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ABCs of Web 2.0
ABCs of Web 2.0
By Sharon Housley
Web 2.0 is a perceived transition of
the Web to web-based applications. Web 2.0 is the next
generation of technology solutions where interactive
content is the norm.
There is no agreement on exactly what
Web 2.0 means. Depending on who you are speaking with,
you may receive different explanations. At it's heart,
Web 2.0 is about the maturity of the Web. While many
refer to Web 2.0 as companies that employ powerful web
technologies, the key components of Web 2.0 are said
to include: the Web as a platform, collaboration, and
Here are the ABC's of Web 2.0...
A - Ajax
Ajax is an abbreviation for Asynchronous
for creative interactive web applications. Many Web
2.0 websites use Ajax to interact with website visitors.
B - Blog
Blogs are web logs that are updated regularly,
usually on a daily basis. They contain information related
to a specific topic. In many cases, blogs are used simply
as daily diaries about people's personal lives, political
views, or even as social commentaries. The truth of
the matter is that blogs can be shaped into whatever
you, the author, want them to be.
C - Collaboration
Collaboration is a hallmark of Web 2.0.
Building communities and developing content from multiple
contributors is part of what is unique about these second-generation
D - Dynamic
Content Dynamic content refers to content
which is obtained from another source, and which is
automatically updated whenever the source content changes.
E - ECommerce
Ecommerce comes from the phrase Electronic
Commerce, which basically means selling things over
the Internet. Many websites now conduct financial transactions
over the Internet. Ecommerce is simply a vehicle for
collecting payments online.
F - Folksonomy
Folksonomy is a means of classifying
and categorizing data on the web through collaborative
efforts from the online community. While not strictly
synonymous to the term, this is more commonly known
as tagging, where keywords are associated with items
or links. The keywords are used to classify the items.
G - Global Navigation
Global navigation refers to a somewhat
standardized navigational menu structure that encompasses
all the main pages on the website. Regardless of the
particular web page you are on, you can navigate to
any other part of the website using the global navigation
H - Hosted Application
Hosted applications are typically interactive
programs that reside on the Internet, and are designed
to run on the Internet rather than being downloaded
and installed on the user's computer.
I - Information Architecture
Information architecture describes the
structure and methodology by which information (such
as website content) is organized.
scripting language developed by Netscape for client
and server applications. It is commonly used in web
pages to add interactivity and to dynamically update
K - Knowledgebase
A knowledgebase is a collection of facts,
rules, and procedures that are organized into a searchable
format. In Web 2.0, website knowledgebases are usually
L - Long Tail
The phrase long tail pertains to search
engine results. The long tail of search follows the
thinking that the combined total results of multiple
less-popular terms will exceed the results of a single
more-popular term. Many webmasters have given up their
hope of ranking well for the extremely popular terms,
and instead are focused on ranking well for the less-popular
but more abundant terms or phrases.
M - Mashups
Mashups are the result of merging content
from a variety of different sources, and thus creating
new content based on the merging and filtering of the
N - Newsreader
A newsreader is a software tool or web
application that is used to read and manage RSS feeds.
O - OPML
OPML stands for Outline Processor Markup
Language, and is a standard for people wishing to import
or export their RSS feed subscriptions.
P - Podcasting
Podcasting is online audio content that
is delivered via an RSS feed. Many people equate podcasting
to radio on demand. However, in reality, podcasting
offers far more options in terms of content and programming
than radio does. In addition, podcast listeners can
determine the time and the place of their listening,
meaning that they decide what programming they want
to receive and when they want to listen to it. Listeners
can retain audio archives to listen to at their leisure.
While blogs have turned many bloggers into journalists,
podcasting has the potential to turn podcasters into
Q - Query
A query is a phrase or a group of words,
possibly combined with other syntax, used to pass instructions
to a search engine or a directory in order to locate
R - RSS
RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication,
and is a standard for syndicating content online. RSS
feeds are used to provide real-time information to interested
S - Social Bookmarking
Social bookmarking and social networks
are collaborative efforts that use democracy and voting
to influence the importance of items that are bookmarked.
T - Tags
Tags are descriptive keywords that are
used to classify and categorize items or URLs on social
U - User-Generated
Content User-generated content refers
to website content that is created by the users themselves.
It can be in the form of message posts on discussion
groups, blogs, comments on blog postings, wiki entries,
V - Vlog
Vlog comes from the phrase video blog.
This is a blog that mainly publishes video content rather
than audio content. Video podcasting is sometimes called
W - Wiki
Wikis are a collaborative environment
that is built around input from community users.
X - XML
XML stands for eXtensible Markup Language.
XML is often used to update dynamic web content.
Y - YouTube
YouTube is a highly popular Web 2.0 video
hosting website that allows users to submit, view, and
Z - ZeeEnd
About the Author:
Sharon Housley manages marketing for FeedForAll http://www.feedforall.com
software for creating, editing, publishing RSS feeds
and podcasts. In addition Sharon manages marketing for
audio recording and editing software.
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