What is Web 2.0?Web 2.0 is more than anything else a new way for searchers to actually use the Web in a collaborative, interactive way. The term 2.0 doesn’t mean that we are “out with the old and in with the new”; quite the contrary! It’s just a new perspective on how we use the Web, and how the Web is used for much, MUCH more than just search.
Many of the sites and services that are coming out as “new” in Web 2.0 have definitely been around for longer than this buzzphrase has been in vogue. However, these new kids on the block are taking old concepts and melding them with new ideas, creating and collaborating and sharing previously standalone services with theories that when put together just make sense (kind of like the old peanut butter and chocolate commercials!).
And Web 2.0 isn’t just limited to what programmers and techie geeks can do with it, either. Web 2.0 is all about you and me and how WE can create content, merge ideas, and in essence milk every last drop of usefulness out of the Web that we can get. The Web is no longer a spectator sport – it’s all about people, ideas, and collaboration.
How do I find Web 2.0 sites?I've profiled quite a few Web 2.0 movers and shakers; here are just a few:
- del.icio.us: del.icio.us is a great social bookmarking tool that allows you to tag and share your favorite Web sites with fellow del.icio.us users all over the world.
- Best Digital Photo Sharing Sites: Looking for the best digital photo sharing sites on the Web? Here are a few of my favorites; you can share your digital photos, print them out, or make them into a digital photo album.
- Free Online Calendars: If you're tired of writing on the back of napkins and would like a bit more organization, then online calendars might be just the thing for you. Here are my picks for some of the best online calendars on the Web.
- Yahoo Answers: Yahoo Answers is a cross between multi-topic message boards and your friendly neighborhood/office/school water cooler. It's a great place to ask a question and get an answer to pretty much ANY question you might have.
- Wists: Wists provides a way to find interesting stuff on the Web and visually bookmark it. You can also browse within the Wists community and bookmark other peoples' finds, if you want.