The Web 2.0 and The Impact on the World and Myself

In 2015, it was recorded that 3.2 billion people are currently using the web. That’s close to 50% of the entire population. In 2006, there were 1 billion people and it’s widely agreed in this year the web transformed into the “web 2.0”. Websites have become more reliable, complex, and social media arrived. Today, we witness 1.7 billion people using Facebook. Google and Wikipedia are typical references of daily information. Personally, I believe the web 2.0 is something extraordinary. Being able to enjoy YouTube, social media, and online games are all pleasures of mine that wouldn’t be possible without the web 2.0 and it’s advancements from the early web. Furthermore, I believe YouTube and social media have had the biggest impact on me.

Aside from google and other search engines alike, YouTube is a fascinating tool that helps me educate myself, entertain myself and communicate with others. It’s capabilities are really groundbreaking. Aside from YouTube, social media keeps me and my peers glued to the web. Facebook allows us all to interact with each other, cherish each other’s photos and it keeps us informed educationally with intellectual articles and videos. Social media has made my life better in a plethora of facets by informing, entertaining me and helping maintain my relationships with other people. Nothing has ever been so in depth like the web 2.0, and I’m thrilled to say I have the privilege of using it.

The New Media Culture of Web 2.0

 

In the 21st century, massive online social networks have sprung up such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, and many others. These companies have attracted millions upon millions of users, and so the more and more momentum they gain, the greater they impact our society. These social platforms have great potential: they can communicated masses of information instantly form anywhere in the world. They can enable people to meet who otherwise would have remained strangers forever, and they enable friends to talk all hours of the day.

However these positives come at even greater drawbacks. Due to the great possibles of these services, the world has mutated them into two currency generating devices. In first one, is that social media has enabled companies to gain an all new unprecedented to their consumers lives. Not only do people now view more ads than ever, companies are also able to track their customers online habits and searches, and they use that data to subconsciously entice them into buying more of their products. The second is that the web 2.0 has created something called social currency. In the world of social media, posting on Facebook, tweeting on twitter, uploading a photo on Instagram or video on YouTube, gains the creator social currency. Others are able to like and comment on one users content, and thus people are able to gain renown and in a way, fame. Then they are able to become more popular in their own social circles, at school, work, and abroad.

This is a situation about modern society which affects me because in I find social media to be quite shallow. Lots of people only post things on social media to impress others and make them jealous. They exaggerate and do stupid things just “for the ‘gram”, as in insta-gram. However while social media is shallow and full of mindless noise, it is so hard to function socially in the real world without a social media presence. People without social media accounts are even viewed as weird, and those without accounts miss out on so many interactions that everyone else is having with each other. Thus, it is a system people don’t really have a choice to take part in, including myself.

Why does Web 2.0 matter?

Web 2.0 is something that we are still experiencing the evolution of. The way that the ushering in of Web 2.0 changed our world was unprecedented by all definitions. Web 2.0 allowed for millions of users to create their own content in this new digital frontier. Concepts like social media, crowdsourcing, the collection and analysis of data, and so much more became a possibility with Web 2.0.

One concept regarding Web 2.0 that I found particularly interesting was O’Reilly’s principles of Web 2.0. The idea of this intelligent web being at the center of everything, harnessing and collecting intelligence from us and redistributing it in many different ways. The first was web as a platform. This meant that business could go to the web as a place to do work. The second was the idea that data is the intel inside, this concept meant that we could get large amounts of data from user contribution. The Third was the death of the software release cycle, where software would get annual updates, and what came out of that was the idea of iterative and constantly improving software. The fourth was the idea of light weight programming models that could be implemented over the web, ultimately allowing the use of web apps to catch on. The fifth was the concept of software running above a single device, this would allow companies like Facebook to produce their software on all platforms and devices through the web. And finally, the idea of a graphical interface on the internet, that thanks to advancements in infrastructure and computing power, websites could be much more media rich than before, when text would dominate.

Web 2.0 matters for these reasons and many more that are still being realized to this day.

Network Effects

The essence of Web 2.0 is inversion of control of content production
from large organizations to individuals. With Web 2.0, people can create
content with only a very small initial investment of effort. The
revolution comes in the fact that these small productions are able to
garner real audiences through the web. A television program must have
hundreds of thousands of people viewing it to be profitable. But for a
blogger, or a YouTube video producer, the audience need not be so large
for it to be a worthwhile pursuit. More and more, the media that we
consumed is not produced to be viewed by large audiences, but instead by
small viewerships who are able to feel more connected to their content
creators.

This is valuable because it allows content creators to specialize to a
degree that was impractical before Web 2.0. The sorts of niche content
that might interest a potential audience of only a few thousand or even
a few hundred would be practically unpublishable in the past, to say
nothing of the uber-context-specific content on sites like Facebook.
There are surely downsides to this: the lack of exposure to different
persepectives can create communities who are hostile towards anything
different from their own cultural norms. But compare the development of
the Web to an analogous cultural shift, the invention of the printing
press. Certainly the printing press allowed hateful ideologies to more
easily convince many far and wide of their views. But it also gave rise
to a revolution in science; cells of natural philosophers in different
countries and situations all working on a vast array of issues and
collaborating on understanding their results. At its best, Web 2.0 can
do even better.

The Significance of Web 2.0

Today’s modern world revolves around the Web and the Internet. It is an essential item for every individual to survive in the 21st century. It allows us to do anything we want and more: communicate, entertain, publish, share, and many other actions. For most people, the Internet plays a large role in our daily routine, whether it deals with work, school, or for leisure. With the majority of schools and universities incorporating the Web and the Internet into their studies, the evolution of the Web never ceases to astound people at its significance, compared to what it used to be. Between college and my hobbies, I am constantly associated with the Web and the Internet, and all that it has to offer. It has changed my perspective on how the world functions, and it has impacted my life greatly.

I started using the Web and the Internet on a regular basis towards the end of middle school, when I received my first “smartphone.” I started learning about all of the useful applications that would help me with school and my studies in computer science when I went to high school. As more applications that were designated towards social media and entertainment purposes started to come out, more and more people began to spend more time on the Web and the Internet, myself included. As I got more accustomed to my time on the Internet, I started encouraging my friends and family to start using it, as it was something that had gained popularity. It has always been a major part of my life since I first started using it, and I am positive it is something that will stay important to me for a very long time, until something overtakes the Web — possibly Web 3.0.

Wikipedia – the #1 website all teachers hate

The Internet has been a part of my entire life. I may not have appreciated it when I was young, but as I grew up and examined the world from a screen, I realize I lived a privileged life. Having access to the Internet, especially Web 2.0, gave me the opportunity to read numerous blogs and websites filled with information. One website in particular, Wikipedia, impacted my educational life for the better and worse.

I remember attending middle school, hearing several teachers lecture my class about how Wikipedia was not a credible source. We all complained and demanded a reason, because anyone who had visited the site would understand how grand of a source this website/encyclopedia was. I, with my fellow classmates, learned that anyone could edit the Wiki articles. Rules have changed throughout the years about who can gain access to edit articles, etc; but it still was a fantastic website to learn about new information.

Whether it’s electric eels or the history of the Democratic party, Wikipedia can bring a wide variety of knowledge to anyone who accesses it. I still look forward to visiting this website when I plan on learning about a new topic. A tip for some skeptical users is to analyze an topic in a Wikipedia article and visit the source to see if it is reliable (sources for different points in Wikipedia articles are in the form of footnotes).

Web 2.0 and me

Nowadays, it is so convenient for us to post photos and texts on social media such as Snapchat and Facebook or Twitter. We can upload the videos we made to YouTube, we can play online games with friends, also we can hand in our assignments through the internet. But those things listed above are not imaginable in the age on Web 1.0, when the World Wide Web  just invented by Tim Berners-Lee.

The most remarkable difference between Web 1.0 and Web 2.0 is that most Web 2.0 sites allow users to interact and collaborate with each other in a social media dialogue as creators of user-generated content in a virtual community. But in the Web 1.0 era, people usually limited to viewing the websites passively. For example, we can edit the Wikipedia to fix up the mistakes we found , but we were not able to do the in the Web 1.0 era. Another big change between the two eras is that Web 2.0 break the barrier between devices. In the age of Web 1.0, it is impossible to use the internet on  cellphones or iPad. People have to sit at the table, face to the huge computer to use the internet. However, in the Web 2.0 era, no only on the computer, also we are able to approach the internet even on a calculator. From those aspects, the changes between the two eras are significant.

Although I’m already get used to the Web currently, sometimes I’m still astonished by the Web, the miracle made by human. It is so amazing that the Web connect the whole society in a virtual way. But when I was a kid, the Web 2.0 were not published yet, I can only watch the videos uploaded by the administrators of the website yet I cannot upload my videos. I was imagine that time, what if I can post my own video online? Will there be many people watch my video and rate or like them? Nowadays, the dream came true, I can put my video on many websites, although there are not many people watch them, the dream still represent the changes between two eras.

Hello, I Am A Millennial

In every sense, I am that horrid, entitled millennial that cannot seem to get enough bashing in countless blog posts and news articles by Baby Boomers and Generation X . The only World Wide Web I grew up with was Web 2.0. When Facebook was in the workings, I was on barbie.com having the time of my life roleplaying as Barbie so Ken was my boyfriend and choosing more stylish clothes that my friends Stacie, PJ, and Steffie could wear. As the popularity of Facebook grew, I was regularly chatting with my friends from the first day of middle school and even used the platform to help me find my current college roommate. The Web has always foremost been a place for my socialization and connection with friends, family, and strangers all over the world.

While my older relatives and teachers believe I should feel ashamed about how much time I spend on Web, whether I am on my computer or smartphone, I am not. I can wholeheartedly say even when I am wasting time on my computer, I am making progress in activities a lot may deem useless and counter to popular belief, actually making the most of my valuable time. If I got a dollar every time my parents told me how unreliable the trending news from Facebook and Twitter, I would have a much easier time paying the 1,120 percentage rate college tuition rate increase from 1978 as reported by Bloomberg http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2012-08-15/cost-of-college-degree-in-u-s-soars-12-fold-chart-of-the-day. Well-respected news corporations like the The New York Times and CNN, for example have not reported every death of Black Americans unlawfully shot by police officers and violent hate crimes committed against trans people and Muslim Americans; I had to find this information via Facebook and Twitter. Corporate America does not care about them so they got tired of broadcasting it the first time around.

Adults can make fun of millennials all they want as long as they stop embarrassingly incorporate and stop culturally appropriating Black culture. http://internet.gawker.com/corporations-sad-attempts-at-using-memes-death-is-too-1681457284

 

Web 2.0

Web 2.0 is a major upgrade from Web 1.0. There wasn’t so much going on in Web 1.0: intereactions were limited between the users and sites. For example, most of the time, people are only able to read things on the web; they couldn’t post anything to express their opinions. Web 2.0, however, encourages the communication absent in Web 1.0. Web 2.0 brings people closer by giving them the ability to share information on the web so other people can view and even post their own responses and reactions.

Every day I take advantage of the features Web 2.0 has. For example, I use YouTube very frequently, which allows me to watch videos that other people on the Web share. Without YouTube, I would’ve missed out on so much knowledge. Even Facebook supplies me with information on a regular basis, especially the news. I also share information on the web. I have a couple piano videos up on YouTube, and people are free to like, unlike, or comment their opinions. On Facebook, I sometime post helpful links that my friends could use. Web 2.0 plays an essential role in connecting people in the community.

Web 2.0 for Century 21

Humans are, by nature, social animals. We have a desire to share and communicate; to be involved with our fellow man. This need drives humanity to continuously innovate and create new, quicker, and more efficient ways to pass information. From the dawn of written language, to the advent of the printing press, and the birth of the web, there is a constant flow towards technological progress. The trademark of each form of communication was, however, that information was spread by a minority of producers to a majority of consumers. This trend was tremendously upset by the arrival of Web 2.0. A tool for the modern age.

I personally cannot fathom what any digital interaction would be like without the Web 2.0, as it allows anyone to produce anything for everyone to see. Its a web of the peopleby the people, and for the people. The result of this is incredible efficient and quick communication and access to information. As a student myself, this is of extreme importance as all my coursework and nearly all my class resources are located on Sakai. Sakai is a program which relies on the existence of Web 2.0 to function. Even leisure sites such as YouTube need this platform to function. In my view, this is what makes Web 2.0 so vital. It represents a shift from a few creators to many receivers, to many creators and many receivers. This change in quantity makes the amount of information and the amount of social contact increase drastically.

Such an increase in connection is evident everywhere. Enter any business and you’re likely to see somewhere on display their Facebook page, Instagram, and Twitter handles. These businesses are depending on the social media born through Web 2.0 to generate more awareness. Individuals use the same services to satisfy their need for interaction as well. News can be quickly and easily accessed online as well. This is not even limited to a computer with the prevalence of smartphones and tablets. Every day that goes by, more and more facets of life become connected shaping our world into one fit for the 21st century. Fit for a time when the many refuse to be dictated to by the few, where everyone has something to say. Web 2.0 provides that platform upon which they can speak.