Lidia Sevilla

Web 2.0 Language

In Web 2.0, Writing on January 24, 2008 at 5:33 pm

When I started researching about Web 2.0 and the fact that I didn’t know anything about it made it more challenging. Reading information, articles and definitions on the subject made a better understanding. People are talking Web 2.0 language and for me its still a unknown idiom. I followed what they say;”Practise makes perfect” and I started trying many of the Web 2.0 tools and then I realized why people talk so much about it.

From the Dion Hinchcliffe’s Web 2.0 Blog, the following are the Best (Or Most Interesting) Web 2.0 Definitions and Explanations:

O’Reilly’s What Is Web 2.0 – The famous meme map alone is worth serious study and is the central work defining the interlocking elements of Web 2.0. O’Reilly touches on Web 2.0 as having more of a “gravitational core” than being a concrete set of technologies. He also introduces all the major planks of his vision of the next generation of the Web as a set of best practices from the first generation. A terrific read worth every minute spent on it. Finish this before starting the rest.

Wikipedia Definition for Web 2.0 – While this entry undergoes near constant revision, I recommend a visit to see what an amalgam of opinionated contributors brings to the table for Web 2.0 definition. Devoid of hype or even many buzzwords, the entry has become somewhat disappointing but the key facts are present and is also notably lacking in major anti-hype. In the end, a balanced if slightly boring view produced by a little wisdom of the crowds.

Richard MacManus Defines Web 2.0 in February, 2005 – It’s amazing to see how far along things have come when you read the very interesting pieces hyperlinked within. Richard does a bang-up job rolling up prevailing opinion at the time from around the Web. He finally settles on Web as Platform for the time being, but of course, the concept would continue to grow.

The “Official” Web 2.0 Compact Definition– Tim O’Reilly realized his 5 page essay would not result in a pithy definition and so he obliged everyone in October with a more compact definition. While quite the run-on sentence, the definition does capture the essence: “Web 2.0 is the network as platform, spanning all connected devices; Web 2.0 applications are those that make the most of the intrinsic advantages of that platform: delivering software as a continually-updated service that gets better the more people use it, consuming and remixing data from multiple sources, including individual users, while providing their own data and services in a form that allows remixing by others, creating network effects through an “architecture of participation,” and going beyond the page metaphor of Web 1.0 to deliver rich user experiences.

Dr. Cristobal Cobo, Flasco-Mexico– Web 2.0 se refiere a la transición en Internet desde las webs tradicionales a aplicaciones web destinadas a usuarios. Los sitios web 2.0 actuan mas como puntos de encuentro o web dependientes de usuarios que como webs tradicionales.

We can still write many more definitions of what Web 2.0 mean. The true meaning varies within each person and their experience applying it on their business, company, school, classroom and personal basis.

Join me and so many others in the universal language of Web 2.0. On my next post I will write about how web 2.0 is giving a education a different flavor for students.





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