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web 2.0

This article was definitely more interesting than I thought it would be!

First, Madden and Fox clear up two common misconceptions about the concept of Web 2.0 (page 1):

* Web 2.0 does not have anything to do with the Internet

* Web 2.0 is not a new Internet network operating separately from the Internet

The term came into being in 2004, coined by Dale Dougherty. It basically provides a “conceptual umbrella” where stakeholders in the tech field could group the new generation of Internet applications. Madden and Fox mention blogs, wikis, and social networking as some examples of new tech on the Net (page 1). I think that podcasts and maybe even YouTube could also be included in this category….what do you think?

Some defining characteristics of Web 2.0 applications are (page 1):

* utilizing collective intelligence
* providing network-enabled interactive services
* giving users control over their data

Madden and Fox give the example of Google as something separate, because Google allows users to contribute but not fully control content that is seen on its servers.

A survey presented in this article shows examples of certain Web 2.0-type activities such as, uploading or developing photos (Kodak Gallery); rating a product, service, or person using an online rating system (Rate My Professor); sharing files from your computer with others online (LimeWire); using online social networking (My Space); creating a personal online journal or blog (Blogspot or WordPress) (page 2). (the examples are ones that came to my mind)

The article concludes with an interesting comparison between Geocities and MySpace, both are social networking sites. I am old enough to remember when Geocities was popular and MySpace did not exist. However, I do see the vast difference between the amount of user control/input amongst the two applications. MySpace, as Madden and Fox state, allows any person to get to know another person personally through the options it provides to its users (profiles, music, videos, pictures). (page 6)

The closing sentence is funny, but very true:

“And whether we call the current world 2.0 or 10.0, there’s no question that the internet of today will look positively beta to future generations” (page 6).


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