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Web 2.0

“ Web 1.0 was making the internet for people, Web 2.0 is making the Internet better for companies” – Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon

We all use the internet in our daily life but never know the word “Web 2.0”. It has recently popped up so there will be an obvious question

What is Web 2.0?

WWW (World Wide Web) was born in the early 19990s and initially offered textual content only. We’ve come a long way and now websites aren’t just about text and hyperlinks. Web 2.0 describes the internet’s present state, the next generation of internet technologies, which has more user-generated content. “Web 2.0”, this term was first coined by Darcy DiNucci.

The general key characteristics of Web 2.0 are:

• Web-based applications can be accessed from any part of the world

• Semantic Web

• Social tools encourage people to create, share, collaborate, and promote information

• Data can be readily shared

• Simple applications can solve problems

History of Web 2.0

In 1999 Darcy DiNucci first come up with the term ‘Web 2.0’. The term was popularized by O’Reilly Media at the first Web 2.0 Conference in 2004.

Web 2.0 is the second generation of web-based services which encourages online collaborations and the ability to share among the users.

Web 2.0 features include social media platforms (e.g Facebook), video sharing platforms ( e.g YouTube), blogs, Wikis, Web applications(‘apps’), and many more.

Difference between Web 1.0 and Web 2.0?

Web 1.0 refers to the first stage of WWW evaluation. In Web 1.0. Back then there were few content creators, most people who used to use the Internet were consumers. Static pages were more common than dynamic HTML, which incorporates interactive and animated websites. In Web 1.0 advertisements on websites while surfing the internet were banned. Examples of Web 1.0 will be Britannica online,, personal websites, and many more. These pages had limited functionality and flexibility.

Here comes Web 2.0, the new era of the Internet where people can create, share, and collaborate with anyone across the globe. Web 2.0 is the enhanced version of Web 1.0 where users can make a virtual community. Previously, there were lot more consumers than creators but, in this era, people have come out and started making their own content. Examples of Web 2.0 will be Facebook, Wikipedia, Twitter, blogs, WordPress, and many more.

Pros and cons of Web 2.0?

Web 2.0 has many advantages.

• Availity anywhere, any time

• Various media platforms

• More user friendly

• It can provide real-time decision

• Everyone can create and share their thoughts all over the world

But as we say “Every good comes with something bad”

As this is an open forum so everyone has the access to it which causes Online stalking, cyberbullying, identity theft, cybercrimes, and many more.

Uses of Web 2.0

Adobe Flash, Microsoft Silverlight, and Javascript are used as rich web technologies in delivering Web2.0 in addition to Ajax(Asynchronous JavaScript and XML), RSS(Real Simple Syndication), and Eclipse.

Future of Web 2.0

The Internet world is growing day by day so are the consumers and creators so the

development of technology is very important. Web 2.0 was the start of this revolution.

“We are seeing the beginning of things. Web 2.0 is broadband. Web 3.0 is gigabits a second” – Reed Hastings, CEO of Netflix.

What is Web 3.0?

Web 3.0 represents the next phase of evaluation of the internet and potentially could be as disruptive and represent as big a paradigm shift as Web 2.0 did.

For more information about it stay tuned for the Web 3.0 article.


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