Welcome to Web 2.0

Well, the cat is out of the bag. The popular media is now raving about "Web 2.0". Check out Newsweek, New York Times, and Slate, among others. So we might as well talk about what Web 2.0 is.

There are hundreds of definitions for Web 2.0 floating around as people try to put all of the new tools and trends into a simple definition, but I think the most concise way to define it is: "Web 2.0 is a user-centered internet". While Web 1.0 was about users pulling data from huge data sources, such as CNN, NYTimes, and even Google, Web 2.0 is about users getting data from users. In Web 1.0 we had content providers and users, in Web 2.0 there are only users. The users provide the content to themselves.

The types of tools that are making this happen include blogs, wikis, bookmark sharing, and social networking sites. These provide easy tools for anyone to easily provide web content in a well-structured way.

While some people dislike the term "Web 2.0", there doesn't seem to be any other phrase that has captured this new internet dynamic.

Web 2.0 tools are even making their way into the workplace. Web 2.0 provides easy tools for workers to organize their own work, share insights with, and gain feedback from their colleagues. In fact, 287's own Troy Kruger has his own blog about Assistive Technology at http://techbytroy.blogspot.com. So I think you'll be seing much more of Web 2.0 soon!

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