What is Web 2.0, anyway?

external image GW323H215Web 2.0 is an addition to, not a replacement of the web we're used to, “Web 1.0”. “Web 1.0” primarily consists of static web sites created and managed by comparatively few people and relies on search engines and surfing from one website to another to entertain or obtain data.

Web 2.0 is the second-generation of Internet-based services and tools. In simplest terms, Web 2.0 is the collaborative or participatory web, easily open to changes by multiple users. Components of Web 2.0 include Blogs, Wikis, Pods, and Videocasts, Social Networks, RSS feeds (what feeds?), and Folksomonies (folks huh?).

Over 48 million Americans (about 1/6th of the US population, wow!) have posted something on the web, using Web 2.0 tools. (Wall Street Journal, Dec. 20, 2006) And it's not just limited to Americans. Blogs, wikis, pod and video casts are easy to create and use and are proliferating at an amazing rate.

These Web 2.0 components offer many opportunities for education, business, and personal use. However, as with "Web 1.0", the big challenge with Web 2.0 will be finding the quality information/community you want.

Links
Web 2.0 - Wikipedia
What is Web 2.0?
For pages of excellent links on Web 2.0 and more, check the NISC Del.icio.us page