Designers, clients & Web 2.0

July 14, 2008

I see a lot of confusion around me when we are talking about web 2.0, its more of kinda buzzword for industry, clients & sometime even designers. As a web designer, i tried to explore a little more in WEB 2.0 as my first post.

This term was first originally coined by O’Reilly Media in 2004. Stephen Fry (actor, author, and broadcaster) defines Web 2.0 as

“an idea in people’s heads rather than a reality. It’s actually an idea that the reciprocity between the user and the provider is what’s emphasized. In other words, genuine interactivity, if you like, simply because people can upload as well as download”.

The idea of Web 2.0 can also be related to transition of information piles into application platforms.

Term Web 2.0 can be widely & variably related with-

1. Functionality (social networking, sharing, user generated content)
2. Software/technology upgrades (Ajax, CSS, tagclouds, RSS etc.)
3. Look & feel (colorful, gloss, transparent).

Considering the first two factors a typical web2.0 should have some of the following characteristics.

User Oriented Design:
User oriented design might the strongest factor of differentiating Web2.0 from its previous versions. A web 2.0 site should allow the user to do more than just the information gathering. The site should provide some kind of functionality by the means of social networking, media sharing, tagging etc.

Participatory Web:
If you notice you internet history, you will find that more than 70% of the sites you visited are based on user generated content. Video/image/file sharing, wikis and various blogs. With Web 2.0 enabled sites the WWW has become so powerful that you can find almost everything & anything you are looking for.

In January 2008, the English Wikipedia ( notice that its only about English articles it also offers several other languages) exceeds 2,172,800 articles revised by over 193,207,500 edits, giving a solid ratio of about 88.9 saved revisions per article. Various WikiProjects in many areas continue to expand and refine article contents within their scope. In April, the 10 millionth Wikipedia article was created.

Just imagine how much cost & effort will be required to compile this much information at one place. But the web 2.0 did it !
Source: Wikipedia database

Considering the Technology:
To facilitate the users with more beneficial usability & interactivity, technology also plays a strong part. With new features like CSS, Ajax  RSS, Flash, API, Flex and many more the user experience can be enhanced quite dramatically.

Further Readings
What is Web 2.0 by
Web 2.0 Can Be Dangerous at
Web 2.0 at Wikipedia

So,  I am looking forward for your comments & critics.
In my next post I will try to peek into the visual trends involved in beautifying the Web 2.0.


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