Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Web 2.0

Honestly, this techie word is new to me. When I first heard of the term Web 2.0, what I thought of it was something like a software that is related to the web. The 2.0 tagged along the name sounds to me like this may be an upgraded version of its previous software, probably the Web 1.0. But as I researched through the internet and read a couple of articles about it, I found out the meaning of it as changing trends in the use of World Wide Web technology and web design that aim to enhance creativity, communications, secure information sharing, collaboration and functionality of the web. Hmm...that seems to be way too far from my personal definition...

"The second coming of the web"

Before, users of the internet consume professionally produced content on different websites. The authors create content based on what they think the people want resulting to a slow, expensive and low content variety websites.This one-way communication is referred to as the Web 1.0. As the internet usage evolved, there was a need in human interaction. People changed the way they use the web. This new trend allows the users to publish their content and it is more focused on the wants of the internet users.

Here's an additional definition of Web 2.0 taken from Wikipedia: Web 2.0 encapsulates the idea of the proliferation of interconnectivity and interactivity of web-delivered content. Tim O'Reilly regards Web 2.0 as the way that business embraces the strengths of the web and uses it as a platform. O'Reilly considers that Eric Schmidt's abridged slogan, don't fight the Internet, encompasses the essence of Web 2.0 — building applications and services around the unique features of the Internet, as opposed to expecting the Internet to suit as a platform (effectively "fighting the Internet").

Tim O'Reilly's Web 2.0

  • The Web As a Platform
  • Harnessing Collective Intelligence
  • Data is the Next Intel Inside
  • End of the Software Release Cycle
  • Lightweight Programming Models
  • Software Above the Level of a Single Device
  • Rich User Experiences
Some examples of the Web 2.0 are:
MySpace, Youtube, Flickr, del.icio.us, Wikipedia, and Skype