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.