The Web 2.0 Revolution

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This second wave of the World Wide Web applications and uses is called Web 2.0. On these platforms, people are able to share information and collaborate in online communities and such. The main difference from the HTML web pages of the first generation which remained static, version 2.0 is able to offer web applications to the Internet user. With Web 2.0, there is emphasis on the community and the sharing of information, a big factor in it being used more and more as a marketing weapon rather than just a computer term. Examples of 2.0 components are blogs, social media platforms, wikis and web services.

When you surf websites today, you will no doubt come across plenty of reference to the term Web 2.0. It seems to be sweeping the online communities and websites as a revolutionary manner wherein people get to interact in ways never thought possible. Is Web 2.0 really the stuff of the future? How much of it is just hype and just what exactly is new about it?

A closer look at the Web 2.0 history
In 2004, Web 2.0 was simply an idea brewing in the heads of programmers as the “Web used as a platform”. The main concept for the application shifted the Web as being more than just an avenue for people to browse and viewed information. Rather, some great minds believed that it can actually serve as a platform where people could converge, share thoughts and participate in getting things accomplished. While this was the main objective, the concept was still vague at the time and the idea failed to catch fire.

Then Web 2.0 was thought of as programming tools that are responsible for creating pages on the Web that were said to be on the cutting edge of Web 2.0. These applications included SOAP, AJAX, other JavaScript and XML programs that were essential in helping the user get into a closer and more personal application as they normally could.

With further development, Web 2.0, through the application of AJAX technology for example, is allowing users to interact with the information available online. With the use of Web 2.0, the power that used to remain with news sources and software sellers of the traditional landscape are being transferred to amateur developers and writers. Suddenly, these “kids” are able to create Web sites and their own applications that can even get them more credibility than those of the former. It is with the combination of JavaScript tools that enable practically anyone to interact and contribute to the data online is the most essential element of Web 2.0.

Is it revolutionary?
Possibly, but the idea of the Web 2.0 and ability to contribute and interact therein has been around for a very long time although in limited formats. What is truly revolutionary about it is when combined with the mentioned AJAX and other cutting edge browsers. Now individuals are being given a voice and a platform to express their views in a bolder way than ever thought before.