Wednesday, April 16, 2008

The difference between Web1.0 and Web2.0

There is much controversy between Web 1.0 and Web 2.0 as to which is better developed, more useful and so on and so forth...

However, once you look at the finer details, I believe that in actaul fact Web 2.0 is more beneficial to the user. Its programs seem more developed, are more orientated towards the consumers and overall are more interactive.

Such programs as delicious, wikipedia, google and multiple social networking tools are relying on the input of consumers to help build up their programs / networks

Below is a list of clear differences between the systems found on

Web 1.0 was about reading, Web 2.0 is about writing
Web 1.0 was about companies, Web 2.0 is about communities
Web 1.0 was about client-server, Web 2.0 is about peer to peer
Web 1.0 was about HTML, Web 2.0 is about XML
Web 1.0 was about home pages, Web 2.0 is about blogs
Web 1.0 was about portals, Web 2.0 is about RSS
Web 1.0 was about taxonomy, Web 2.0 is about tags
Web 1.0 was about wires, Web 2.0 is about wireless
Web 1.0 was about owning, Web 2.0 is about sharing
Web 1.0 was about IPOs, Web 2.0 is about trade sales
Web 1.0 was about Netscape, Web 2.0 is about Google
Web 1.0 was about
web forms, Web 2.0 is about web applications
Web 1.0 was about screen scraping, Web 2.0 is about APIs
Web 1.0 was about dialup, Web 2.0 is about broadband
Web 1.0 was about hardware costs, Web 2.0 is about bandwidth costs

1 comment:

megallagher said...

Elaine – a great blog, visuals and comparisons were, as you said, clear and informative! I agree there is a lot of controversy surrounding the differences in the Web1.0 and Web 2.0 worlds, as definitions seem vague and unclear. Like you, I agree that the interactivity inherent within the Web 2.0 world is beneficial to us, as consumers and to businesses in reaching us. However, I believe it is important not to see the two as separate entities, but rather that Web 2.0 is a cognitive/professional extension of Web 1.0. I would argue that the existence of Web 2.0 is dependant on the previous and current existence of Web 1.0. Web 2.0 simply builds and extends on the functions offered within the Web 1.0 world, and uses the internet as a platform to deliver an array of unfettered services that respond in proficient depth to its users.

As you have argued, Web 2.0 is about establishing communities, peer-to-peer through communication and social networking; to name a few. However, there is a key component of Web 2.0 that you have overlooked, and that is collaboration, whether it is amongst users and/or within content. Collaboration is fundamental to the Web 2.0 world and is essential when differentiating between the two.