What is Web 2.0?

I found it interesting to read Tim O’Reilly’s article  “What is Web 2.0: Design patterns and business models for the next generation of software.” To me, Web 2.0 means greater user participation in terms of creating content and interacting with others. An interesting point is the idea that Web 2.0 services get better the more people use it. I hadn’t thought of it that way before, but it’s true. While O’Reilly uses BitTorrents as an example, the same can easily be said for Facebook. What good is a social network if you don’t have any “friends” to communicate with? The issue of ownership is also important. If you write a review on Amazon, the review’s copyright belongs to Amazon, not you. Most users probably don’t consider this, and maybe in that case it doesn’t matter so much since many Amazon users don’t intend to post that content elsewhere. But what about blogs? Are the posts I have written on this blog still mine or do they somehow become the property of WordPress? What about if I post an essay I have written for one of my classes? Issues of privacy and intellectual property are especially important in a library context. I am hoping that throughout this course we will learn more about how libraries can protect patrons’ privacy, for example, on the library Facebook page.

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