Web 2.0 Not Going Away, Despite Criticism

The concept of Web 2.0 blew up in 2005 after Tim O’Reilly wrote a brilliant article on the subject and published it on the web. This was before the most well-known Web 2.0 platforms had really taken off. But lately there has been a lot of criticism about the Web 2.0 giants. Facebook has seen its stock price cut in half amid concerns of its inability to further monetize its service. Twitter and other social media platforms have come under recent criticisms as well.

Poor performance doesn’t mean that Web 2.0 is on its way out. The concepts espoused by its “creators” are still vital to having a popular website. There’s a great write-up on the issue of whether or not Web 2.0 is still relevant over on <a href=”http://www.traveltrends.biz/ttn555-whatever-happened-to-web-2-0-it-never-went-away/”>TravelTrends</a> that we thought we’d take a look at for you this week. The author, Martin Kelly, has done a great job showing how Web 2.0 is still very relevant. He comes right out to say in the midst of a possible shift into what’s called the Web 3.0, “many of the foundation Web 2.0 principles as outlined by O’Reilly remain completely valid.”

So what are the core parts of Web 2.0? Maybe you just need a little refresher, but according to Martin Kelly they are the following:

1. Relying on “hard to recreate” content pieces that “get richer as more people use them.”
2. “Trusting users as co-developers.”
3. Utilizing the knowledge of the group and collective.
4. “Leveraging the long tail through customer self-service.”
5. Focus on providing services, not a piece of software, and remaining cost-effective.

These five core concepts are still highly relevant to any Web 2.0 platform today. Even with recent downturns on the stock market or elsewhere, the biggest tech giants today like Google, Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Twitter, and a few others all adhere to these principles.

This means that these principles are here to stay for quite some time, and they never really went anywhere in the first place. The concepts behind Web 3.0 are still very much in their infancy and we won’t be seeing much about that for some time. So, despite the naysayers, Web 2.0 is very much alive and active on the web today. We won’t be without Web 2.0 for quite some time, and that’s a good thing.

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