Web 2.0 A tag cloud (a typical Web 2.0 phenomenon in itself) presenting Web 2.0 themes Web 2.0, also called Participative (or Participatory) and Social Web, refers to World Wide Web websites that emphasize user-generated content, usability (ease of use, even by non-experts), participatory culture and interoperability (this means that a website can work well with other products, systems, and devices) for end users. The term was invented by Darcy DiNucci in 1999 and popularized several years later by Tim O'Reilly and Dale Dougherty at the O'Reilly Media Web 2.0 Conference in late 2004. Web 2.0 does not refer to an update to any technical specification, but to changes in the way Web pages are designed and used. History Web 1.0 A diagram showing the milestones in the development of the key layers of the Internet. Some Web 2.0 capabilities were present in the days of Web 1.0, but they were implemented differently. Characteristics Web 2.0 Characteristics Tags
Technology: Understanding ‘Cloud Computing’ Like a growing number of companies, the New York Times has its head in the clouds—at least the part of its head that contains its memory. Without using a byte of its own processing power, the newspaper last month provided free, fully searchable access to its 1851 to 1922 archive—more than 15 million articles. How? If you thought Amazon sold only books, you probably think Google is just a search engine. Subscribe now - Free phone/tablet charger worth over $60 Ten years ago if you wanted to do something with your PC you needed to buy software and install it. Driving this leap forward is the proliferation of high-speed Internet connections, cheaper and more powerful chips and drives, and the construction of data centers that house thousands of computers. You don't need to run a business with an overburdened IT department to see the promise of cloud computing. But what about information security? Still, last Friday Amazon's online store went down for a couple of hours.
Paul Maritz: The Future of Cloud Computing As the computer industry embraces cloud computing, Palo Alto, Calif.-based VMware aims to deliver one of the key pieces of the puzzle. VMware's virtualization software has become a mainstay of most big data centers because it lets engineers allocate computer resources more efficiently. Now the company is pushing what it calls a "vCloud Initiative," to work with partners to build data centers that can support cloud computing. VMware CEO Paul Maritz talked with NEWSWEEK's Dan Lyons about how the next era will unfold. NEWSWEEEK: What is VMware ' s vision of cloud computing? What are the biggest reasons for cloud computing to happen? Try Newsweek for only $1.25 per week From the consumer point of view, ultimately the user wants his information to belong to him and not to any particular device. What are the challenges? How does cloud computing fit in the context of the history of computing? What will computing look like in 10 years? Are we essentially going back to that mainframe world?
Cloud computing Cloud computing metaphor: For a user, the network elements representing the provider-rendered services are invisible, as if obscured by a cloud. Cloud computing is a computing term or metaphor that evolved in the late 1990s, based on utility and consumption of computer resources. Cloud computing involves application systems which are executed within the cloud and operated through internet enabled devices. Overview Cloud computing relies on sharing of resources to achieve coherence and economies of scale, similar to a utility (like the electricity grid) over a network. At the foundation of cloud computing is the broader concept of converged infrastructure and shared services. Cloud computing, or in simpler shorthand just "the cloud", also focuses on maximizing the effectiveness of the shared resources. Cloud vendors are experiencing growth rates of 50% per annum. History of cloud computing Origin of the term The origin of the term cloud computing is unclear.
ExplainingComputers.com: Web 2.0 Web 2.0 For a list of Web 2.0 (SaaS) applications, please see the Cloud Computing Directory "Web 2.0" refers to the use of the Internet for interpersonal content sharing and online service delivery. The following provides a fairly comprehensive and integrated overview of the rapidly evolving and largely borderless Web 2.0 concept, as well as the more recent and broader idea of Web Squared. Web 2.0 is not a definitive something. At a conceptual level, Web 2.0 is concerned with establishing and maintaining more fluid, more flexible and richer online connections between people, services and/or information. Interpersonal computing -- involving person-to-person interactions facilitated via websites that enable collaborative content creation, sharing and manipulation. The following sections explain these three key aspects of Web 2.0 in more detail. The personal computing revolution of the early 1980s and onwards primarily involved individuals working in isolation on their own PC.
Twitter Explained by Common Craft So, what are you doing? It's one of the first questions we often ask friends and family. Even if the answer is just mowing the lawn or cooking dinner, it's interesting to us. It makes us feel connected and a part of each other's lives. Unfortunately, most of our day-to-day lives are hidden from people that care.
Social Networking Explained by Common Craft Networks get things done. Whether it's sending a letter or lighting your home. Networks make it happen. To get from Chicago to Santa Fe, we need to see the network of roads that will get us there. We see that Chicago is connected to St Louis, which is connected to Dallas, which is connected to Santa Fe. Of course, people networks can help us with finding jobs, meeting new friends, and finding partners. The problem with social networks in the real world is that most of the connections between people are hidden. This problem is being solved by a type of web site called a social networking site. Here's how it works. When you find someone, you click a button that says, "Add as Friend". What's really cool, is that you can see who your friends know, and who your friends' friends know. This solves a real world problem because your network has hidden opportunities.
Social Media Explained by Common Craft I’m sure you’ve heard the buzz. Social Media may be the next big thing. What’s it all about? Let’s take a visit to Scoopville, a town that’s famous for ice cream. The residents of the town were content. The Smiths decided to make pineapple ice cream. Of course, some ice cream was more popular than others and that was okay. It didn’t always come from a factory. When they arrived, however, there seemed to be a problem. Franklin had an idea for his ice cream. At a glance, visitors could tell what his ice cream was all about, and learn from people like them. Soon, a few things became clear. The combination of new technology and new ways to work with customers helped the residents feel like a unique community. Today, everyone has a chance to make their own flavors, thanks to free tools like blogs, podcasts, and video sharing. New tools are arriving in cities and towns around the world.
RSS Explained by Common Craft The Internet has problems. Technorati says there are 50 million weblogs, and as you can see, it's going up. This is overwhelming. Our focus here is on a new and efficient way to keep up with all the cool stuff that's happening on the Internet. There's the old slow way - Boo. This is you, and here are your favorite websites. Now, let's consider the new and fast way, which simply means taking these arrows and turning them the other direction. It's like Netflix compared to the video store. There are two steps to getting started. The first step is creating a home for reading new posts. My favorite sites are listed on the left, and on the right I can scroll through all the new posts from my favorite sites in a single place. So, to complete step one, you need to sign up for a news reader. Step number two, is to set up a connection between your reader and your favorite websites. To set up these subscriptions, look for funny little icons. A quick recap.