Introduction to Web 2.0

Joshua Porter

December 13th, 2005

Just three months ago Jared wrote Web 2.0: The Power Behind the Hype, in which he explained the value gained from the new, evolving Web. With new technologies like RSS and folksonomies we can put together useful tools even faster and easier than before.

One problem with the whole “Web 2.0” phenomenon, however, is that some people are still uncomfortable with the term. It is easy to see why: people throw around “Web 2.0” with wild abandon. Some claim it is the cure for your Web 1.0 failings, whatever they may be. Some claim that it is the realization of the full potential of the Web. Unfortunately, the wild abandon has left us with some unecessary confusion.

So, for those folks still wrapping their heads around the whole “Web 2.0 thing”, I’ve created a page called simply:

Introduction to Web 2.0

On this page I’ve included a quick explanation of the term (notice I didn’t say definition), as well as many resources for further exploration. My hope is that somewhere along this spectrum of publications you’ll find one that suits you.

For those interested in the service behind the page I created, it’s called Squidoo, and is a project by none other than Seth Godin, author of the Purple Cow and Permission Marketing books, some of our favorite reads.

2 Responses to “Introduction to Web 2.0”

  1. Susan Says:

    Yeah, you’re right. I was a newbie in Web 2.0… i’ve found a lot of answers on my questions after reading the introducrion,. It’s great, that you take care of your readers 🙂 Thanks.

  2. pixelgem Says:

    Very informative article. It hasn’t been clear to me until now what Web 2.0 actually is or means. Now I know, and have some of my own ideas for mini-apps! Thanks!

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