Web 2.0

by Stephanie Chasteen on April 27, 2007

Part of the reason that I started this blog. I want to see what it’s like to participate in this “global conversation” — or, more pessimistically, to be one of a million voices in the wind. This is web 2.0, and it’s causing a lot of fuss everywhere. In the education world, everyone’s a buzz with it. It’s the cool thing. I’m both excited and pessimistic. It’s great that it’s easier for everyone to get in on the conversations. On the other hand, not everyone has something interesting (or accurate) to say. It’s getting noisy out there.

Web 2.0 is, for those of you who haven’t heard the term, the idea that the web is moving away from static publishing and towards user-generated content and user participation. It encompasses personalization (My Yahoo!), social networking (Flickr), collaboration (Flickr, del.ic.io.us, wikis), mashups (google maps + craigs list = housing maps), etc.

Here’s a nice short video of what web 2.0 means anyway, focussing on the precedence of form over content in the current programming of web media and pages.

And here is a list of (Wikipedia!) entries which overlap with web 2.0

Web 2.0
User Generated Content
Tags
Folksonomy
Social Bookmarking
Creative Commons
Citizen Journalism
Blog
Vodcasting
Podcasting
Mash-ups
Collaborative Networked Learning
Social Network
Reputation System
Wikipedia Policies

{ 2 comments }

ZeMMs April 28, 2007 at 5:50 pm

Web3.0 is coming up next. So be prepared for the next Web technology leap 😀

sciencegeekgirl April 29, 2007 at 8:00 pm

Ah, so Web 2.0 is *so* 2005. Web 3.0 is really a new vision of the web. Web 2.0 was about publishing, Web 2.0 is about adding data about *content*, and web 3.0 is about adding data about *meaning*. I have already seen some smart use of computer algorithms in this regard. For instance, an application which learns to describe the content in images. Users “teach” it by describing many image, and the computer “learns” what a bike looks like. Given the huge task of cataloguing images on the web, this is a boon. But, currently, it takes a lot of manpower to “teach” these applications to do this. What would Web 3.0 look like?

Here’s an article on web 3.0 http://tinyurl.com/yfguv7

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