Original Article – What is Web 2.0
As the internet has become more and more of a part of our everyday lives, the world wide web and the enormous amount of websites that make up this virtual world have evolved. The internet has become drastically more complex, linking us to information, resources, tools, news, pictures, events and so much more. I find it interesting that the dot-com bubble, which I thought was phrase coined by the business sector for the financial collapse of many web-based, internet companies, is also seen as the turning point from Web 1.0 to Web 2.0. Websites became more detail oriented and specific, with certain items and characterizations for things in our everyday lives. The internet has turned into a collaboration of software, data, tools and hardware all interacting to give users the best end results. Web 2.0 is taking the focus away from applications and more to platforms, structure and architecture for interaction between individuals, companies, databases, information and so much more. When more and more people are able to utilize the tools on the internet more effectively, everyone is better off. Innovation has taken the internet to a new level, as websites have become “smarter” and advertising is more precise and tailored to the individual user. The extent to which other users are used to enhance the internet is astounding. Websites like Wikipedia, Amazon, Ebay and many others mentioned in the article all heavily rely on all of the individual users to make the overall experience good while also helping to improve them.
The internet used to be full of sites that were mostly geared toward transactions and information, but has grown mightily into an online community with more personal and individual aspects. Blogging has lead the way to more personal websites, accounting for new forms of communication, networking, discussion and friendship. Social Media sites have helped to provide a network for individuals to carry out these new online relationships, Facebook and MySpace the most well known. Free and open expression on platforms such as twitter, Flickr, Instagram, youtube, and other media sharing sites that allow people to express their passions to more than just the people they physically run into. The internet has become an interactive and virtual world with millions of intertwining branches that connect the billions of people around the world. It is no longer the published, read-only content of the past, it has evolved into user generated, constantly changing read-write web. The problem then becomes who owns the data and information. With so many people being relied upon for the improvement of the web, does each person have control over the content they provide or is the website or database that holds the rights to the user based content on their site? The question is complex and difficult to come up with an exact answer to, yet most people understand that the information we provide during out internet browsing helps everyone, and mutual benefit and co-development is key to improving the web.
I use the internet a tremendous amount each and every day. Whether its for school work, browsing websites, reading news articles or obtaining information, catching up on my favorite sports teams or going on a variety of social media and networking sites, the internet is a tool that I probably could not live without. Its constantly changing environment and the new tools and resources that are available online everyday are helpful in making people smarter and our lives more efficient and easy. I now wonder when Web 2.0 turns into Web 3.0, and what changes a new internet generation would have.