Web 2.0: Definition

Posted on March 8, 2011


Web 2.0 is a term used to describe the next generation of the World Wide Web, which focuses on harnessing user participation and collaboration. Rather than just ‘presenting’ static information to audiences as Web 1.0 did, Web 2.0 allows audiences to create and customise their own content.

Web 2.0 puts emphasis on creating ‘communities’ within the World Wide Web, which may explain the sudden rise of social networking sites such as Facebook and Myspace over the past decade. Other popular Web 2.0 ‘applications’ or websites include Youtube (where users are able to upload videos online and share it across the globe), blogs (such as this one) and Wikipedia (users can contribute to the online ‘encyclopaedia’).

Below is a good and detailed comparison between Web 2.0 and Web 1.0: http://joedrumgoole.com/blog/2006/05/29/web-20-vs-web-10/

source: Copacetic’s ‘Web 2.0 vs Web 1.0’

So, Web 2.0:

+ allows user to share files, videos, words, images, movies over the internet – even with very little knowledge of the technology
+ emphasises on building ‘communities’ online
+ encourages participation and collaboration (create & customise)

For a more in-depth explanation of Web 2.0, have a read through Tim O’Reilly’s article.


Carter, Brian. Fuel Interactive: Why and How to do Social Media @ CreateSouth. Web. 22 April 2008.<http://www.fuelinteractive.com/blog/2008/04/my-social-medianetworking-talk.cfm&gt;.

Drumgoole, Joe. Copacetic: Web 2.0 vs Web 1.0. Web. 29 May 2006.<http://joedrumgoole.com/blog/2006/05/29/web-20-vs-web-10/&gt;.

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