By Nicholas Wilson
Though the term bears the well-known version number so often attached to software products, it doesn't actually refer to any one technology. Rather, "Web 2.0" is the name for an emerging set of Internet-based tools and an emerging viewpoint on how to use them.
The technologies encompassed by "Web 2.0" include, but are by no means limited to, blogs, tags, RSS, social bookmarking, and AJAX.
The viewpoint focuses on the idea that the people who access the Internet, and use the Web shouldn't without interest absorb what's available. Rather, they should be active contributors, helping customize media and technology for their own purposes, as well as those of their communities.
"Web 2.0" websites allow users to do more than just recover information. They can build on the interactive facilities of "Web 1.0" to provide "Network as platform" computing, allowing users to run software-applications entirely through a browser. Users can own the data on a "Web 2.0" site and exercise control over that data.
Bart Decrem, a founder and former CEO of Flock, calls "Web 2.0" the "participatory Web" and regards the Web-as-information-source as "Web 1.0".
It is a common misconception that "Web 2.0" refers to various visual design elements such as rounded corners or drop shadows.
While such design elements have commonly been found on popular Web 2.0 sites, the association is more one of fashion, a designer preference which became popular around the same time that "Web 2.0" became a buzz word.
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