Is your website Web 2.0 ?

Web 2.0 is ubiquitous, but what is it? Even after spending years developing web-applications, the term “web 2.0″ was incomprehensible to me until today. Today, finally, I am enlightmented by Stephen Downes’  presentation, titled “Trends and Impacts of E-Learning 2.0″. Although, the presentation is about E-Learning, Stephen spends considerable time discussing Web 2.0 and its features. Rather than explaining what a web 2.0 application can do, one of the major reason for confusing the term, Stephen focuses on the features or characteristics of web 2.0. Below is the crux of his interesting presentation:

Characteristics of Web 2.0:

  • Social Networking – allows users to maintain a list of friends
  • Tagging – allows users to individually tag resources – Stephen calls it single autonomous actions
  • Ajax – allows to update parts of a page rather then the whole page.
  • REST - allows to com
  • JSON – its a lightweight data interchange format – (I won’t include it as the core feature of Web 2.0  :-(    )
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About Ritesh Agrawal

I am a applied researcher who enjoys anything related to statistics, large data analysis, data mining, machine learning and data visualization.
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2 Responses to Is your website Web 2.0 ?

  1. Abhishek says:

    I think web 2.0 is a very loosely defined term which can be applied to pretty much everything online. Lots of new businesses claim to be web 2.0, but that in itself is nothing to be excited about. The key issue is – how can the cheap and reliable connectivity be combined with relatively low cost of development, such that an innovative offering is produced for the customers. The issue here is not just providing a ‘better’ way of doing something but in fact creating something that was never possible earlier.

    Successful applications like Myspace, Youtube and Facebook provide some pointers. But I think these have barely scratched the surface. We are still figuring out the scope of ‘possible’ social interactions possible on the web. However, in the near future we will see the boundaries this social scope stretched further outside. It is on those boundaries that the real innovation will happen.

    Will it be limited to social interactions, probably not? So what type of interaction will it be? i am not sure but I know that it will be something more just than being able to see each others profiles and exchange messages. It will fundamentally change the way we operate – like Amazon.com changed our shopping habits, these new applications will change our way of life. What are those habits? This probably is a billion dollar question.

  2. ragrawal says:

    Probably you are true from a user perspective. But at the same time, I strongly feel that the notion of web 2.0 is not that loose. It has specific characteristics. What you suggested in the last paragraph relates a lot to the ideas of “semantic web”. I consider web2.0 as a mean to facilitate “semantic web”. You might also want to read this article published on Economist
    http://www.economist.com/science/tq/displaystory.cfm?story_id=9716955

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