Exploring Web 2.0 (0913)

Last week, we started to explore web 2.0 by looking for answers to a very straight forward question: “What is Web 2.0?”

Here are your definitions of Web 2.0 after you surfed online:

Carter thought that “Web 2.0 is like a bridge of websites. It is a software containing an approach to generating and distributing web content itself. It makes easier the development of new business-models and processes.” (adapted from O’Reilly and wikipedia)

Chris borrowed some words from about.com:Web Design, saying that “Web 2.0 isn’t just limited to what programmers and techie geeks can do with it, either. Web 2.0 is all about you and me and how WE can create content, merge ideas.”

Jacky learned from Wikipedia that “The phrase web 2.0 is a platform which provides users to sharing their information, communities and hosted services.”

Also referring to Wikipedia, Jami put Web 2.0 in this way, “Web 2.0 is an improved form of the World Wide Web. Its purpose is to facilitate collaboration and sharing between users. For example, we use ‘weblogs’ to record our life and feelings, we can subscribe to books through social bookmarking,and we can broadcast some video on Youtube. Actually, I use Web 2.0 to find what Web 2.0 is!”

After visiting Solutionwatch and Paul Graham’s blog, Jocelyn regarded Web 2.0 as “websites or web services that are community based.” She also perceived that “Web 2.0 is the web as a platform. It’s user friendly and you can get response and add opinions, basically, it’s about interaction with other users. Web 2.0 is also known as read/write web.”

Kerry defined Web 2.0 as follows, “Web 2.0 is a new type of using the internet space. For example: we used to write an article and upload to the website, but now we can straight write an article to the blog. It also is an internet server that bring our life more convenience.”

From about.com:google, Sandy got the following ideas: “(Web 2.0) can interact with user. You can not only read information but also write down your opinion. You can participate in the website. For example, you can make a blog or send e-mail.”

Thanks for your contributions.

Well, here comes to my turn to share what I think Web 2.0 is. I hold that WWW has evolved to a stage where people are connected in a way far more complicated but also much easier than ever. With different Web 2.0 tools, we can form communities, share opinions and information, files, and collaborate without any time or space boundaries. As far as I see, Web 2.0 is not a website, not just about new technological development, but mostly about people, about sharing and communication. It would and could change the way we teach and learn.

That’s why I’d love to introduce the new concepts and applications to you all. I hope you would benefit a lot from the learning path toward the world of Web 2.0.

Next, we’ll talk about the tools of Web 2.0. Please take a look at Web 2.0 tools Web 2.0 tools collected by some of you last week before our discussion.

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