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How Web 2.0 is your site?

Via the Guardian Technology Blog is the Web 2.0 Validator, which tells you how Web 2.0-compliant your site is. Things like mentioning Flickr and using Python score your bonus points, as does using the Google Maps API and Ajax.
Out of the 24 tests there at the moment, this site scores 7. Not great, and it incorrectly assumes I use Python when I actually don’t, but then I’m not big on the whole Web 2.0 thing. So how Web 2.0-compliant is your site?


  1. Hmm, I’m now tempted to build a website which passes all 24 tests just to see what I end up with.
    My main website only passes three tests, but it’s missed the fact that I do ocaisionally use Python and Ruby for some of the backend stuff and the fact that I ocaisionally use Google Maps.

  2. Web 2.0 is such a buzz word load of rubbish…
    Don’t get me wrong, the tech is cool stuff, AJAX and the recently evolving web-aps are good. But I am underwhelmed by things which use Web 2.0 as a marketing term. In the same was that flock just seems, silly.

  3. I think part of the reason for this validator is to re-inforce the sillyness surrounding “Web 2.0”. But I do agree with you – some sites that use so-called Web 2.0 technologies can be really good, but merely using lots of Ajax and stuff does not make a good site. There’s a skill in making good use of it.

  4. talktodan, you do realise AJAX is also a marketing buzzword too.
    WebTwoPointOh is silly and no one has really defined what it is. It is now simply a joke between developers. It usually means a community driven website (such as Flickr) which has tags (what doesn’t nowadays) and the ability to EXPORT and USE YOUR data however you like (usuall RSS)

  5. I loathe the term “Web 2.0” and feel anybody using it must be trying to sell you something… whether it be training… a new web site… a book… software… whatever.
    There are always going to be cutting edge web sites, and always have been. To draw a line to declare the “haves” from the “have-nots” is all marketing hype. As long as end-users have the functionality they want, “Web 2.0” is a sales pitch and nothing more.
    AJAX is also an entertaining… a buzzword for a suite of web site construct methods that have been around well before “Web 2.0” – but how can you sell old technology? You can’t! So let’s dust it off, give it a catchy new name, and sell it as shiny and new!
    Bah! I’m skipping Web 2.0 and making my site be Web 3.0. 🙂

  6. Interesting. only scores 4 out of 25: so your site is more Web2ish than Google Maps… I think the tests are wonky 😉

  7. That was cute, if not terribly accurate! (For example, I do TOO have a favicon.)

  8. The score for is 6 out of 26, that’s a total surprise for me. I’ve absolutely no idea about Web 2.0, there are so many buzz words these days that it’s starting to get confusing and messy.