For the past couple of weeks I have been researching on the business implications of what is called Web 2.0. I cannot say my vision and understanding is clear at this point. It seems to me though that this new stage of the web's development is about to bring very significant enhancements for the non-technical user (like me). And unlike what happened back in the late nineties, the way Web 2.0 tools are presented addresses user benefits as well as technology aspects. That is very encouraging. The first tools that are being presented bring tangible benefits to "end-users" in domains that are fun to explore: blogging, social bookmarking, music and multimedia. Striking contrast compared to the way the first phase of the web was "marketed". I believe the web is here to stay and we have only seen the tip of the iceberg in terms of its influence on business and everyday life.
Follow this link for an excellent analysis of Web 2.0: http://www.oreillynet.com/lpt/a/6228.