Web 2.0

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Web 2.0

refers to the era of the post-dot-com bubble, indicating the changes in WWW technologies and web design that enhance creativity, enable safer information sharing on the web, and improve the quality of collaboration and functionality.

In the tech world, Web 2.0 refers to the second stage of the World Wide Web, roughly spanning from the late 1990s to the present day. It marked a significant shift from the static, passive experience of Web 1.0 towards a more dynamic, user-centric, and interactive internet.

Here are some key characteristics of Web 2.0:

  • User-generated content: Web 2.0 platforms empower users to create and share their own content, fostering a sense of community and collaboration. Think of blogs, social media, wikis, and online forums.
  • Interactivity and collaboration: Websites are no longer mere information repositories but interactive spaces where users can engage with each other, share ideas, and co-create content. Online games, collaborative editing tools, and social media messaging are prime examples.
  • Dynamic content: Content is no longer static but can be updated and changed in real-time, adapting to user behavior and preferences. News feeds, personalized recommendations, and interactive elements enhance the dynamism of the experience.
  • Richer technology: Web 2.0 utilizes advanced technologies like Javascript, AJAX, and Flash, enabling richer media experiences and more dynamic web applications.
  • Social connectivity: Social media platforms and online communities play a central role in connecting users with each other, facilitating interaction and sharing of information and experiences.
  • Examples of popular websites: Facebook, YouTube, Wikipedia, Twitter, Instagram - these platforms epitomize the user-centric, interactive, and collaborative nature of Web 2.0.

Web 2.0 revolutionized the way we interact with the internet, transforming it from a passive medium of information consumption into a platform for active participation, collaboration, and social connection. It democratized content creation, empowered users, and fostered a sense of community online.

Synonyms: Web 2.0