A contextual background to the design environment.
What is Web 2.0?
The main purpose of Web 2.0 is targeted towards the interaction and sharing of people within the online community.
Here are some of the Web 2.0 examples :
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Web 2.0 has brought about a major shift upon the entire notion of online information and research, as it allows people to distribute and edit information as they please. In other words, people that are sharing the information might not have any academic background, but rather distributing the information of that particular topic only based upon their own knowledge. A significant example of this is wikipedia.
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Media convergence is a common concept when signifying a range of methods within the media production content, especially when it comes to publication, distribution and consumption. In other words, it is the crossover of communication networks, computing and Information technology and the media’s content. From these forms an interactive online community (Web 2.0).
With the connection between the concepts of media convergence, participatory culture and collective intelligence forms the basis of the convergence culture. WIth the flow of content across multiple media platforms, audience can more easily engage, react and interact with such information.
Interactive Web 2.0 Examples:
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Blog is a type of Web 2.0 only by the commenting of other people. Although some blogs now have things like “kisses” , “hugs” and “likes” for others to use as an interaction with the blogger. The interaction of users within blogs are still very limited as only comments are the only way to show interaction. In addition, certain blog websites might even need a day or two to process a comment, which in other words mean that the speed of the interaction process between the users would decrease.
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Youtube is an online broadcasting platform for people to share videos with one another, forming a whole online community of people interacting by recording and uploading their own videos for people around to world to browse, watch and comment on.
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Facebook is a well-known Web 2.0 social network, as it provides the platform for people to interact with one another through commenting and posting.
Information Reference: Waterson, Sarah. “An overview of online developments and the media context for interactive design.” Lecture. Week One – Web 2.0 and Convergence. 27 Feb. 2012. Web. 03 Mar. 2012.