Web 2.0

Web 2.0 facilitates interactive programs, interoperability, systemic biases, and user-centered design into the development of World Wide Web pages and sites.

Though the term Web 2.0 makes it sound like a newer version of the World Wide Web, it is actually a change in the way that users user the web.


  • Term coined by Darcy DiNucci in 1999
  • Became popular in 2004 after O'Rielly Media and MediaLive host Web 2.0 conference
  • Responsible for the 2006 Time Person of the Year (You the user)

Consists of Three Main Parts

  1. Rich Internet Application (RIA): the experience brought from desktop to browser whether it is from a graphical point of view or usability point of view (AJAX and Flash)
  2. Service-oriented Architecture (SOA): how Web 2.0 applications expose its functionality so that other applications can leverage and integrate the functionality providing a set of much richer applications (RSS, Web Services)
  3. Social Web: how Web 2.0 tend to interact much more with the end user and making the end user an integral part
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