What is Web 2.0?

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Last night, I was at a dinner, where one of the topics of discussion was Web 2.0. More appropriately, what is Web 2.0? It is a damn fine question, and difficult one to answer. D. Keith Robinson writes, “Depending on who’s using the term, you could be talking about the Web as a platform for applications, a philosophy in building and designing Web applications, a group of powerful Web technologies, and much more.” Mark Sigal says, “At the core, it is an applied web service model that blurs the line between software and service.”

Dave Winer says, “Web 2.0 is a marketing concept used by venture capitalists and conference promoters to try to call another bubble into existence.” Richard McManus has his own take here.

From my perspective, I define Web 2.0 as a “collection of technologies – be it VoIP, Digital Media, XML, RSS, Google Maps… whatever …. that leverage the power of always on, high speed connections and treat broadband as a platform, and not just a pipe to connect.” Clearly, Web 2.0 is different and many things to many people. What is your definition? How do you view it? Curious to find out, especially before next week’s Web 2.0 conference.

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mobiliario

This is a really good discussion! It is interesting that it has spanned over a few years and is still relevant. Thanks for the viewpoints – Happy 2010!

Essex Web Site Designer

I had the same “what is web2.0?” discussion just a few nights ago, almost a complete 2 years since this post was originally written!

… and yes we are still struggling to put a rock solid definition together.

Maybe Web2.0 never really existed, or maybe it’s just forever evolving!

Web Design Ireland

Web 2.0 is about putting this information resource to work. This generally means web based applications/services that take advantage of raw data often from several sources to turn aggrate data into more than the sum of it’s parts.

Constantine

I’ve taken a quick look at your postings, which are very interesting. Lots of material and ideas! Congrats on being so focused!

Anita, web developer

I agree with the following description: “Web 2.0 is a marketing concept used by venture capitalists and conference promoters to try to call another bubble into existence.” But no matter what one’s attitude is we must admit that this recent development has an odd name.

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