Monday, June 25, 2007

Web 2.0

What is Web 2.0?

Web 2.0 is a term often applied to the perceived ongoing transition of the World Wide Web from a collection of Web sites to a full-fledged computing platform serving Web applications to end users. Ultimately, Web 2.0 services are expected to replace desktop computing applications for many purposes. If Netscape was the standard bearer for Web 1.0, it’s Google for Web 2.0.

Where is Web 2.0?

Web 2.0 is not a physical entity, but is, rather, the way the Web will be used in the future. For instance, Google started its life as a Web entity and has remained so ever since. It never created any products that could be shipped physically. Its income was generated through users— directly or indirectly—and will continue to do so. Moreover, the integration of its services is a good example of what the Web 2.0 definition encapsulates.

Who is running Web 2.0?

Web 2.0 is not a piece of software; it refers to the way an application or service or domain exists on the Web.

Why do we need Web 2.0?

Web 2.0 is about ‘glocalisation’ —making global information available to local social contexts and giving people the flexibility to find, organise, share and create information in a locally meaningful fashion that is globally accessible.

When will Web 2.0 be available?

Look at Web 2.0 as a set of compliance guidelines. There already exist sites that comply with these, for example, Flickr.

How is it different from what we have now?

The technology infrastructure of Web 2.0 is complex and evolving, but includes server software, content syndication, messaging protocols, standards-based browsers, and various client applications.

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