Alan Spurgeon

What is Web 2.0?

Web 2.0 is a growing term used amongst internet savvy people, but what does it mean?

On the 25th December 1990, Sir Timothy Berners-Lee made his first communication on what is now known as the world wide web.

In 2003 a new term was born in preparation for a conference, Web 2.0.

The term seems to have stuck and is now used to describe a multitude of applications and platforms.

Web 2.0 What Is It?

Typically with many things internet based, Web 2.0 is somewhat difficult to define.

Coined as a ‘buzz word’, ‘marketing campaign’, or ‘tech jargon’, Web 2.0 is a subjective word used to describe a new phase of using the internet.

Web 2.0 is a change in focus, or enhancement in the use of technology and applications.

Perhaps the most significant development which is branded as Web 2.0 is the increased interaction and collaboration by web users with websites. An example of this would be Facebook, which is a website that allows users to interact with each other, post information and content themselves and collaborate together.

Other applications described as web 2.0 include:

# Blogging
# Ajax and other new technologies
# social bookmarking
# social networking
# wikis
# dynamic websites
# integrated applications

These are just examples of what some people refer to as Web 2.0, ultimately Web 2.0 is in the eye of the beholder.


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