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Old 03-22-2008, 08:35 AM   #1
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Default What is Web 2.0

We do not seem to have discussed this here. These words are part from Wikipedia, with ideas from today's Telegraph.

Web 2.0 is a trend in World Wide Web technology and web design, a second generation of web-based communities and hosted services such as social-networking sites, wikis, blogs, and folksonomies, which aim to facilitate creativity, information sharing, collaboration, and sharing among users.

It is almost defined as the new era of the World Wide Web. The term became notable after the first O'Reilly Media Web 2.0 conference in 2004. Although the term suggests a new version of the World Wide Web, it does not refer to an update to any technical specifications, but to changes in the ways software developers and end-users use webs.

A keystone is Wikipedia, the cult of the amateur, where anyone can contribute an entry, and anyone can edit or amend an entry. The threat is that a lot of irrelevant or misleading garbage will creep in but somehow this hasn't happened; probably because there is an amateur controlling body keeping an eye on things and deleting anything that people complain about that are too scurrilous.

Is it good that people can spend enormous amounts of time, perhaps a day a week, on games, and such things as Second Life, and World of Warcraft. How can the web be good if it so agressively degrades an idea so vital as friendship.

But will the web be good for global democracy (yes), equality (yes), freedom (yes). In fact the web has great liberating social potential. Do we agree?

   
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