October 1st, 2007

What is Web 2.0 (and why would I care)?

You may have heard the term Web 2.0 — it’s a popular buzzword these days. But what exactly is it?

Web 2.0 is a collection of web-based technologies that are used to create a more socially connected and dynamic web. You’ve probably already seen Web 2.0 in action, and just didn’t realize it has a name. Instead of a static web page with links to other static web pages (soooo Web 1.0), the advancements of Web 2.0 will let you create a page (or, library blog, let’s say) that lets you see user comments in real time, as users decide to make them. Then you can incorporate a video or two, post your del.icio.us tag cloud, add an IM widget . . .

There are a lot of popular technologies that make up Web 2.0 (with new ones every day). Here are a few:

  • blogs
  • wikis
  • podcasting
  • vodcasting
  • RSS feeds
  • social bookmarking
  • Just about anything you can image! Check out Go2Web20 to see a huge list of Web 2.0 applications.

Feel a little lost? You can learn about Web 2.0 in manageable chunks – in fact there’s a great tutorial by the Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County called 23 Things. It breaks down the best of Web 2.0 into short learning projects spaced over 9 weeks. It’s a lot of fun, and you may just find some tools you want to use.

For more Web 2.0 tools, you’ll want to watch for postings in the Capella Library bog. We’ve tagged them Web2.0 (you can already see some interesting video tools Erika has posted), so they’ll be easy to find. The librarians also talk about Web 2.0 tools at the Residential Colloquia; look for the lunchtime Cool Tools presentation.


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