Web 2.0

When the dot.com bubble hit in 2001 due to everyone investing in the promises of world wide web technology. Companies that survived the crash realize wha they had in common. That was the need to transform from the rigid features of stand-alone, boundary-bound, customized applications to interactive and dynamic applications. Web 1.0 was all about individuality and incompatibility. for instance, when Netscape, the first browser of its kind was launched, it was a platform in itself with a browser and desktop application. it was product-oriented as it wanted to be gain market share, dominance and compete with other systems in its category. Google, however, used a service oriented approach by offering its services to the public. The trade-off was offering the public their services in exchange of storing user’s experience, habits, likes, dislikes in its ever expanding database. Google focused on improving customer experience and clearly, we all know who won the market share.

However, as we continue to advance technologically, there are new lingo like big data, internet of things, software as a service, virtual reality that pushes for more space in some sort of cloud or cloud computing and more processing power and lastly security. Security however, is still at infant stage and has just now to get the attention it deserves. On one hand, cloud computing has made it cheaper for companies to rid their datacenter equipment and maintenance and move data to the cloud. Security ought to be heavily invested before Internet of Things (IoT) fully takes offs.

However, there is clearly a trend or relationship with how major upgrades in web technology dominate the previous. The web 1.0 was like a standalone of application with boundaries and incompatibility issues. The web 2.0 is, according to O’Reilly,  “a gravitational core” and”a solar system of sites that demonstrates some of all of those principles, at a varying distance from that core” (O’Reilly, 2005. pg 2). The IoT would start out as a community or smart city, state, country and eventually on a global scale. In fact, With the exploration of different planets in our solar system, it is arguably projected that planet earth might have its own Ip address but probably not in my lifetime. The world has a very long way to go before getting there…or so we know.

Tim, O’reilly (2005). What is Web 2.0. Design patterns and  Business Models for the Next Generation of Software. O’Reilly


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