What Is The Concept Behind Web 2.0?

The term "Web 2.0" was first used in January 1999 by Darcy DiNucci, a consultant on electronic information design (information architecture). In her article, "Fragmented Future", DiNucci writes: The Web we know now, which loads into a browser window in essentially static screenfuls, is only an embryo of the Web to come.

The first glimmerings of Web 2.0 are beginning to appear, and we are just starting to see how that embryo might develop. The Web will be understood not as screenplays of text and graphics but as a transport mechanism, the ether through which interactivity happens. It will appear on your computer screen, on your TV set, your car dashboard, your cell phone, hand-held game machines, maybe even your microwave oven.

However, The term Web 2.0 wasn't so popular until it became popularized by Tim O'Reily and Dale Dougherty in a conference held by Media and Media Live/Web 2.0 in 2004. The idealogy/concept behind the term was that the way users interact with the internet was bound to change.

This change was to be brought about by "changes in how web pages are made and used" and not "by any modification of the World Wide Web (WWW) or introduction of a new version of the Internet". Initially or during the Web 1.0, users only went about viewing and/or downloading contents posted on websites, without having any other engaging communication with the websites.

However Web 2.0 which is a term given to describe a second generation of the World Wide Web that is focused on the ability of internet users to interact with the web pages as well as one another online. This is made possible today with the introduction of commenting, content-sharing and social media.

Seeing Darcy DiNucci idea of the future of the Web has been met in this current time (including Internet at the finger tips, i.e, access to the the Internet 24/7 through the use of mobile phones, laptops, tablets, modems, Wi-Fi, as well as television, gaming gadgets, etc), we can thus safely describe or define Web 2.0 as the current state of online technology as compared to the early days of the Web, in which it's greatest significance is that users spend more time to collaborate and interact with the Web through engagement platforms introduced to Webpages to encourage this feat.

Some important elements being Wikis, Blogs, Social networks, forums, etc.

Credits: wikipedia.org, whatis.techtarget.com, webopedia.com