Web 2.0 is a phrase used to encapsulate the design choices of web sites from the early 2000s moving forward. Unlike earlier web design choices that presented users with static web pages and no chance for interaction or alteration, Web 2.0 sites are designed for a richer user experience.
Common elements of Web 2.0 design include social elements (users can contribute content in some fashion as well as share that content across networks), use of APIs (Application Programming Interfaces) to make it easier for third parties and users to access and use data, and mechanisms for pushing data out beyond the site’s interface (such as RSS delivery of news content).
Although the use of Web 1.0/Web 2.0 terminology is a contentious point among some critics and technology journalists, the terminology is useful as a tool for describing the significant shift between the interface and user experience of the early web and the present state of web site design.
- By Jason Fitzpatrick on 03/13/13