07 July 2007

Web 2.0

Everybody seems to be talking about Web 2.0, but what is Web 2.0, and how does it differ from the WWW? What hardware and software will we need to access it? What protocols will it use? Will it still cater for HTML, or will it use something completely different?

Will my present browser (Firefox 2.x) still work, or will it need something completely different -- perhaps not a browser at all? Will it be touchy, feely, smelly?

And when is it going to be released?


Walton said...

Hi Steve

When I first heard the term I did a bit of research, and here's my response:


I wrote it months ago, so it's already dated.

I hate to tell you this, but there's already talk about Web 3.0, the semantic web, that I haven't got my head around yet.

Zep said...

I wrote about Web 2.0 too - in fact I think it already jumped the shark. I read many posts where bloggers stated they are giving up MySpace, Facebook or some other social network this week.
Some Web 2.0 is mandatory nowadays, but I try to keep it as small as possible.

Steve Hayes said...


Thanks for that - so it isn't really anything new, just hype.

I've been a user generating generating content since 1986, when I posted my first personal web page. It must have begun when places like Geocities began offering free-for-all web hosting subsidised by advertising. It was even based on the idea of online community, until Yahoo took it over and killed that side of it, and when they "lost" my web pages for 2 months, I joined MySpace, just to have a content point on the web, but I never liked it. I preferred Facebook, but at the time that was only open to people in tertiary institutions.

But those social networking sites were preceded by Sixdegrees in about 1998 or so, which worked on the same principle, and was better than MySpace.

So it sounds like "Web 2.00" is the same old gradually evolving web, with a fancy title someone tacked on to it ex-post-facto?

I thought it might be the new thing people were talking about when I first started -- the replacement for TCP/IP, SMTP, News and all the other antiquated protocols, which would need new hardware, software and all.


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