Tim O’Reilly does a great job explaining Web 2.0 websites. I had never heard the term before and after reading this I feel like I could explain it to someone else. I never really thought about what the Internet was like when it first came because it was really nothing else to compare it to. But this article made me think about how much the Internet has developed over time. When O’Reilly compared today’s websites and Internet behavior to that of the old ones, I really got the picture.
Web 2.0 websites gives users a role in the development of sites. They don’t just use the website but rather they interact with the sites. I can remember being told that everything we Google is kept somewhere in a file to help better serve us as Internet users but that’s also a little scary. I used to wonder how those ads popped up for “Local Singles in my area”. How did the computer know where I was? But with Web 2.0 everything is tracked and stored, could be used for good and hopefully never used for bad.
For instance, Youtube has given Internet users the opportunity to display talent and some of those users have became celebrity like Justin Beiber and P$Y. The fact that views can be counted is a result of Web 2.0.