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Definition – Web 2.0

October 31, 2010

Depending where you look, you’ll get slightly different definitions of Web 2.0, so this is a brief overview.

Basically, Web 1.0 was focused on content being created by one person or one company. People would read what was written and had very little, if any, interaction with the creators. It was really one-way communication. The web was a tool.

After the dot-com bubble crash in the mid-1990s, people realized that the companies that survived the crash had certain elements in common. Those companies promoted interaction between creators and consumers on their websites, and in more and more cases, consumers were actually becoming the creators.

Web 2.0 is the move to a more social, collaborative web. Instead of using the web as a tool, we actually are becoming part of the web by writing blog posts, commenting on blog posts, having a Facebook page, uploading pictures and videos, tweeting, and the list goes on and on.

The tools that we are exploring during 23 Things SCPL are Web 2.0 tools. We are making things and putting things on the web for everyone to read and learn from. We are sharing. That is important.

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