WHAT IS WEB 2.0 EXACTLY?
It seems like yesterday that I first sat down at my computer and went to Yahoo! to look for websites that pertained to horror movies so I could find out where to get the best DVD's at the lowest price on the world wide web. That was back in 1995, and I was considered a latecomer to the fast growing computer sensation called the internet.
Twelve years later we are finally seeing the first internet sites that are taking advantage of new technology that the web 2.0 will be bringing us more and more as we get closer to 2020. Web 2.0 could be defined as new ways in which burgeoning software technology is being used to develop new internet sites that focus more on social bookmarking, wikis and folksonomies which are mainly ways in which thousands of people can share information more easily than ever before.
WHAT WILL WEB 2.0 DO FOR ME?
Imagine that you are an expert in the field of astronomy. A fellow astronomer who belongs to a web group that you belong to as well, subscribes to a clipping service that Google news has developed for astronomers looking for new photographs of the Milky Way and other solar systems nearby. That astronomer instructs the service to scan thousands of web sites and news sites for any new pictures of a distant planet called "Nectar" that he just viewed once in some other astronomer's high-powered telescope.
Once the astronomer has received over a dozen new and exciting images of this new planet in his e-mail, he then pastes the best new images in his blog site that you already have bookmarked because you belong to the same bookmarking site that he does. Once you like what you see, you can then go to Digg and make sure all those subscribers see the new images. After that you go to Stumble it! and give the "thumbs up" there so those subscribers see it as well. Your great benefit from Web 2.0 will come from this new ability to share everything that you love to your fellow astronomers as well as to those outside your tight circle of friends and fellow co-workers.
WEB 2.0 WILL BE FAR MORE INFORMATION FRIENDLY THAN THE PRESENT WEB
With the more traditional web, you have to seek out new links and bookmark them on your own internet browser every single day when you are web surfing or needing to gather more info on whatever you are trying to do research on. With all of the new website technology that is being developed for web 2.0 usage, that will all be entirely unnecessary.
One small piece of information, such as those new pictures of planet Nectar, will be able to flow through an entire system of personal websites and business websites within a few hours. You could actually equate the difference between web 1.0 and web 2.0 as being the same as the difference between the desert and the rain forest. In a desert environment all the solar energy is lost in the dry sand and horrible emptiness of the desert itself. The rain forest, however, wastes little energy that the sun is expending on it and runs massive nutrient cycles as well. That's the kind of energy that the web 2.0 will be able to give back to all the users who will be developing new and exciting internet platforms for it to run on.
TURN 2-D INTO 3-D
Web 2.0 will also allow all new programmers to be able to take old 2-D images of pictures such as Saturn and turn them into 3-D images very easily once they get their hands on new photographic technology such as NASA's new image capturing device called Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory (STEREO) which recently took a 3-D image of the sun so that scientists could get a better grasp of all the capabilities of the sun itself.
With web 2.0, scientists will be able to take that 3-D image and embed it into the NASA web site so that all web surfers around the world can view the image in 3-D with no problem at all.
GREAT NEWS FOR ALL CONTENT WRITERS
Getting your new articles to crop up in more established web sites and blog sites will be far easier when you can use web 2.0 to list your best articles far easier than before. If your particular niche is in writing about tornado formations and hurricane information, for example, you will be able to bookmark your articles and send them on there way to huge blog sites and news sites that would not know anything about your article or blog before web 2.0 came along.
In the years to come, a lot more social bookmarking sites will spring up all over the world wide web because it only takes a few engineers to come up with new software that takes advantage of all the new technology that web 2.0 will bring them. What these new sites will do is take article sharing and blog postings to a new level of interactivity so that all of our future articles and blog content will get through to the people who need them most and will take the time out to read our web content in a much more thorough manner.