Web 2.0 is the title of the age of internet. People can eaiserly share and excahnge information through things like blogs, wikis and social networking sites. It is the develepment from the static html web pages to the interactive inteligent web apps that exist today. In 2004, publishing firm O'Reilly Media had a brainstorming session.
They planned to address the state and futer of the web. They new that the internet would be the next big thing and could generate enormous amounts of money. So to remarket it as the next big thing they called it web 2.0. However there is still some debate and confusion as to what web 2.0 actually is.
two companies planned a conference that addressed the state of the Web, its future and the emerging techniques that would help ensure its success on the Internet. Tim O'Reilly, founder and CEO of O'Reilly Media, wanted to make the point that despite the dot-com crash of 2000, the Web was sure to become an enormous revenue generator.
O'Reilly's posted on his blog his defination of Web 2.0 and it included these ideas:
- Using the Web as an applications platform
- Democratizing the Web
- Employing new methods to distribute information
A blog is a website that anyone can make. The writer creates posts periodically about a chosen topic or anything he wants to write about. It is like an online journal. Blogs typically include features such as comments and links which means readers can get involved and share there opinions. The advantages are that its simple and easy to set up, you can update it whenever and where ever you are (as long as you have an internet connection), people can leave comments on your blog and you can share your throughts and opinions with many. The disadvantages are that if you post things that are offensive or hateful you might reget it in the future, not all information on blogs are 100% accurate and blogs can be time consuming if you are serious about it.
A wiki is a website that anyone can edit or add information to. The most famous example is Wikipedia. It has millions of pages containing information on just about any word or phrase you can think of. However although these vast websites of knowlege can be useful they do have downsides. For example, if anyone can edit or create a page the infrmation be untrue or bias and the website can become vunrable to spam and internet trolls vandilising pages.
There are many websites of which you can upload a varitey of different media such as videos, pictures and music. This is great for sharing these items with your friends, family or even the public. However these sorts of things can be abused. Illegal files like pirated films and sexually explicit content can also be uploaded. This leaves people at risk when anyone uploads personal information or pictures on to any website.
Sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Myspace have existed ofr a while now. They can be used to communicate with family and friends and be used to stay connected with people even if you cant see them very often. They can also be used as a place to promote your product or discuss topics that interest you. However these sites can also be dangerous. Much of what we do in our lives is now shared online for everyone to see. This means anyone in the world can find you, download pictures of you and view your hobbies. This is a risk but it can be avoided by streanthing passwords and updating privicy settings.