Web 0.2 in the Web 2.0 World
Web 0.2: Counters; Web 2.0: FeedBurner Subscriber Badge
Counters were the ultimate measure of a website's popularity. I mean, the black and white incrementing string of images doesn't lie, right? It's 2009 and we've now moved on to a counter for syndication "hits" as opposed to website hits. Lets not kid ourselves: the counter is alive and well in 2009. (Please ignore the subscriber count on my site :) )
Web 0.2: Guestbooks; Web 2.0: Blog Comments
Guestbooks were used to flame webmasters 90% of the time. Instead of ugly CGI guestbooks we've opted to flame bloggers in the comment sections of their posts.
Web o.2: Geocities; Web 2.0: MySpace
It's hard for me to knock Geocities (and Angelfire and Tripod) because I created my first website there but lets call it what it was: amateur hour. Even before Geocities implemented a WYSIWYG editor, "webmasters" were committing terrible acts of web terrorism with disgusting HTML markup, dreadful animated GIFs, and uncropped, force-sized pictures. Had I not mentioned Geocities, you would have assumed I was talking about MySpace, right?
Web 0.2: Frames; Web 2.0: DiggBar
Frames were always the chief annoyance of any visitor that came from a search engine. Was the current page supposed to be part of multiple frames? And what happens when you bookmark the framed page? You get the same frame's index page. Horrible. Just recently Digg made frames the new black. The DiggBar re-introduces frames as a "utility" to allow easy voting, commenting, etc. What they've introduced back is the web-onic plague.
Web 0.2: Mailing Lists; Web 2.0: RSS Feeds / Google Alerts
Mailing lists were a good way to get daily updates without having to expend much effort. The only problem with mailing lists was that you'd end up with hundreds of unread emails and you'd eventually stop reading them. I don't know about you but that's the way RSS feeds often become with me. The great thing about RSS feeds, however, is that they don't bloat your email (unless you sign up for email RSS, in which case, you have judgment issues.)
So all this time later we think that our websites have evolved, only to realize that we're back where we started again. At least now all of these features are more bearable...or so we hope...