Just what exactly IS web 2.0?

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A brief overview of what is mean by Web 2.0 for the beginner

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  • I’m not sure that I’ll be able to answer this question adequately Many of you have no doubt experimented with Web 2.0 services and have probably more experience and skill with respect to thinks like APIs and the like This is just a brief overview of what I think that it might mean, and a demonstration of some of the more useful Web 2.0 services
  • Just what exactly IS web 2.0?

    1. 1. What exactly IS Web 2.0?
    2. 2. Is it a standard? <ul><li>The use of “2.0” makes it sound like a version </li></ul><ul><li>However, you’ll find no official Web 2.0 specification </li></ul><ul><li>It just sounds good </li></ul>
    3. 3. Is it a design template?
    4. 4. Is it a buzzword? <ul><li>Possibly - it can mean different things to different people </li></ul><ul><li>“ Web 2.0 is best defined as arguing what Web 2.0 is really about ” </li></ul><ul><li>Generally used to refer to a perceived “second generation” of the web </li></ul>
    5. 5. So we’re well on the way then… Web 2.0 (n) 1. Industry buzzword. Doesn’t really mean anything.
    6. 6. However… <ul><li>No need to dismiss it - it is a useful term </li></ul><ul><li>An attitude, not a technology - refers to general trend for user participation making the web interactive </li></ul><ul><li>Can also refer to “web as desktop” </li></ul>
    7. 7. Web 1.0 - Web 2.0 <ul><li>Static </li></ul><ul><li>Brochureware </li></ul><ul><li>Personal web site </li></ul><ul><li>Britannica Online </li></ul><ul><li>Directories (taxonomy) </li></ul><ul><li>Bookmarking sites </li></ul><ul><li>Dynamic </li></ul><ul><li>Customisation </li></ul><ul><li>Blog </li></ul><ul><li>Wikipedia </li></ul><ul><li>Tagging (folksonomy) </li></ul><ul><li>Social bookmarking </li></ul>
    8. 8. Services <ul><li>Email using Gmail </li></ul><ul><li>Sharing photos using Flickr </li></ul><ul><li>Creating a wish list on Amazon </li></ul>Web 1.0 was just electronic reading material, whereas Web 2.0 involves using services. All of the following services which many of you already use are “Web 2.0”:
    9. 9. We already know what it is A lot of the time we’re already using it. It is the web as it should be used (and perhaps as it always should have been used). We will now look at some of the more useful and interesting Web 2.0 services…
    10. 10. Social bookmarking There are a number of sites for this. By far the most popular is http://del.icio.us Rather than bookmarking sites locally allows you to have access to your bookmarks from wherever you are. This is a small example of the “ web as desktop ” philosophy.
    11. 11. Delicious demonstration http:// del.icio.us
    12. 12. Tagging (folksonomy) Using del.icio.us also demonstrates another Web 2.0 philosophy, that of “folksonomy” or tagging as opposed to simple taxonomy (i.e. the filing of objects within categories or directories).
    13. 13. Flickr demonstration http:// www.flickr.com Tagging is also used to great effect on photo sharing site flickr:
    14. 14. Google demonstration http://www.google.com We all know Google as a search engine, but they are continually extending their services, in particular providing facilities that support the “ web as desktop ” philosophy:

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