The Next step (Web 2.0)

The popularity of the internet, gave billions of people the ability of accessing a wide variety of information as well as the capabilities of interacting with others who are also able to access the internet be it via computer, smartphone, gaming system, etc. People are currently running on Web 2.0, an upgraded version of Web 1.0, which allows people to interact with not just one but billions of other users using  websites such as Facebook or Reddit. Instantly people are able to share, tag, and comment on photos, videos, and ideas in a matter of seconds.  People take advantage of Web 2.0 to spread news and information about current events faster than the news on the television or on the radio. We also acquire an interactive online map which allows us to pinpoint locations and view satellite images of the world.

As a child, I only use the web to watch videos and play games but as time progress many of my friends and I began to use social networks to interact outside and inside of school. Chatting with friends on Facebook became a norm and people who didn’t have the ability to access the internet were confused in this new technological period. There are computers and Wi-Fi available at almost everywhere including stores, libraries, schools, and universities so people can have access to the web anywhere they go. As the Web continues to evolve, we find our world becoming technologically dependent on it, which makes me wonder how long can it continue to support us in satisfying our needs?

Web 2.0: Friend or Foe?

Ever since Web 2.0 has been at our disposal, human interactions have changed as we know it. The use of features like interacting with friends, family, and even total strangers through social networks, video sharing, texting, and blogging have gradually increased in being part of our daily lives. For example, Facebook & Twitter have turned into mediums in which people send and receive information on a daily basis. Since anyone who has a computer or mobile device with access to the Internet can share information, Web 2.0 can be as harmless as it can be harmful.

Personally, Web 2.0’s services offer are a great way to facilitate our ability to send and receive vital and/or meaningless information at a quicker pace. I believe it’s features have affected me greatly in a positive way. However, it has affected my life in a negative way as well. The ability to find things like the closest shopping center, restaurant or contact a relative who’s in another country in a matter of minutes is greatly beneficial for anyone. By contrast, these same services that have allowed us to communicate instantly have made some people acquire a false sense of connection to others. This due to the fact that when one focuses on less meaningful relationships online, the relationships one fosters in the real world may weaken. Also, these social networks cause people like myself to lack focus and in turn be less productive when it comes to working.

Our Web aka Web 2.0

The web is something we almost take for granted nowadays. Since I learned how to use a computer I was interacting with Web 2.0, even though I had no idea what that term even was. At first I used it as a means of playing games such as Club Penguin and Runescape, interacting with strangers and friends alike. As time progressed however, I transitioned into sire of social media like MySpace, Facebook, and Twitter. These sites have revolutionized the way people interact with each other, giving people instant feedback to events in their lives and around the world. You can have a conversation with a person halfway across the world in realtime. The dramatic increase in technological capabilities in the past decade has changed how many things are shown to the public. Whereas before you only learned about a tsunami in China the next day in the New York Times, now we can get video footage and live reactions to it seconds after it happens. Web 2.0 lets us interact with others in a way previously unthinkable and it is only expanding from here. The world is already connected by the Web, but as time progresses we will become closer and in touch with more people than previous generations ever were.

Web 2.0

With the ability to add user-created content, the web evolved. Web 2.0 is a means to communicate with family, friends, and strangers from anywhere in the world. On average, this more recent development tremendously increased web use and has allowed it to become a prominent source of information. Social networking continues to grow in popularity as more and more users take advantage of the efficient and effective web 2.0. Sites such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, and Tumblr see millions of visitors each day–and the numbers are only going up. This advance in technology is not one that can be overlooked; it has become one of the most innovative and useful platforms to date, and will continue to play a large role in modern science.

To me, Web 2.0 is a means of information and communication. Social networking has made keeping in touch with friends and family easily accessible and efficient. With the help of the web, I have access to almost any information at any time–whether it be about someone I know, school work, or even what movies are playing. Like many others, this technology has become a constant in my life. Rarely do you find someone without any means of online interaction. The web can be used to reach huge amounts of people in short periods of time, affecting millions of individuals almost instantly. More than anything, the web is an incredibly omnipresent and useful tool, and it would be foolish to not take advantage of it.

What does Web 2.0 really mean?

With the new web 2.0, it seems as though everyone has an endless supply of information right in the screen in front of them. Despite the advancements that the original web had, this “new” version of the web seems to be an upgraded version with additional benefits added on. I have not noticed this change however, its probably due to the fact that when i actually began using the web and all of its contents, it seems to have already been updated. Web 2.0 to me is similar to what apple does with the Iphone. It was slightly improved and given a new name so that everyone “moves” into the future. Information was already easily available on the original web, so this new version of the web does not seem that important.

 

Since I have not really noticed a significant change, I do not want to state an arguing point on whether or not the change has affected me in anyway. For as long as I can remember all I did on the web was go on google for any information that I needed. The web might have changed because of who runs things and how they run it, but I do not feel as though the users of the web have noticed a major change. I know its a bad connection, but like how grass grows, you don’t notice the change until after it has done something that catches your attention. For grass, its when it reaches a certain height, for the web, it was when recommended options became available.

 

The web seems to be more involved in our lives than we notice, on the other hand, we do not really seem to pay attention to the way it changes and how it is actually affecting our lives. The web can easily been seen as a helpful source that offers us a plentiful amount of information and provides us with all the news we need to keep us updated. It even at times, allows us to stay connected to friends even if they live elsewhere. The downfall of the web that people often forget is that it allows your information and pictures to be distributed to whoever wishes to get their hands on it. Colleges for example have the ability to view all the information and pictures you have put up on social networks.

 

Affected by Web 2.0

The Web 2.0 has had an enormous impact on my life and unto other people who are of my generation. I practically grew up with having unrestricted access to the internet through computers, phones, and tablets. I feel as if I have been spoiled. For example, if I were to go on vacation where there was no wifi then I would feel disconnected from the outside world. I’ve become so accustomed to having information available to me at any time, all it takes is looking at my phone and opening any app that has what I’m looking for.

An example of how fast the information online travels is actually similar to something we discussed in class the first day. Personally, I found out most of my news from either twitter or Facebook, and sometimes word of mouth. It’s rare that I’ll be watching CNN at 6 o’clock and discover news for the first time. Instead, it will be through the power of the Web that I learn of things that are going in the world. The Web has significantly changed my life, and it will continue to do so for the rest of my life.

Media and me

The “new” web has coined the term “web 2.0,” which seems like an amazing thing that has been made better!  When the concept of anything becoming “2.0” or higher, it means that the original form it has been upgraded and adjusted to fit the life that people are living now.  With the advances in technology occurring on a daily basis, the web is a form of media that definitely does not stay still.  The web users are always looking for something new to catch their eyes and that is what web 2.0 does.  It keeps up with the constant wants and needs of the users, which is amazing.  Not too long ago, the only way of contacting your friend from California while you lived in New Jersey was if you two were both home, calling each other on the handheld corded phones plastered to your bedroom wall.  Now, there are so many platforms for people to connect with each other.
Back in intermediate school, I used to compete with the guy next to me to see who could finish their assignments faster in technology class.  So we were basically seeing who could type faster.  We always compared typing speeds as well as kept watch on the levels we were both on.  After 5th grade, we went to different middle schools and he ended up moving about 45 minutes away from our hometown.  Back when we were in 4th and 5th grade, cell phones did exist, but neither of us had one.  We also were not aware of the social media platforms that were available at that time, as neither of us had really owned a computer.  However, about 5 years down the road, we found each other on Facebook and started talking again.  We are now great friends even though we haven’t seen each other for almost 10 years now.  It’s amazing how the power of the web brought us back together after so many years.  Years ago, that wouldn’t have been possible.

 

Web 2.0

Web 2.0 brings a whole new meaning to how the internet is used. Not only are internet users able to absorb information but they can also contribute to the information that is in circulation. There are many different kinds of sharing like blog posts and even social media. Social media has created a whole new era of how media is processed and available to the world.

This new way of surfing the internet has created positive and negative aspects. On the positive side, we have developed an easier and more accessible way to share things with people all across the globe. In addition, we are also allowed to view content of any kind at any time, regardless of subject. The pages we visit are also catered toward our own personal likes and dislikes. On the contrary, we are constantly being monitored by companies and services that we use on Web 2.0. The only way these websites can alter sponsored links to our own tastes is by tracking our online activity. Although this can seem like it would be breaching our privacy, there are many benefits from being monitored online. This new wave of surfing the web has introduced ideas for people to continue improving the internet. Web 2.0 has affected every internet user in ways that we could have never imagined.

Web 2.0 and it’s Effect On Society

From my perspective, Web 2.0 demonstrates the new type of society that has emerged, in which collaboration and active communication are greatly valued. Instead of accessing content online, individuals are now creating, sharing and editing content themselves which paves way for more creativity and innovation in terms of ideas and expression. I think Web 2.0 has also created a more interactive virtual space for individuals to communicate; with the rise of social networking platforms, global news or personal statements/ideologies can be shared through a photo, status or text post in a fast, efficient way. The ability to connect users from all over the world and allow them to blog, tweet, or comment through any platform changes the nature of information; instead of accepting it, individuals have learned to challenge, criticize and expand upon ideas or topics which adds to our wealth of knowledge.

As a student, sites such as RateMyProfessor or StudyRoom allow me to interact with students across campus who have taken the same class or studying the same subject, enabling me to make better academic decisions. I am also involved with various social media sites such as Tumblr, Twitter and Instagram which is where I first receive updates about recent news events. When a major crisis occurs, both in America and elsewhere, the users I follow share articles and live news feeds so we can discuss and comment upon events while they are occurring. This instant connection eliminates the reliance on newspapers or broadcast channels and instead, gives value to individual voices with an online presence who are either at the scene or connected to the event firsthand. This can possibly also eliminate the bias news channels or journalists might have, because the sources are not filtered.

In my opinion, one of the most significant effects from Web 2.0 is the rise of ‘YouTube celebrities’, a phenomenon that has never existed before. These individuals share online content on YouTube through the form of video blogs, tutorials, musical talent or short films and in turn, have gained immense popularity. The ability for individuals to create and upload weekly videos to a fan base that not only watches, but creates their own responses and reactions shows how alive and attentive the online world has become. Individuals, such as author and vlogger John Green have also adapted to the changing web and created Art Assignments, a video series where art is discussed and the audience is engaged in challenges to create their own take on the piece. Just this week, Brandon Stanton, the photographer behind the Humans of New York Instagram page worked with an underfunded public school in Brooklyn to raise money for school field trips; within a week, one millions dollars were raised by Instagram followers and hundreds were aware of the cause. In this way, I think the collaboration that is taking place online has allowed us to relate to people who are virtually strangers and provide a community-like feel, regardless of geographic location. From a societal perspective, the Web 2.0 has, in many ways expanded our wealth of information; however, due to sites such as Wikipedia, that allow users to add, edit or delete, we have learned to become more critical and skeptical of our sources and speakers.

 

Assignment 2- Web 2.0 and You

To me, Web 2.0 is the system where users give back equally or more than they take from the Web. Whether they do this knowledgably or not is debatable, but people everyone use the new Web 2.0 as a platform ] to share everything about themselves- whether it’s making a status about the weather, or tweeting about their classes – people are now contributing to the Web, not just taking from it.

The Web 2.0 has affected my life in many ways. Mostly, it makes my life a lot easier and convenient. Web 2.0 allows me to benefit from information that others put up. Instead of asking my cousins how her new daughter is doing, I can just see the new video of her on Facebook. If I need to find someone who’s selling the textbook for supply chain management I can just ask someone on the Rutgers Facebook group. The Web 2.0 also makes distributing information easier for me. When I went to Europe this summer so many people asked to see my pictures. Instead of sitting down with each and every one of them, I put the album on Facebook and let people look at it there.

Web 2.0 is also affecting society around me. I can see now, with the real time information feedback on the web, people are getting more impatient. I can even see this in myself. I remember when I was younger, and the internet was a lot slower, I celebrated when a webpage loaded in less than 30 seconds. Now, if it takes more than 5 seconds to load, I feel like attacking my computer. I can see that society is less patient all the time- people can’t stand to lines anymore, and students can barely keep focus during an eighty minute lecture. I also see the lasting effects of people giving to Web 2.0. People now know that when they put up a vine, or send out a tweet, they can get favorites and get popular over social media. This culture of “do it for the vine” or “do it for your followers” have made some people do some pretty stupid things, like purposely getting in trouble with their bosses at work, or being ridiculously rude to someone else over social media. This culture tells users that they can get love and attention through idiocy, rather than getting off their phones and making some real friends.