“… the number of startups that contact us and include the term Web 2.0 in the subject line or message is visibly dropping (and that's a good thing), and I hardly ever see it mentioned anymore on other technology blogs and news sites either. That's not really tangible, so I took a look at the number of mentions of the phrase across the web, and they seem to be decreasing significantly…”
Definitely time for a name change - but maybe the traffic decrease on “Web 2.0â€³ is caused by “economic distress” - there's so many layoffs in the Tech Industry now - people are more drawn to substance over hype at this time, and a lot of Web 2.0, was, in fact, hype. I used Google Trends to try to prove the correlation between a lack of jobs and a lack of enthusiasm for Web 2.0
The chart speaks for itself - it isn't 100% a match - but still - to me, the organizers of conferences, like Web 2.0 Expo need to start changing the focus away from hype and into reality.Volume Rank Destination Website % Total Keyword
Just another thought on this quiet, Saturday afternoon.