Posted by: quantumx | August 31, 2008

What is Web 2.0 ?

In Software engineering we distinguish between different software versions by giving them a number such as v1.0, v1.1, v2.0 and so on and so forth.

BUT when you say web 2.0, it doesn’t mean that it’s another version of World Wide Web. This is a common misconception people are having nowadays.

Web 2.0 is a term used by Tim O’Reilly, to explain a new era of the world wide web after the dot com crash (dot com bubble burst). But it cannot be consider as a newer “Version” as in Software Engineering. Though it seems like a new version, web 2.0 is just the set of new technologies used in the existing web in order to collaborate.

Some people use the term web 2.0 as a Marketing term in order to market their products and services.

According to O’Reilly Net, Web 2.0 is a “set of principles and practices that tie together a veritable solar system of sites that demonstrate some or all of those principles, at a varying distance from that core”

For me, Web 2.0 is a platform of new technologies used in cyber space in order to achieve a more collaborative nature between the users, where users are the creators/ authors of the content published in the World Wide Web.

Below figure shows the distinguish nature between the technologies in web 1.0 Vs. web 2.0

[Image source: O’ReillyNet, 2005, viewed on 31st August 2008]

So as you can see from the above image, AdSense, WordPress/ Google Blogs, Social networks such as FaceBook/, Wikis are good examples of web 2.0 technologies.



  1. Thanks a lot for the post buddy:D Im loving Web 2.0 after my Project Research on it at APIIT 😀

    Heres the Research I did Regarding Web 2.0..Special thanks to ur Web 2.0 Papers XP:D Thanks a lot:D

    Web 2.0 Research

  2. @ Fazaal >

    ElaKiri machang 🙂

    No need to thank. It was my pleasure 😀
    Hope my quick research is not wrong on web 2.0? hehe

    I’ll DL your paper this week bro. thx for that. (Mynet connection is slow now… Limit eka penala lol)

  3. Hehe..Ela Ela:D Just posted it lol

    And Forgot to say..I got A+ for this…The Lecturer was most probably off his mind 😛

  4. Well, seems it has begun to spread in SL too since all the telecommunication provider are now issuing some net facilities, we’ll be able to have the future more connected from distance.

  5. @ Fazaal>>
    Wow great! Will definitely have a look at it ASAP. I’m pretty sure there will be a lot to take for myself from it. 🙂 Thanks for sharing your hard work!

    Digital Divide is getting reduced I guess.
    But now the problem is, to get the maximum benefit of all those web 2.0 technologies you need high speed connections with a good bandwidth. So for 3rd world countries like Sri Lanka, India, Bangladesh, will web 2.0 reduce the Digital Divide or Create another barrier and increase the Digital Divide?
    Let’s see in the future 🙂

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