What is .......... Web 2.0?

What is it.

This is a bit of an odd one, as there is no 'official' definition of this description.

It seemed to appear in the media news when they wanted to describe a new phenomenon that appeared on the internet - namely web sites that were based on what members were placing on the site.

For example YouTube is based almost entirely of material uploaded by members. Flickr became a hugely popular site for storing and sharing your photographs. Then personal spaces such as MySpace, Bebo, Facebook, Piczo and others came on line.

Alternative open worlds appeared such as Second Life. Unlike the huge multi-player online games, Second Life is not a game defined by its developers but more of an alternative space in which people can meet, have a laugh, make money - in fact everything you can do in real life (well, almost).

Blogs have also become an important part of the Internet experience, with millions of individuals willing to share their thoughts, opinions and links.

Another part of Web 2.0 is the rise in highly interactive features such as Google Maps. Once again, people can populate the maps with what they deem interesting.

So perhaps a good definition of Web 2 is the point at which the Internet became truly interactive, with users becoming the most important component of many sites.

I wonder what Web 3 will look like?



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