tech mid - Danning Zhang, 37086051 Midterm paper for...

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Danning Zhang, 37086051 Midterm paper for COM491, Dr. Vishwanath 1. “Web 2.0 is commonly associated with web applications that facilitate interactive information sharing, interoperability, user-centered design, and collaboration on the World Wide Web.” (Wikipedia. Web 2.0 , Retrieved November 17, 2010, from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Web_2.0 ) According to the definition provided by Wikipedia, I interpret 5 unique features of Web 2.0 that make it different from Web 1.0 are information sharing, interoperability, user-centered design, collaboration and being actively world-wide. Simply saying, compared to Web 1.0, a platform, Web 2.0 is collective, without gatekeeper helping you manage information. Delicious.com bookmark, Youtube, and Flickr would be some good examples for Web 2.0. More specifically, the 5 major features that defines the uniqueness of Web 2.0 can be explained as below— First, Web 2.0 provide its users with abundant information, just like Web 1.0 does. Different from Web 1.0, there’s no gatekeepers or story-tellers on Web 2.0. The way users interact on Web 2.0 is through peer-to-peer information sharing. Flickr would be a wonderful example engaging this particular feature. It’s an image and video hosting website, web service suite, and online community on which users can share and embed personal photographs. Additionally, the service is widely used by bloggers to host images that they embed in blogs and social media. In September 2010, it reported that it was hosting more than 5 billion images, (Wikipedia. Flickr , Retrieved November 17, 2010, from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flickr )which indicates an associated feature, rich number of users along with user experiences. The second feature of interoperability can be explained as the dynamic nature of Web 2.0. Examples of this feature can be seen in MySpace and Wikipedia for user-contributed content, and Google Maps and Calendars as platforms on which other applications can be built. Wikipedia, for example, basically functions as a knowledge& information searching site that can be edited by anyone of the tremendous population of users in the world. Allowing the ability of users and the applications/websites interoperate by provide services, help, and do activities to/with each other keeps both sides interaction, therefore, the information more dynamic. 1
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User-centered design becomes the third feature, and guarantees the democratic aspect of Web 2.0. Web 1.0 being a platform with a gatekeeper decides what to or not to let people see online seems more and more authoritarian for the modern society, where everyone should have the free-will and right to control what they want to see and say. And social network website and blogs have created a new, democratic environment for users to achieve this goal. T.sina.com.cn is one of the most popular blogs in the world that I’ve personally explored. It make me feel a lot more connected to the world with numerous information, interesting people
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