The big question this week is…What is Web 2.0? “2.0” seems to be redundant as normal everyday users only know what is “THE WEB”. However, for us IT professionals, “2.0” has a significant meaning behind it. Personally, I have rarely used any Web 2.0 tools at all apart from facebook and youtube, and despite the infrequent usage, I am still not a big fan of social tools. So, I think it’s time for me to learn more about Web 2.0 tools and start using some of them for my personal branding. Oh, sorry about sidetracking…What is Web 2.0, you’d ask? It is a new generation of the Internet. In Web 1.0, users have access to various information, but has little means of sharing those with others. In Web 2.0, however, web developers realized that the Internet can be a more powerful if users can have more interaction with it. The TIME magazine has stated that Web 2.0 is “a story about community and collaboration on a scale never seen before. It’s about the cosmic compendium of knowledge Wikipedia and the million-channel people’s network YouTube and the online metropolis MySpace. It’s about the many wresting power from the few and helping one another for nothing and how that will not only change the world but also change the way the world changes.” Thus, Web 2.0 was born. The improved Web focuses on interaction with other Internet users through the sharing information, and media, i.e Wikipedia, Youtube, etc. A lot of Web 2.0 tools are very easy to use, after some easy basic setup with the account, the user will have many advantages with their productivity.
Google Docs (Now called Google Drive)
It was first launched on August 2005 by Google. It is for file storage, synchronized and collaborative editing. You can access your file whenever you want, wherever you want and with any device, such as PC, laptop and smartphone. With multiple application that you use, just drag and drop and it will be ready to open by you on the other device. And, most importantly, IT IS FREE!!
It is released by Google on October 7, 2005. It is a reader that sum up all your favorite websites or interesting blog that you have subscribed. It helps you to keep track and update popular content, so you do not have to visit individual sites.
Founded on February 14, 2005, Youtube allows users to upload videos and share or broadcast it to other users around the globe. It rapidly became one of the world’s most famous free media platform for people to share precious moments or even for businesses to promote themselves. To upload a video you have to register, but anyone can view and comment on videos uploaded.
Initially released on May 27, 2003, WordPress is a free blogging tool for users to write and share information. It now has 54 million plus wordpress sites from users around the world.
Wikipedia is launched in January 2001. It is a free online encyclopedia, where the data are user-generated and user-edited. Wikipedia’s founders incorporated Linus’ Law as it’s development mantra: “Given enough eyeballs, all bugs are shallow.” Currently, Wikipedia has over 4,029,176 articles just in English and it supports over 285 different languages for sharing information.
It is launched in April 2009. It is a presentation software that allows users to zoom in and out to navigate the prezi canvas to deliver or tell your story. Prezi also allows you to collaborate with your colleagues in devising projects or presentation. Basically, it’s Microsoft Powerpoint on steroids.
The Web is evolving at a break-neck pace. Who would have thought that sharing and editing anything would be so simple 10 or 20 years ago? It won’t be long until new breakthroughs reach the Internet and revolutionize the way we think and learn. What do you think will happen next?