The Cathedral and the Bazaar talks about the collaborative bazaar style of open source software development as a superior alternative to the tightly controlled cathedral style of development practiced by most organizations. So whats the connection with web 2.0? The majority of web based businesses have a cathedral style interaction with their users. You can read the New York Times online or buy books from Fabmall or save your bookmarks online with Yahoo bookmarks. None of these allow for greater user participation than reading an article, buying a book or saving a bookmark. Thats where web 2.0 comes in. Web 2.0 businesses have a bazaar style interaction with their users.
Thus, the Guardian online newspaper of UK allows their users to comment on their articles, amazon.com lets you review books, rate reviews and even put up used books for sale and del.icio.us lets you share bookmarks with other users.Lets explore specific ideas and technologies behind this bazaar mode of interacting with the world wide web.