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    Question What is Web 2.0?

    Hi

    I have been hearing of this term since the past few months now. What exactly it is?

    I took a look into the defination by wikipedia but could not understand it.

    Can someone please explain it to me in layman's term?


    Thanx

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    I don't think anyone can answer this question without giving a vague definition that will most likely be disputed by the next person to answer it. It's just a buzzword.

    My best way to describe it: It's like Web 3.0, except older.
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    Web 2.0 is where your web page works more like an application rather than like a static page. Usually that involves Ajax calls to the server to retrieve information to update parts of the page without updating the entire page.

    Its use for anything else is just old marketing hype since the latest marketing hype all refer to web 3.0.
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    Web 2.0 can make your business more successful, bring new users to your web site, and keep your current users active and interested in your site.

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    Quote Originally Posted by flipmytext View Post
    Web 2.0 can make your business more successful, bring new users to your web site, and keep your current users active and interested in your site.
    i would love to see a brief explanation for each of these claims that illlustrates what aspect of web 2.0 makes it possible
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    Quote Originally Posted by r937 View Post
    i would love to see a brief explanation for each of these claims that illlustrates what aspect of web 2.0 makes it possible
    Well from personal experience, I utilize Twitter as my main marketing tool for cross promoting my online application. I truly believe it's existence helped catapult my website (seen in signature file) into top 200K Alexa Rankings. I average at least 700-800 unique visitors a day based on word of mouth alone. Zero advertising expenses. I'm seeing adsense revenue I've never had before since I started 'Tweeting'. If done right, all it takes is one of your followers to 're-tweet' something of value to their followers and it's one big viral marketing effect.

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    Alexa rankings outside the top 10,000 are meaningless since they are reliant on people installing a toolbar that spies on every page they visit and reports the info back to Alexa - something most people will not do.

    The revenue increase that you have is a valid indicator that your marketing is working though.
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    Thanks Stephen for the input.

    Yeah, not even sure why I put in the Alexa memo. Been having a bit of trouble with it lately. I just have the widget on my site. I don't know how the toolbar thing works and don't have it installed. Guess it's a thing of the past...Probably going to remove it from the site in near future as it seems pointless nowadays.

    Meanwhile, my Quantcast rating is pretty decent right now, currently at 143,523 - If that means anything?

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    Everyone has a different definition of what Web 2.0 is... I'd recommend focusing on good design and usability.
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