What is web 2.0?

The machine is usWhat is Web 2.0? Even the experts in the heart of Silicon Valley argue about the answer. There’s a Web 2.0 “style,” generally lots of whitespace, big type, and rounded edges. There’s a Web 2.0 Conference – several, in fact – where all the Web 2.0 digerati gather. There are books about Web 2.0. And now there are even people starting to talk about Web 3.0.

Can we get 2.0 nailed down first?

Most people, when they think of Web 2.0, think about all the information that is being shared throughout the internet. Photos on Flickr; profiles on social networking sites like Facebook and LinkedIn; Wikipedia, a free encyclopedia developed by online collaborators; even Amazon’s huge use of interactive features for their shoppers, from reviews and recommendations all the way to personal profiles, blog posts, and shared lists.

We continue to add more resources to the online world; at the same time, we have begun tagging and organizing this huge mass of data so that it can be more useful.

A picture is worth a thousand words; for the best visual explanation I’ve seen to date, spend 5 minutes on this video. It’s well worth your time.

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