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Web 2.0: five years on

31 August, 2009
By Allison Orr

In 2004, O’Reilly Media coined the term "Web 2.0" as a title for a series of conferences.  At the time they argued that this second generation of tools that now comprised the web had an "implicit architecture of participation" and a "built-in ethic of cooperation" that "harnesses the power of the users themselves".  These conferences were designed to restore confidence lost in the burst of the dotcom bubble.

Five years later the idea has turned into a movement.  In O’Reilly’s whitepaper for the upcoming Web 2.0 Summit, Web Squared: Web 2.0 Five Years On, he talks briefly about this history, but mostly looks to the future of the Web.  O’Reilly sees the Web as more than just a type of technology, "The Web is no longer a collection of static pages of HTML that describe something in the world. Increasingly, the Web is the world."  He also believes the Web is key to solving the world’s most pressing problems, "we must put the power of the Web to work… It’s time for the Web to engage the real world."

The paper offers an analysis of where the Web is now and where it may go.  It is also part of the work on the agenda for the Web 2.0 Summit and calls for input.

You can read the paper in PDF format here: Web Squared
You can comment on the paper on the Summit 2.0 website here: Web 2.0 Summit: Web Squared

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