a digital innovation studio
617.435.4368

What is Web 2.0?

If you are reading this blog, you have most likely heard of the phrase Web 2.0, though you may not know exactly what it means. Every expert seems to have a different definition, although it is generally accepted that sites like Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, YouTube, Wikipedia, Craigslist, WordPress, IMDb, Flickr, Photobucket, eHow, Digg, DeviantArt, 37Signals and many more are considered Web 2.0 websites. This evolution of the world wide web focuses on social networking sites, video sharing, photo sharing, bookmarking sites, blogs, wikis, tagging capabilities, smoother interaction between software programs and web applications. Web 2.0 means more interactivity on websites, allowing everyone to collaborate and share their information, photos, videos, etc. Anyone can upload to the internet easily and without knowledge of coding. Decentralizing of information from one source to many. Another feature is the increasing interoperability of systems, software, files, etc.

Web 2.0 allows the visitor to define the comfortability of using websites. The goal of user-centric web design is to build the sites’ architecture for the ease of use of the person visiting your website. Successful web entrepreneurs ensure the visitor understands how to navigate thru the site to find the information they are looking for. You don’t want to make the visitor conform to your idea of how a website should be laid out because people don’t have time to figure out the nuances of every different site. On the web there is too much competition and if a website isn’t instantly understood, the visitor will hit the back button right out of your site to go somewhere else.

Features of Web 2.0 existed since the beginning of the World Wide Web, yet were not developed as they are today for a huge audience. Web 2.0 does not refer to a change of technical specifications, it’s a change of attitude on the web to enhance creativity for all people. Tim Berners-Lee, creator of the World Wide Web says that it was intended to be a collaborative interactive platform for all.

Features of Web 2.0 existed since the beginning of the World Wide Web, yet were not developed as they are today for a huge audience. Web 2.0 does not refer to a change of technical specifications, it’s a change of attitude on the web to enhance creativity for all people. Tim Berners-Lee, creator of the World Wide Web says that it was intended to be a collaborative interactive platform for all.

0 Comments

Leave A Comment