Web 2.0 is the second generation of websites and web design. Web 2.0 is an initiative that was conceived to encouraged end users and advanced users to collaborate in bringing back the boom of the web after the dotcom bubble burst. O’Reilly Media’s owner was the first one to use the term back in 2001, after the bubble burst, at the first ever Web 2.0 conference. It should be noted, though that internet creator, Tim Berners-Lee, stated that he thinks the term is meaningless because the notion of Web 2.0 ideas and products existed back when the net was first started.
The idea behind Web 2.0 is that by allowing all types of users to contribute to the world wide web, it will be able to grow and be profitable once again, as it once was back in the 1990’s. The goal was to build networks that allowed anybody and everybody to be a part of web 2.0, unlike the first generation, where you had to be either somebody or at least know advance web coding and software to be just able to allow your web presences known. With Web 2.0, the software has advanced, so it lets all people who know how to click and point a mouse to be able to have a life on the web and get published.
Really they are 4 levels when it comes to Web 2.0, so here is a break of Web 2.0 levels.
Level 3:Sites or applications that work only online, and allow users to contribute and connect. Some examples are Wikipedia, Skype, AdSense, eBay and Craigslist.
Level 2:Applications that can work offline and online, but can also be used online for better use. Examples would be Flickr and Napster.
Level 1:Applications that were built for offline use, yet can be more effective online. Examples are Google Docs and Spreadsheets, and iTunes.
Level 0:Applications that go both ways without much a of difference. Examples are MapQuest, Google Maps and Yahoo Local.
It has been said that Web 2.0 is more of a platform for web users than anything else. Without Web 2.0, the world wide web would be pretty much dead. Thanks to the advent of Web 2.0, that’s how most of today’s site content is created. Users submitted and user produced articles and news, is what keeps the web following and alive.
Most of the technology behind Web 2.0 is advanced and still growing. Browser-based applications, content syndication, messaging-protocols, server software, standards-oriented browsers with plugins and extensions, and other client-based applications are all part of Web 2.0. Many sites are considered Web 2.0, because with Web 1.0 they couldn’t exist thanks to the way they use keywords and tags.
The way that Web 2.0 works is by allowing users to control what they submit and it also allows them to do SEO (Search Engine Optimization) with keywords and tags for easy finding. Basically it’s a community effort, and people have to work together if they want to succeed in the world of Web 2.0.
As you can see, that it is so much more than just a platform. It has taken on a life of its own and is still growing and booming. Everywhere you turn and every site you go on, is likely a product of Web 2.0. This exciting generation of the world wide web is only beginning and is likely to stay around for a long time.