Defining Web 2.0

web10web20.jpgThe phrase web 2.0 is used so much to describe social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter, design methods, blogging, user generated content, and apps. But most people do not understand the difference between web 1.0 and web 2.0. Little do people realize, Yahoo and niche websites such as AsianAvenue, BlackPlanet, and MiGente were already taking advantage of user-generated content long before MySpace, Friendster, and FaceBook. Even Geocities, the predecessor of MySpace, in which members can build their own web page were paving the way as most users were purchasing their first computers and learning basic HTML. These early sites were the pioneers of web 2.0.

A Web 2.0 site allows its users to interact with each other as contributors to the website's content in contrast to websites where users are limited to the passive viewing of information that is provided to them. Examples of Web 2.0 include web-based communities, web applications, social network services and sites, video sharing sites, wikis, blogs, mashup applications, and folksonomies.