Characteristics of Web 2.0

This is a direct extract from the following link, a very well know and perhaps over used example of web2.0:

While interested parties continue to debate the definition of a Web 2.0 application, a Web 2.0 web-site may exhibit some basic characteristics. These might include:

* “Network as platform” — delivering (and allowing users to use) applications entirely through a browser. See also Web operating system.
* Users owning the data on the site and exercising control over that data.
* An architecture of participation and democracy that encourages users to add value to the application as they use it.
* A rich, interactive, user-friendly interface based on Ajax or similar frameworks.
* Some social-networking aspects.

The concept of Web-as-participation-platform captures many of these characteristics.
Bart Decrem, founder and former CEO of Flock calls Web 2.0 the “participatory Web. ”

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