I am really amazed with the number of Web 2.0 sites (or should I say – applications?) that appear daily. There is a great site (eHub ) which hosts a constantly updated list of almost everything related to Web 2.0 – and almost every day some new resources are being added. While being amazed with the execution and design of the majority of these sites, I am at the same time surprised with their similarity. It seems like the developers are just remixing a few ideas, waiting that somehow they will eventually stumble upon the winning combination. “Friendster meet epinions”, “mashup between del.icio.us, flickr and yahoo news”, “sex offender data with google maps”… Every idea by itself sounds exciting and promising – but all together they give an impression of the same pattern being repeated over and over again and again.
I do not see this as a fundamental problem with Web 2.0 concept – I just think that for too many developers it’s still just an opportunity to play with new toys and to create a cool-looking modern web application.