2012 has been a great year for the concepts and ideas behind the Web 2.0 movement. What started out as a term coined in 1999 has spread all over the internet. People interact with Web 2.0 tech and design ideals every day now. It seems as if Web 2.0 has reached a pinnacle in its influence; much has happened in the last few years to propel the concept to the top of web design.
The social media explosion was a primary point of what people predicted for the web 2.0 movement. In 2012, Facebook reached over one billion users of its service. That’s a little over a seventh of the entire population of the planet!
In addition to Facebook, more and more people have adopted other social media and web 2.0 platforms in 2012. LinkedIn – the professional social network – reached over 175 million users this year. Twitter now has over 500 million users.
Twitter especially has become an important part of human communication. The service played an important role in some of the biggest events of 2012. People followed the NASA Curiosity Rover’s Twitter account religiously on its descent to Mars and afterwards. The election was huge news on Twitter and a vital tool for both candidates.
Twitter and other social media helped rescue workers and thousands of people struck by tropical storm Sandy a few months ago. Twitter still remains one service that can provide immediate information about what’s going on in the world.
This is just one small segment of the influence that Web 2.0 concepts now hold over the internet and its users. We’re communicating, posting, and sharing more than people ever have in all of human history. There’s no telling how much this will increase once 2013 comes. Look to see social media, interactivity, and user-generated content to continue to drive the best of the web.