Monday, September 18, 2006

Defining Web 2.0

There has been some discussion over a solid definition of web 2.0 that anyone can agree with. But finally the guys at Information Week have come up with a definition that could catch on:
Web 2.0 is all the Web sites out there that get their value from the actions of users.

Here are some good examples:

Wikipedia: An online encyclopaedia written and edited (and re-edited and re-edited) by its users.

Digg: A social bookmarking site where users post story links and vote for, or "digg," stories posted by others. Those with the most votes make it to the home page, so visitors to that page see only the most popular stories.

Technorati: A blog search engine that ranks blogs according to how many other blogs link to them.

Flickr A site where anyone can post and share pictures, which can be browsed by anyone else with help from popularity rankings.

Frappr: A mash-up, or combination of two sources of data, that lets you show the locations of the members of any group on a Google Maps map.
So what do you think of Web 2.0? Will this diffinition catch on or will we be constantly be battling for an answer? Guess that’s what happens when you consider Web 2.0 is all about participation.


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