Web 2.0 was first introduced in 2003 and was aimed at creating a more interactive, application-like web. Web 2.0 exists in a dynamic state, meaning it is constantly being updated and edited by any human participant. People are the key component of Web 2.0, because they are responsible for all the content on Web 2.0. This can be done in in the following ways: video files, audio files, blogs, forums, ect. A hallmark of the Web 2.0 technology is that its goal is to facilitate participatory information sharing, interoperability, user-centered design, and collaboration on the World Wide Web.
The Development of Web 2.0
The crash of the dot-com world in the fall of 2001 sparked the need for a conference that gave rise to the concept of "Web 2.0". The initial brainstorm was between MediaLive International and it's VP Tim O'Reilly, where they tried to differentiate the new Web 2.0 from the previous Web 1.0. At a very basic level they made simple, yet effective changes such as:
- DoubleClick to Google AdSense
- Ofoto to Flickr
- Akamai to BitTorrent
- mp3.com to Napster
- Britannica Online to Wikipedia
- personal websites to blogging
- page views to cost per click
- screen scraping to web services
- publishing to participation
- directories (taxonomy) to tagging ("folksonomy")
- stickiness to syndication
The Web 2.0 Summit
The Web 2.0 Summit, previously called the Web 2.0 conference has developed into an annual conference held in San Francisco, California focused on discussions about the World Wide Web. The event was started in 2004 by Tim O'Reilly, who is also credited with coining the term "Web 2.0". The Summit is organized by O'Reilly's company, O'Reilly Media, along with the help of journalist and entrepreneur John Battelle. The Web 2.0 Summit is an invitation-only event, and has featured many of the most prominent enterpreneurs and thinkers of the web design and development community.
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Web 2.0 Comics
You can find many Web 2.0 comics on the internt poking fun at how it was developed and where it is heading in the future.
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