Is the future of Web 2.0 mobile?

By Mitch Wagner of Information Week posted an overview from John Battelle of Federated Media, Tim O’Reilly of O’Reilly Media, and Eric Faurot, senior VP at CMP of the Web 2.0 Summit yesterday. In this overview they ask an important question: Where is Web 2.0 Going?
Cell Phone Internet Browser
The answer? Mobile!

There’s a huge opportunity to turn the kind of data the phone has into services

I couldn’t agree more! Mobile phones are so widely used, but how many cell phone users browse the internet?

According to, among the 237 million wireless subscribers in the U.S., 70 percent use their phones to text message, more than 32 million accessed the Internet on their phones last month, and 41 percent use their phones to send picture messages.

32 million and that’s just in the US! Mobile internet usage is growing at a steady rate yet is still widely underused in the Web 2.0 world. Expect the gap between mobile and Web 2.0 to close over the next few years as more and more services are launched targeting the mobile user.

Looking for a new startup idea? Think mobile!

Fourth Annual Web 2.0 Summit 2007

By Yesterday kicked off the start of the Fourth Annual Web 2.0 Summit 2007. Web 2.0 Summit focuses on emerging business and technology developments that utilize the Web as a platform and defines how the Web will drive business in the future.
Web 2.0 Summit 2007 LogoI was disappointed that there are no live streams of the event that I can find. I was able to find a few live bloggers including Bobbie Johnson of The Guardian, Mitch Wagner of Information Week, and Paul Miller at Nodalities.

The Summit is literally a who’s who of the internet industry. Speakers this year include Steve Ballmer (CEO, Microsoft), Jay Adelson (CEO, Digg/Revision3), Mark Zuckerberg (Founder and CEO, Facebook), and Evan Williams (Co-founder, Twitter) and many many more.

I’ll be keeping a close eye on the news coming from the Summit as many companies love using these conferences as announcement platforms. I hope to attend next year in my orange tuxedo! That should get some attention!