Monday, November 17, 2008

Web 2.0: Something to Ponder

“The content of your blogs will be about WEB 2.0.”… Web 2.0…? What’s up with Web 2.0? An inquisition instilled in my mind as I heard the “alien” word from our teacher. Browsing the net was such a splendid idea to satisfy my craving brain, which was like almost cracking at that time (an exaggeration of course), due to too much thinking of what that “word” was all about!!(huh! Felt the rush of my emotion??)… So, as I browsed down the net, what happened was… I, well honestly, the texts didn’t give me some idea as I first skimmed it (laughs). I was a bit puzzled (frowns). I can’t somehow digest it (uh!)… Finally, what I did was, get some of “what I think” was interesting, but complex articles about it; brought it at home and started reading it through my not-so-techie type pc. And this is what I’ve learned…
It was popularized by Mr. Tim O’ Riley and defined it as (according to

“the business revolution in the computer industry caused by the move to the
Internet as a platform, and an attempt to understand the rules for success on that new platform”
Huh! Nose bleeding!! (some ice pls!)...Hmmm… Or in rather simpler explanation, it is the totality of the idea of web-delivered contents and how its interaction and interconnection grows. And as what “the man” Tim O’ Riley regards it, as the way that business embraces the strengths of the web and uses it as a platform. Web 2.0 technologies also tend to promote innovation in the assemblage of systems and sites composed by pulling together features from dispersed, independent developers; users of web 2.0 sites are also allowed to do more than just acquire information. That’s why its characteristics regarded were: rich user experience, user participation, dynamic content, metadata, web standards and scalability. Supplementary characteristics like freedom, openness and collective intelligence by way of user participation, can also be seen as important attributes of Web 2.0… Sites like youtube, facebook, myspace, Flickr and many more were so popular now, that these were also used by universities to reach out to the students and to somehow relate to them (whoa! They’re being a psycho now, huh! ). These sites? Well they were an example of social networking websites, part of web 2.0 technologies.
Web 2.0 is so popular now that you can’t imagine that you’re like surrounded by it. We’re already using it but not realizing what it was… (hmmm.. I can relate to that)… That’s why some regarded it as the modern World Wide Web… But of course you can’t get away with criticisms, right? Same as Web 2.0 it has a lot of critics also.. Many argue that nothing beats the “original”!(Iba na true, men!) that web 2.0 can’t replace World Wide Web and that it is not the replacement of it rather (tsk tsk tsk). Same goes with Ajax, that it also cannot beat and replace the “original” HTTP; it was also noted that even before the term web 2.0 arose many of its ideas were featured in implementations in network systems (now! that’s too many huh??)…
I think my articles going too long (you might not read ‘til the end)..So, as a conclusion…For me, as complex as its definition, web 2.0 just proves how complex our analog world has become as it made a leap beyond what we could imagine. How it now revolves along with technology and information, vastly. A proof of the marvellous wonders humans could do and would somehow do more… And the credits??! It should all be given back to him, our Almighty Creator…

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