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    What is web 2.0

    Hello,

    What is web 2.0 exactly? Being a coder, I focus more on code than aesthetics. But on job boards that I frequent, I see lot's of folks asking for a web 2.0 design. In doing some research to find out what exactly is a web 2.0 design, I came across multiple defintions.

    1) To some people a web 2.0 design means rounded corners and drop
    shadows with a glassy look.
    2) To others web 2.0 means the use of ajax in your interfaces to get a google like feel.
    3) Still to others web 2.0 means the state of the web now with all the advancements. Now I cannot explain this as I did not spend that much time on it. I suppose the transition between web 1.0 and web 2.0 takes place some where between css 2.1 and css 3.

    In any case I am interested to hear what others have to say about this.

    Jeff

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    I think Web 2.0 has become a catch-all for a myriad of different disciplines. It means a millions different things to a million different people.

    To me it mean being (or claiming) to be at the forefront of something, being design, platforms, UI's...

    Anyone however, can slap a beta on their site and claim be Web 2.0. In that sense it means nothing.

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    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Web_2.0
    The term "Web 2.0" describes the changing trends in the use of World Wide Web technology and web design that aim to enhance creativity, communications, secure information sharing, collaboration and functionality of the web.
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    Web 2.0 is kind of a joke nowadays as we're already moving toward 3.0 although it's still unclear what that will be. We suspect 3.0 will have something to do with video, and integration with television, but who knows.

    Web 2.0 is really more a change of emphasis than anything else.

    Web 1.0 was essentially making a website and pushing it out to the web in hopes that someone would see it and have an interest in visiting and maybe buying something from you or signing up for your newsletter list.

    Web 2.0 allowed a community of people to create the content instead of a single webmaster. And, true, as a result of a new approach, a new design style needed to be created too. That's where your mirrored images and glossy looks came from.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jphilapy View Post
    What is web 2.0 exactly?
    A meaningless advertising slogan.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ed Seedhouse View Post
    A meaningless advertising slogan.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ed Seedhouse View Post
    A meaningless advertising slogan.
    Exactly!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ed Seedhouse View Post
    A meaningless advertising slogan.
    Lol!!! Thanks!


    But if someone ask you for a web 2.0 design look for their site, then what will you give them?

    Jeff

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    Quote Originally Posted by jphilapy View Post
    But if someone ask you for a web 2.0 design look for their site, then what will you give them?
    Since I'm about to retire on a decent pension in a few months I'll probably be able to afford to pick clients with some sense.

    If I wasn't in that position I'd say "that's so old fashioned, I'm doing web 3.0 these days".
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    To me Web 2.0 has become a catch-all phrase to mean anything that looks or feels modern. It is really a useless term when trying to discuss specific designs.

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    Here we go again. Every so often someone comes along and starts a thread asking this exact same question.

    There is a definite, explicit, known and easily understood definition of web 2.0 and only pmw57 got a half decent source with a half-accurate description.

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    I also see that a recent Sitepoint article has recently turned up that goes in to the vagueries of Web 2.0

    The Day Web 2.0 Died
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    Web 2.0 is a pretty washed out term right now (read: no-clear interpretation).

    However, I believe originally it referred to a new emphasis on collaboration, sharing and user contributions.

    The term also got associated with certain design aesthetics that become popular after people where no-longer restricted to the palette of 216 'web-safe' colors as well as having to deal with having a sizable number of visitors with browsers that have poor CSS support and low monitor resolutions.

    These design aesthetics include smooth gradients, reflections and other gloss/sheen, colorful badges with basic lighting effects, rounded corners, and larger font sizes for some design elements. But, many of these are becoming very cliche right now (e.g., even craigslist uses rounded corners now), so when designing a new site you should try to avoid overusing them.
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    See what I mean? This guy^^. And someone else will probably post again under here saying either it has no meaning or it's all about flashy buttons and design. Let's watch!

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    Web 2.0 has no meaning.

    If it means anything, it's about flashy buttons and design.

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    rounded corners, drop shadows, pukey pastel colours, and larger fonts (yay!!!!)

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    And we have a winner! It's me!! The very next guy in line said exactly what I posted. Do I get a special banner, Rudy?

    Now, let's wait around the corner. Another unsuspecting user will pop in here again. Oh the fun of it all.

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    drhowarddrfine:

    The problem with your comments (and your attitude, to be honest) is that dictionary definitions often do not match public opinion. If there's still active debate about what it is (even though it has long since been properly defined), its obvious that either the definition isn't relevant or correct, or it has grown to be something different than what the original definer intended.

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    Karpie,
    If you surf the web with any regularity, you see this question brought up on other forums, and it's been asked over and over on this forum, also. Hence my comment to Rudy above. Despite your implication that the "public" now has a different definition than professional groups, there's a whole conference brought together by O'Reilly that focuses on this very thing. In fact, there are drawings and diagrams which will point you in the true direction and you will see the answer.

    I guess my "attitude" is the same as Tim O'Reilly's who wrote an article just for those who seem oblivious to his previous articles about what it is. After all, he coined the term, defined it, and gives presentations on it to this day.

    So, why does the question exist and who are these people who keep asking it?

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    Here is the Web 2.0 article by Tim O'Reilly
    What Is Web 2.0
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    Quote Originally Posted by r937 View Post
    rounded corners, drop shadows, pukey pastel colours, and larger fonts (yay!!!!)

    hehe plus the gradient of colors .... A more refresh icons that's web 2.0 for me

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    Here we go again. Every so often someone comes along and starts a thread
    ha ha drhowarddrfine, i'm with ya man. I was doing a blog workshop tonight and before the break I asked if there were any questions...sure enough someone said "what is web 2.0?" My response: "Time for a 15 Minute Break!"

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    <<< Engage groundhog day >>>

    Web 2.0 is a meaningless advertising slogan.
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    Does it even really matter in the slightest what the definition of "Web 2.0" means?
    I don't think so, it has become, as pmw57 said above, a meaningless advertising slogan.
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    If the definition of web 2.0 has proved to be that controversial, I wonder how web 3.0(whether it will come into being in the first place is debatable) will fare...
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