Web 2.0 defined

A lot of people are still trying to understand the essence of Web2.0. I found this definition by John Seely the former Chief Scientist at Xerox PARC very helpful.

Web 2.0 generally refers to Web services that let people collaborate and share information online. In contrast to the first generation of Web offerings, Web 2.0 applications are more interactive, giving people an experience more akin to a native desktop application as opposed to a static Web page.

Here are some examples from a couple of domains

Brittanica Encyclopedia online was Web 1.0, Wikipedia is Web 2.0

Evite was Web 1.0 and Upcoming.org is Web 2.0

Ofoto was Web 1.0 and Flickr is Web 2.0

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2 Responses to “Web 2.0 defined”

  1. Appan Srinivasan Says:

    no comments

  2. Tim Rueb Says:

    Thanks for sharing that. You examples are spot on.

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