What is Web 2.0???

In the article O’Reilly presents the seven features that he believes are principle to Web 2.0. He does a great job of establishing the differences between what was Web 1.0 and the current Web 2.0 service. When he was talking about Google as a form of collective intelligence, I thought it was intriguing how he referred to it as a “middleman” or “enabler.” I never thought of Google search in that light. I also thought it was interesting how he saw wikipedia as an “experiment on trust.” Further on in the article, O’Reilly makes the case that “if a site relies on advertising to get the word out, it isn’t Web 2.0.” We see examples of this in Facebook and other social networking sites to which I have NEVER seen an advertisement for. When I was reading about RSS and everything that had to offer, it reminded me of the process of twitter. RSS was the first to allow one to subscribe to a page and then in turn get notifications every time that page changes. I wasn’t sure if there was any real connection there, but I definitely saw some similarities. Another thing the caught my eye was the permalink; which was the first successful attempt to build bridges between weblogs. All of these systems had a part in the development of social networking which is relevant to me because I spend so much of my time using social networks. I think Dan Gilmore sums Web 2.0 the best when calling it “we the media,” referring to the users dictating it as oppose to “a few people in the back room, deciding what’s important.”

One Response to “What is Web 2.0???”

  1. Jim Says:

    I like the “we the media” quote as well, now what exactly does that mean, and how might it impact traditional ideas of both media and education as we know it? I think underlying Web 2.0 there is some radical possibilities for rethinking the delivery of stories that we have seen play out through social media more broadly.

    Also, I think the link between Twitter and RSS you make here is right on, Twitter work in many ways as a real time recommendation engine, and if people run their posts and other work through twitter, it in many ways can act like a feed reader. So I agree with you to some degree on how Twitter is using the most recent update logic behind RSS to frame its service, the big difference is that Twitter’s is not necessarily an open standard, but a specific approach to a single service whereas RSS is a standard that works across sites and services. What I find fascinating about twitter is a syntax has grown up around this site that actually make instantaneous conversation and chatter both possible and simple to filter

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