What Is Web 2.0 – Response

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.


3 thoughts on “What Is Web 2.0 – Response

  1. As long as sites are being transparent about what info they are gathering and what information they are sharing with other sites, it seems to me like we can choose, as consumers, whether to visit something or not. Google monetizes our curiosity, but it probably seems like a small price to pay for the convenience to most casual browsers.
    But a lot of the information being collected isn’t for everyone’s benefit, and some of it isn’t even acknowledged. NPR ran a piece recently on the FCC cracking down of the makers of game apps targeted at children for gathering data–contacts, location, all kinds of creepy stuff–through the software. So there are a couple of different levels, I think, to our concerns about data ownership and info sharing, even past our worries that Instragram will sell photos of our lunch at a tidy profit.

  2. I found your summary of the article interesting and it is true that there is a great debate about who owns what. Writers, musicians, photographers, and many others publish to the internet but do they lose all ownership of their material when they do so? Publishing on the internet is easy but hard to regulate. There also seems to be a lack of understanding between people who own certain websites and people who use them. When I post a picture to google do I own it? Who can see it? When people use the internet there is a certain amount of ownership given up for using the site. What do you think 3.0 might look like and what would be something you wish 3.0 would do?

  3. Great post!
    Your analysis of how the web has become such a large part of our lives was very interesting to read. I hadn’t very much realized how much the internet has changed into such a personalized experience – you are correct in saying that the experience is better for each user the more each user uses a certain website. I especially liked the part about the web being a network in intertwining branches, all leading to something new to be discovered. I too, along with most of the people I know, could not live without internet today!

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