Web 2.0 can be viewed as an upgrade to the World Wide Web. It is still the web
but it is a new and improved version of the web.
New technologies such as blogs, social bookmarking, wikis, podcasts and RSS
feeds are just a few of the technologies that are helping to shape and direct Web
Web 2.0 Sites Exposed!
Web 2.0 Sites Exposed! You witnessed, were a victim of or have at least heard about the bursting of the
dot com bubble in the fall of 2001. Fortunes that had been made overnight were lost overnight.
The sky was falling. It was a very scary time for a lot of people. Some said that
the World Wide Web was just a flash-in-the-pan idea that had been over-hyped
and that the crash was irrefutable proof of that fact.
There were, however, some survivors of the 2001 dot com bust. The survivors
had a few important commonalities and there were those who insisted that the
World Wide Web was more important than ever and had a very bright future
One of those who saw the results of the 2001 dot com bust as a ‘glass half full’
rather than a ‘glass half empty’ was a man by the name of Tim O’Reilly. O’Reilly
(of O’Reilly Media) met with Dale Dougherty of Media Live International in 2004.
Out of that meeting the term ‘Web 2.0’ was born.
The definition that Tim O’Reilly gives for Web 2.0 is: “Web 2.0 is the business
revolution in the computer industry caused by the move to the internet as
platform, and an attempt to understand the rules for success on that new
Chief among those rules is this: Build applications that harness network effects to
get better the more people use them.”