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Web 2.0 Technologies

Web 2.0 technologies are some of the latest technologies currently in use today.

What differentiates them from Web 1.0 technologies is the role played by the user. Web

1.0 technologies are tools and features that place the user in the role of consumer. Web

2.0 technologies, however, use tools and features that place the user in the role of

producer rather than the consumer. Tim O‘Reilly (2005) initially created the term Web

2.0 and used it to describe the change in the information technology world that brought

the Internet to users as a platform for their creation. Web 2.0 technologies can be any of

the tools or features on the Internet that allow the user to be a social producer. The

  • new‖ Internet is seen as a ―participatory‖ web rather than a static resource. This active

participation by the user enhances the tools themselves through their use. This is what

O‘Reilly (2003) terms as the ―Architecture of Participation. This concept has been

revolutionary to the Internet and its evolution. The Internet and its capabilities have

grown exponentially because of the active participation and involvement by the user in

the overall effectiveness of the particular tools and features.

This map demonstrates some of the core competencies of Web 2.0 and what has

come from it (O'Reilly, 2005). The products of Web 2.0 are actively changing yet the

core competencies still remain central to the core values of Web 2.0.

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