On October 26, 2006, the Silicon Valley Chapter of STC hosted author and videoblogger Stephanie Bryant. Bryant briefed a growing audience on the terms tool and techniques of Web 2.0.
The phrase Web 2.0 was coined by Tim O’Reilly and encompasses RSS feeds, blogs, wikis and other ways to create, find and display information. Bryant focused on how technical writers can make the most of these tools to reach their audience. Basically the top-down, hierarchial, control-freak single-source approach of releasing structured documents in PDF or HTML is giving way to collaborative customer-driven XML and AJAX docs.
I recommend you check out her blog and books for more thoughts on Web 2.0. I liked her take on the word ‘monetize’. It obviously means to make money, but sounds awkward. I told her that maybe we had it all wrong. Maybe Web 2.0 developers mean to make their sites more like the style of French Impressionist painter Monet. Of course, this leaves open the possibility of Cubist Blogs or Abstract Abstracts.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to monetize my content.
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