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Web 2.0: ‘Attitude,’ ‘fashion trend’ or mainstay?

Experts discuss trends in interactive Web sites

NEW ORLEANS -- Web 2.0 may be less about technology and more about attitude, said Errol Samuelson, president of Top Producer Systems and senior vice president of the software group for National Association of Realtors-affiliated Move Inc. Samuelson, who spoke during a "Web 2.0 and Mashups" presentation Sunday at a National Association of Realtors conference, also said that new technology typically takes about 20 years "to become an overnight success," citing the example of the dot-com boom, bubble, burst and resurgence. Panelists during the session attempted to define the concept of Web 2.0 and to explain how this second-generation of Internet technologies could be relevant for the real estate industry. Web 2.0 sites allow consumers to be participants in Web sites rather than just members of the Web audience, Samuelson explained. Web 2.0 can also be used as an all-encompassing buzzword for new technology, though Web 2.0 sites are not necessarily Realtor-friendly, said Mark Lesswing, d...