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If you haven’t seen it, it’s new to you

And if you’re living on Internet time, perhaps even if you have seen it. The most overused phrase at Web 2.0, aside from “at the end of the day”, is some variation of “next generation” applied to software or services. Every new app being talked about here is next generation or revolutionary or __[fill in the blank]__. The sheer amount of supposed novelty being blasted at the audience is exhausting…everything is changing the world in a significant way. I imagine many of the attendees โ€” those who read 900 Atom/RSS files in their newsreaders daily perhaps โ€” find this energizing, but it saps my energy. No wonder Meg left the biz to focus on something a little less suppositious.