UtheWeb - YouTube

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For our Wiki assignment, our group chose YouTube as our Web 2.0 Technology. You can find this Web 2.0 tool listed on the web 2.0 directories at: Go2Web20's directory - YouTube

The Developers of this Wiki site include:

Kimberly Dellow
Alyshia Laube
Ashley Eyndhoven

What is Web 2.0?

The idea of Web 2.0 began with a conference between O'Reilly Media and MediaLive International in 2004. The two companies conversed about the state of the Web, its future and what would help ensure its success on the Internet. Tim O'Reilly, founder and CEO of O'Reilly Media, made a point that despite the dot-com crash of 2000, the Web would probably become an a large revenue generator. During the conference, Dale Dougherty, a publisher from O'Reilly Media came up with the phrase Web 2.0 to describe the new Web environment that become apparent after the crash. While dozens of Internet companies had declared bankruptcy, other strong sites managed to survive. Several new web sites were created every day, and many of them used different business models than the commercial sites that existed before the crash.

In 2009, The term Web 2.0 became official and describe the second generation of the World Wide Web that use technology beyond the static pages of earlier web sites.

Today, Web 2.0 websites allow people to have the ability to create, share, collaborate & communicate information easily. These applications are fast and dynamic, and they behave much like software applications installed on desktop computers, only they are Web-based, so users do not need to download or install any software; plus it is collaborative and many multiple users can work on one application at the same time. Most Web 2.0 features are offered as free services and are very simple for the average person to use. Many have become popular and are growing at amazingly fast rates, Such as You Tube, A video sharing site that allows users to upload, share, and view videos. As the sites continue to grow, more features are added, building off the technologies in place. So, while Web 2.0 may be a static label given to the new era of the Web, the actual technology continues to evolve and change.

Some other examples of Web 2.0 technology applications are:
• Blogs - also known as Web logs, these allow users to post thoughts and updates about their life on the Web.
• Wikis - sites like Wikipedia and others enable users from around the world to add and update online content.
• Social networking - sites like Facebook, twitter and MySpace allow users to build and customize their own profile sand communicate with friends.
• Web applications - a broad range of new applications make it possible for users to run programs directly in a Web browser.

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