I couldn’t help it. The interface was so clean. A single entry box, a la Google. I typed in the URL for this blog, hit the return key, and the Web 2.0 Validator promptly returned a score. This blog gets points for being in public beta, referring to Flickr, del.icio.us, mash-ups and, of course, Web 2.0. I got dinged for not being built on Ruby on Rails and for not integrating Google Maps API or a Bloglines blogroll. Also, no mentions of VCs, RDF or Semantic Web
The validator has tongue at least partially in cheek, but the mechanisms behind the 30 Second Rule effort are interesting. For one thing, the rules against which sites are gauged change daily as new criteria are pulled at random from user submissions. To submit your Web 2.0 rule, simply bookmark the validator URL and type your entry into the “notes” field. That, in itself, is a pretty cool implementation.
For the record, dispatchesfromblogistan.com scored 6 out of 16. I may have to try again tomorrow. No telling if the above mention of venture capital will count toward anything then, but that’s pretty much always a turkey shoot.
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