What is Web 2.0
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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