Web 2.0


The term Web 2.0 that is used to broadly describe the ‘lay of the land’ of the web can be seen to be complex and multi- dimensional. My understanding has now moved beyond the perception that the primary feature Web 2.0 is the harnessing of collective intelligence through user generated content. O’Reilly’s (2005) explanation of Web 2.0 has illustrated that further features include the integration of web services with each other and fluid and evolving software that is no longer packaged in the traditional sense.

It is interesting to note that the web’s perceived metamorphosis from Web 1.0’s static, exclusive, read-only nature into its modern incarnation as web 2.0 is not such a new idea. Web 2.0’s interactive, collaborative “matrix of dialogues” (Maness, 2006, p. 1) was, according to Berners-Lee in Lawson’s (2005) interview, close to his original vision of the read/write web at its inception.



Lawson, M. (2005) Berners-Lee on the read/write web. BBC News. Retrieved from http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/4132752.stm

Maness, J. (2006). Library 2.0 Theory: Web 2.0 and Its Implications for Libraries. Webology, 3 (2), Article 25. Available at: http://www.webology.org/2006/v3n2/a25.html

O’Reilly, T. (2005). “What Is Web 2.0”. O’Reilly Network. Retrieved from http://oreilly.com/pub/a/web2/archive/what-is-web-20.html?page=1


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