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January 13, 2010

What is web 2.0?

Web 2.0 is very hard to define and means many things depending on your view point. Below follows various ways to identify, describe, or see web 2.0 in action.

O'Reilly (a company well know for their computer books, conferences, and training)and MediaLive International had a web 2.0 conference in 2005 to explore the concept. The conference has continued on each year. Tim O'Reilly has published an article called "What Is Web 2.0, Design Patterns and Business Models for the Next Generation of Software" that is great in bringing everything together. as you go through the article you will see many features that resonate throughout the various attempts to define web 2.0, such as

  • user-generated content
  • web as the platform (i.e. access by any technology with internet capabilities no matter the software installed on the device)
  • perpetual beta - things in constant change
  • "social" web
  • access to data that each user can manipulate
  • cooperation, sharing, collaboration, etc.
[Source: What Is Web 2.0, Design Patterns and Business Models for the Next Generation of Software, by Tim O'Reilly, 09/30/2005, http://oreilly.com/pub/a/web2/archive/what-is-web-20.html?page=1]

Finally, here is a video produced by Dr. Michael Wesch, Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology and Digital Ethnography at Kansas State University, and his students. He is a cultural anthropologist that focuses on social media and digital technology. Several of his projects will be highlighted on this blog due to their relevance to understanding web 2.0.

Posted by Brian Gray on January 13, 2010 11:50 AM

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