Web 2.0 – What’s it All About?
If this is not your first day on the web you may have witnessed,
were a victim of or have at least heard about the bursting of the
dot com bubble in the fall of 2001. Fortunes that had been made
overnight were lost overnight.
The sky was falling. It was a very scary time for a lot of
people. Some said that the World Wide Web was just a
flash-in-the-pan idea that had been over-hyped and that the
crash was irrefutable proof of that fact.
There were, however, some survivors of the 2001 dot com
bust. The survivors had a few important commonalities and
there were those who insisted that the World Wide UFABET เว็บตรง was
more important than ever and had a very bright future
One of those who saw the results of the 2001 dot com bust as
a ‘glass half full’ rather than a ‘glass half empty’ was a
man by the name of Tim O’Reilly. O’Reilly (of O’Reilly
Media) met with Dale Dougherty of Media Live International
in 2004. Out of that meeting the term ‘Web 2.0’ was born.
The definition that Tim O’Reilly gives for Web 2.0 is: “Web
2.0 is the business revolution in the computer industry
caused by the move to the internet as platform, and an
attempt to understand the rules for success on that new
Chief among those rules is this: Build applications that
harness network effects to get better the more people use
Web 2.0 can be viewed as an upgrade to the World Wide Web.
It is still the web but it is a new and improved version of
New technologies such as blogs, social bookmarking, wikis,
podcasts and RSS feeds are just a few of the technologies
that are helping to shape and direct Web 2.0.
The Web before the dot com crash is often referred to as Web
1.0 now but only since the coining of the term Web 2.0.
Some of the more obvious difference between Web 1.0 and Web
2.0 are: DoubleClick replaced by Google AdSense, Britannica
Online replaced by Wikipedia, Personal Web Pages replaced by
Blogs, Content Management Systems replaced by Wikis and
Directories replaced by Social Bookmarking.
These are only a very few of the differences between Web 1.0
and Web 2.0 but they are major ones.
You will notice, if you look carefully that the commonality
of many of the differences between Web 1.0 and Web 2.0 is
that Web 1.0 was driven and controlled by the
‘powers-that-be’ and Web 2.0 is driven by users.
That is a huge difference and the one that is making Web 2.0
more and more user friendly not to mention more and more
profitable for just average people. You might even call it a
power shift of seismic proportions.
Once the websites that could be accessed on the Internet
were built and controlled by only a few and were certainly
not ‘interactive’ but today anybody with an idea, a few
dollars and just a little know-how can build a Web 2.0
website that is completely interactive and turn it into a
money-making enterprise if they choose to.
The technology is there. It is easy to use. It is accessible
and it is relatively cheap…. some of it is even free.
Many websites that started out as static websites are now
adding features like blogs and forums and propelling
themselves into the future of Internet commerce. Those
websites who continue be ‘old hat’ are falling further and
Just regular people now expect to be able to ask questions
and get answers from websites and they expect websites to be
at least somewhat interactive. The Internet has always been
and still is a platform for information but with Web 2.0 it
has finally become a platform for participation and interaction.