- Tagging: The seemingly simple idea of categorizing content has found a passionate following on the Web. Proponents say having people label content online is the best way to organize information; because it takes advantage of the collective wisdom of everyone online.
- RSS: It's been likened to an online paperboy. Short for Really Simple Syndication, the technology allows users to have their favorite sites send content directly to them. Most blogs and news sites offer RSS feeds of their latest content. Feeds can be delivered to a personal Web page or accessed directly from a computer desktop with Web access. The technology has also fueled interest in audio content that has come to be called podcasting.
- Mashups: Google has been a leader in this trend of remixing the Web. The company has taken its most popular services and made freely available the basic technology behind them application-program interfaces, or APIs. Tinkering with open APIs has become a popular pastime among tech geeks.
- Web services: With broadband connections linking people to the Web as soon as they turn on their computer, the thinking goes that applications like word processing shouldn't be stuck on desktops. Support for the idea has grown since Microsoft announced in November a strategy shift toward Internet-based services. Online-only versions of Windows and Office are on the way.
Aman Batheja, "Web 2.0 mania revives dot-com investing," The Seattle TImes, December 19, 2005
Tim O'Reilly, "What is Web 2.0?," O'Reilly Media, September 30, 2005
The theme for the 2004 Web 2.0 Conference is "The Web as Platform," reflecting the emergence of the Internet as a platform by extending applications across the Web, enabling a new generation of services and business opportunities.
"Top Internet Industry Leaders Assemble at Web 2.0 Conference to Drive Innovation in the Internet Economy," Business Wire, May 3, 2004
However, the term is everywhere these days, so any language site worth its electrons has to acknowledge its existence and at least attempt a definition. The one above is provisional and may change as Web 2.0 changes.
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