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January 15, 2010

Web 2.0 Characteristics

It is very hard to define "web 2.0" in a general statement as you would expect of a dictionary. Most people define web 2.0 in terms of the characteristics that make it unique from how the World Wide Web has changed over the last half decade.

On TechPluto, an article by Prashant Sharma called "Core Characteristics of Web 2.0 Services" (November 28, 2008) defines web 2.0 in terms of 7 key characteristics.

O'Reilly, credited to be the originator of the terminology, breaks the definition down into a couple of visual representations that are very powerful in an article called "What Is Web 2.0". One diagram highlights examples of web 1.0 versus the web 2.0 equivalent. The other diagram is a "meme map" defining all the characteristics of web 2.0.

Here is another video by Dr. Michael Wesch. In this one, we see how the use of information has changed over time.

Posted by Brian Gray on January 15, 2010 07:00 AM

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