I think the problem with Web 2.0 and AJAX hype is not with the metapor nor technology but with the people. They seem rather empty to me, more class clowns than bread earners. What ever happened to all the startups mentioned in TechCrunch? In reflection, they were more like TV pilots than businesses. Here today, gone tomorrow. How many of their products are truely useful? Coolness doesn't put bread on the table nor is it a good measure of usefulness. All it brings is 15 minutes of fame. For something to be useful, people have to use it everyday from day one until something better shows up. Do you use YouTube everyday? Digg? Do you see yourself using it a year from now?
I agree that the world is changing right before our eyes but I think the stuff we see now are more likely to be flying debris than newfoundlands. And it doen't help much that so much of that are built on mushy ad-based landscape. Lacking utility and ad-based…doesn't that sound like an entertainment business? Is that all Web 2.0 is? A geek version of entertainment business?
Sorry. I am in a pissy mood tonight.