What’s This Web 2.0 Stuff?

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What’s This Web 2.0 Stuff?

The term “Web 2.0” was coined by Dale Dougherty in a brainstorming session with book publisher Tim O’Reilly at a conference in late 2005, and while it wasn’t perfectly well-defined at the time, it was meant to suggest the next generation of Web applications that were turning the Web from a sort of static experience into a more active—maybe “useful”—one. (In computer software parlance, the “2.0” version of a product represents a generational step-up from the original “1.0” version of that product.)

Since that time it’s been a very popular moniker that generally encapsulates the idea of “all the fun stuff happening on the Web these days,” even if people don’t totally agree on its meaning. In that original brainstorming session, the term was “defined” when the participants listed examples of web applications that they thought of as fitting the Web 2.0 mold, such as Google’s Adsense advertising program, Flickr (www.flickr.com, an online photo-sharing site), and Wikipedia , all sites that make interaction with us, the users, the primary goal.

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As things have developed, “Web 2.0” is really being slapped on to a lot of different situations. The way we’ll use it in this article is in the sense that a “Web 2.0” blog and the associated add-ons you can implement may experience a more interactive one for people who read your blog. (So much so, in some cases, that they become “visitors” instead of “readers” because they’re active participants on your blog.)

As I’ll talk about more in a moment, the Web 2.0 aspect of your blog is that it enables you to create a sense of community for those who visit, giving them the tools to talk back, or add their own creative sparks, or otherwise participate and get to know others who also visit your site.

Blogs themselves tend to be thought of as Web 2.0, even though they pre-date the term “Web 2.0” itself. The fact that blogging software makes it easy for you to frequently update the content on your website is a Web 2.0 feature, and the fact that many blogging systems have reader-commenting features built in add to a sense of interactivity that can help you build an online community. Many blogging CMS tools also have syndication tools built in that allow other people to “subscribe” to your blog’s headlines (or full entries) and read them in special applications or publish automatic links to your work on their own web pages.

Another way to integrate Web 2.0 concepts into your blog is to take advantage of the many Web 2.0  applications that are appearing on the Web. Picture and video-sharing sites such as Picasa, Flickr, YouTube, and Yahoo! Video are Web 2.0 applications and communities in their own right, while, at the same time, offering you enhancements for your blog. Rating sites such as Digg.com and Technorati.com can help others find the entries that you post; social bookmarking sites such as del.icio.us or Spurl.net allow you to share your bookmarks (and links to your blog) with others in order to find like-minded folks and build online relationships.

Another usage of the term “Web 2.0” refers to a slightly amorphous design sensibility—one of  simplicity and a form-follows-function approach. If you’d like a Web 2.0-looking blog, then you’ll want to search for blog-site templates (or to design one yourself) that offer a simple, clean look that tends to pervade the current crop of Web 2.0 applications . It’s not mandatory—you should feel free to express yourself when it comes to creating your blog, particularly if it’s a personal site.

However, following a few simple guidelines when it comes to design can help to build community. It makes your site more navigable and useful because free to express yourself when it comes to creating your blog, particularly if it’s a personal site. However, following a few simple guidelines when it comes to design can help to build community.

It makes your site more navigable and useful because the simpler designs of today’s Web 2.0 sites tend also to be more familiar to users.

It’s worth saying here that design sensibilities change all the time, so the Web 2.0 approach to design—particularly some very frequently used items such as rounded corners on boxes and glass-like shadows under logos—may well change soon after you read this article (if they haven’t already). Hopefully, though, the underlying simplicity will remain a part of Web design, as that Web 2.0 notion is really a return to some of the fundamental form-follows-function theories that are part of the original vision for the Web.

Follow this blog in the future and i will show step by step how create and manage a proper 2013 web 2.0 blog. Cheers.

 

Read more news about the WEB 2.0 concept :

1. Google launches their YouTube paid subscription program
2. New Research: Social Media Trends For Marketers In 2013
3. Universities explore crowdfunding, social media to raise money
4. Sally Bercow learns the social media rules the hard way in McAlpine case
5. How Teens Share Information on Social Media

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