Whats the deal with Web 2.0

You may have been java scripting since you were 3 (I hear there's a special accelerator course you can do at nursery school now), or, you may have just discovered where your PC's on button is. Either way, web 2.0 - as the tech deity have decided to call it - is now surreptitiously upon us, and whether you're an expert or a novice there is no escaping the next wave of internet companies springing to life under the 2.0 umbrella.

But pray, I hear you shriek, what is this web 2.0 and can I buy it at (what was formerly known as) Dixons?

No, but here is a simple description: it's like the current internet, with a bit more DIY involved. Think blogs, wikis and social networking sites (see my previous post on Bebo). It's a term that's generally used to describe the new wave of internet services which involve some sort of collaboration. Wikipedia has a good overview (and is also an example of a web 2.0 service in itself).

If you want to take a look at some of the top web 2.0 companies, have a look at the photo-sharing site Flickr, the social networking service My Space and the "favourites" sharing site Del.icio.us (no that wasn't a spelling mistake). Of course, the best example of a web 2.0 site is Excite MIX, the most user-friendly personalised homepage around. But then, I would say that, wouldn't I?.

Don't forget to add Tech Crunch to your MIX page if you want to keep up to date with web 2.0 developments.


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