Response to “What is Web 2.0”

It was interesting to find out how the internet has changed over the years. I would assume that most people my age only have experienced web 2.0 since I think it was mentioned that the web started changing in 2001. The general idea that I got from the reading was that the internet has become more and more user friendly; whether it be through the rise of blogging that kickstarted online connections, or the shift to more simple code by web based companies such as google and amazon. However the web has also become quite invasive in terms of data collection by these same web based companies. It is positive that anyone can inspect the code of a webpage and use that code themselves. I think it encourages many people to try to build their own web based projects. Personally I have used inspect element to look at the workings of webpages that I admired, or just to practice my knowledge of the code as I analyze which code does what on the page I am looking at. I also agree that public web projects such as Wikipedia, that allow any users to contribute are positive. However, it seems that as of late Wikipedia is not doing so well. Every time I visit the site I am asked to give a donation. I agree with the author that Itunes is a perfect example of early web2.0, as it “seamlessly” works on multiple platforms, is a database for product information, allows for user feedback, and uses simple coding language that can be understood by any developer.

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