What is Web 2.0

January 20, 2006 at 1:47 pm 3 comments

Or maybe better, when did the ‘Web 2.0 Era’ begin?  Maybe Web 2.0 isn’t Ajax, or Del.icio.us, or blogs, alone.  It’s about Internet users being authors as well as readers – active participants in the creation of the web.  And this sounds like what many have said, that many of our newer (or more recently popularized) tools (blogs, wikis, etc.) begin to approach Berners-Lee’s original vision of the web.

Consider that original web users were probably also content authors; the geeks that knew how to create and upload html.  As the web turned into a more commercial endeavor and people that had no authoring mojo were flocking in, the ratio of author:user dropped way way below 1:1. 

With the advent or the popularization of ‘making your own webpages (e.g. Geocities)’ or ‘creating web logs,’ or ‘adding content to Wikipedia,’ we reached a minimum in our plot of author:user ratio. 

The web 1.0 era might be defined as t0 up to the point where the author:user started to drop precipitously away from 1:1, and web 2.0 started when author:user passed through this minimum point.  Will we reach 1:1 again?  Maybe that’s Web 3.0

Data has got to be available, for example on sites like clickz.com.

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  • 1. Feed My Pet Brain » More thought on Google Pages  |  February 28, 2006 at 1:43 pm

    […] I think this is why the service is so bare bones.  The more bells and whistles, the less is appeals to folks new to authoring.  The goal might be described also, as a way to push us toward Web 3.0 which I’ve defined as the point where the web’s author:user ratio becomes 1:1.  Again. […]

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  • 2. Feed My Pet Brain » Web 3.0 = social computing  |  April 12, 2006 at 12:49 pm

    […] The web is approaching an author:user ratio of 1:1 = web 3.0 = social computing.  The read/write web.  Social computing requires information literacy, not just the library-help-me-with-my-term-paper information literacy, but 'Social Information Literacy.' […]

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  • 3. Feed My Pet Brain » Implications of the 1% rule  |  July 20, 2006 at 9:04 am

    […] I’ve thought before: “The web 1.0 era might be defined as t0 up to the point where the author:user started to drop precipitously away from 1:1, and web 2.0 started when author:user passed through this minimum point.  Will we reach 1:1 again?  Maybe that’s Web 3.0.  And pushing us to higher levels of content authoring (a ratio author:user great than 1?  Blogjects?) will require higher levels of social information literacy. […]

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