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Web 1.0 vs Web 2.0, the Difference


Now a days we see that the Web 2.0 culture is evolving at a very rapid pace and a huge amount of Web 2.0 sites are being launched daily. Still most of us remain oblivious of the real meaning of this term which is coined as Web 2.0. Wikipedia says:

Web 2.0 is a revolutionary view of the Internet and the social and business uses of advanced technologies rather than the technical aspects of those technologies. The core concept of Web 2.0 is: Use Internet as a platform and leverage network effect to harness the collective intelligence in a cost-effective manner

Web 2.0: The Visual Definition

I can very well assume that the web 2.0 description provided by Wikipedia may not have helped new learners understand the true Web 2.0 meaning and concept perhaps because Web 2.0 can not be explained in mere words. The Web 2.0 concept is a whole new generation of ideas and needs to be presented graphically and that is where Web 2.0 Blog helped me in finding a more easy-to-understand Web 2.0 concept that I would like to share with my readers.

Web 2.0 Structure and Communication

The above image was actually made by aYsoon Blog to help its readers understand the structure and communication process of Web 2.0. The image was actually made in french but a little thanks to my photoshop skills I was able to translate it to English so my readers could have a better understanding.

Web 2.0 vs Web 1.0

The image compares Web 2.0 with Web 1.0 and explains how things have changed since the web culture has revolutionized. Webmaster and user interaction no longer depends on direct means of communication rather a whole new system of social interaction has evolved that includes really simple syndication (rss feeds) and also the use of social networking sites.

Do you like the evolving web culture? Do you think that web 2.0 has helped users get more interactive or do you think it is just a propaganda term created to wipe out the old web standards?



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  • Jeffro2pt0 August 19, 2007, 12:45 am

    I think web 2.0 has created a ton of opportunities for many people. Ideas are turning into reality for many people and because of web 2.0, the barrier to entry is practically nil. Of course, the barrier to entry or lack thereof could be considered a drawback.

    At any rate, I think social-networking is out of control and we are being deluged in web 2.0 startups on a daily basis. I think it will alright though, considering the market aka userbase will determine which of these startups stick around for the long haul, or which ones will die off.

  • kanak August 19, 2007, 12:47 am

    This is the best way someone can explain the difference of web 1.0 and web 2.0 . I think the quotation is right , A picture is worth thousand words πŸ™‚ .Thanks dj , for sharing this. πŸ™‚

  • Shelby August 19, 2007, 5:50 am

    I love that diagram. Sometimes a picture is way more clear than an explanation. Thanks.

  • Dj Flush August 19, 2007, 6:08 am

    Everybody is dearly welcome πŸ™‚ It was really one big job to translate the image from French to English and then recreate it in Photoshop.

    But I guess it worked well πŸ˜€

  • Haris August 19, 2007, 6:30 pm

    Yeah, even I have loved the diagram above. A very nice article. Thanks for sharing.

  • Robert MacEwan August 26, 2007, 2:07 am

    Notice how website 2.0 has the standard reflection below? Nice touch.

  • Jeffro2pt0 August 26, 2007, 3:43 am

    I didn’t notice that Robert until you pointed that out. Nice find.

  • Dj Flush August 26, 2007, 5:52 am

    Yeh! this shows that web 2.0 sites use more glassy graphics as compared to old web 1.0 sites which were over stuffed with images.

  • Paul Hancox August 28, 2007, 4:06 am

    I like the way you visually described the difference.

    Web 1.0 we had sermons.

    Web 2.0 We have conversations.

    Web 3.0? We know what you’re thinking before you even do it. πŸ™‚

    Paul Hancox
    Author, “Internet Influence Magic”

  • Dj Flush August 28, 2007, 6:11 am

    πŸ™‚ and I like the way you defined Web 3.0

  • Jigish Thakar October 25, 2008, 12:27 pm

    Never seen such a wonderful explanation

  • Mohammad Elias Hossain March 25, 2009, 10:49 am

    This is realy wonderful and helpful to easily understand the web 1.0 and web 2.0.

  • Shovan August 11, 2009, 10:54 pm

    Thanks for the detailed info, awesome post and clear diagrams

  • Shovan August 12, 2009, 3:54 am

    Thanks for the detailed info, awesome post and clear diagrams

  • ramanathan December 27, 2009, 7:56 am

    Hi… I need Web1.0 and Web2.0 diffrence…

  • ramanathan December 27, 2009, 12:56 pm

    Hi… I need Web1.0 and Web2.0 diffrence…

  • japonicabrown February 22, 2010, 11:45 am

    Great visual image of Web 2.0

    Hope you don't mind if I use it (attributed) in an eduactional presentation.

  • japonicabrown February 22, 2010, 4:45 pm

    Great visual image of Web 2.0

    Hope you don't mind if I use it (attributed) in an eduactional presentation.

  • δΈŠζ΅·ηΏ»θ―‘ε…¬εΈ October 26, 2010, 7:43 am

    And it’s really not as much as the “just support the standards” crowd might think that it is so Microsoft is being torn in two different directions.

  • Anonymous January 10, 2011, 6:41 am

    thereof could be considered a drawback.

    At any rate, I think social-networking is out

  • William March 4, 2011, 9:47 am

    this is really cool. web 2.0 really does blow my mind!

  • Anonymous May 31, 2011, 9:57 am

    Quite an informative post!!!

  • Samuel Hancock June 29, 2011, 4:25 pm

    Wonderful definitions of Web 1 vs Web 2!!

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