I have an interview for a job and they gave me this sucky topic to do a presentation on.
I've been reading about it and it comes across to me as one of those concepts created by computer geeks that mean absolutely nothing that they sell to the know-nots.
I'm under pressure.....they pay for a hotel and you have to go out to dinner with them the night before and then they get to
interview me all day long the next day.
There is one good part of this.....they are putting me up here
So does anybody have any insight on Web 2.0?
there is actually a lot of debate on what the term web 2.0 really means and you can find as many interpretations as you want.
It's not actually a technical concept, it's not a product or line of products and it's not a term officially used by software companies such as Microsoft, Apple or Google.
I am sure you can find more accurate definitions but basically, the idea with web 2.0 was to indicate a sort of "upgrade" of the existing web. As you might know, software companies use that type of notation to indicate new version of their software, e.g. Firefox 1.5 to firefox 2.0, even if the commercial name is different, internally they still use it (e.g. Windows XP or Windows Vista have a version number that is not commonly known)>
Other technologies commonly related to web 2.0 are RSS feeds. RSS stands for really simply sindication and allows users to suscribe to news or other information rather than browse for it as in web "1.0".
Some times web 2.0 refers to community sites, or collaborative sites such as MySpace, Wikipedia, or any Wiki or blog site. In fact, wikis and blog are an extension of the concept of message boards and they use some of the technologies described before to improve the user experience.
A big part of the concept behind web 2.0 is something (don't remember the exact term) that relies on the accuracy of the masses, what it means is that it builds knowledge based on the contribution of a large number of people, and that ensures a degree of accuracy, wikipedia is the best example, even though you can put what you want, if you put something that is obviously false it won't take long until someone finds out, another example is Google's page rank algorithm based on the number and quality of links pointing to a web site.
Web 2.0 originally was meant to be the semantic web, a concept much more difficult to achieve (basically they wanted web sites to "understand" people) or sometimes was used to refer to the much faster internet used by Universities that could one day become public, but these definitions are not much in use, wikis, blogs, community sites, rss fees are more like it.