A web 2.0 site is a name that was coined in the early days of the internet for sites that use technology beyond that of regular static pages. The name comes from O’Reilly Media’s Web 2.0 Conference that was held in 2004. Although the name suggests that Web 2.0 is a newer, updated version of the internet that’s familiar to the public it’s simply the name given to the ways software developers have modified the initial version of the work-wide-web.
What does a Web 2.0 Site look like?
Instead of viewing a website passively, a web 2.0 site could allow users to interact with each other through Social Media as well as allow user-generated content.
This can be found in social networking sites, video sharing sites, web applications, blogs and more.
So, to give you an idea of the type of website that uses this format, Here are 10 of the most popular Web 2.0 sites out there.
1. Facebook: Unsurprisingly Facebook is the most popular web 2.0 site, Facebook has become one of the most widely recognised brands in the world and has been described as a website that defined a generation, the website thrives on user-generated content, images, applications, video and more. The website now generates an estimated 750 million visitors per month, with around a billion users world wide.
2. YouTube: Although some are unfamiliar that the website is a Web 2.0 site, like many other sites on the list it focuses on user-generated content rather than content of its own. It’s estimated that the site receives 450 million visits per month making it the second most popular site on the list.
3. Wikipedia: The Internet’s chief free online encyclopedia thrives on content from well-informed (though not always) users on an enormous variety of topics. Users are free to add and edit information as they please, pending approval by the site. Contrary to many other sites on the list, the website thrives on volunteer donations. Nevertheless the site generates around 350 million visitors per month.
4. Twitter: This social networking site is perhaps the most improved social media brand of the last two years making massive inroads in to the domination of Facebook. The site is estimated to be worth around 7 billion pounds and gets around 200 million unique monthly visitors.
5. Craigslist: Is a classified advertisements website for products, services, jobs and CVs. The site was invented by Craig Newmark in 1995 and has become increasinly popular in the United States and throughout the world, generating around 160 million visitors per month.
6. WordPress: (Which I am using as we speak) Is the perfect example of a Web 2.0 site, it allows users to manage and create content for their own websites, it is an extremely useful tool for web and content management. WordPress generates an estimated 150 million unique visitors a month.
7. IMDB: The “Internet Movie Database is an online database for movies, television shows and video games. Users and critics alike use the website to review visual entertainment as well as individual actors, the site is owned by Amazon and generates around 100 million unique visitors a month, it also has a rapidly developing mobile presence!
8. Flickr: Is a popular image hosting and video hosting website that boasts an impressive online community. The site was purchased from Ludicorp in 2005 by Yahoo! The website thrives on user generated content, whether it’s images, videos or when used as a tool for bloggers. It’s estimated that the site receives around 90 million unique visitors per month.
9. Blogger: Is a blog-publishing website that allows users to create and promote Blogs. The site was bought by Google in 2003, the blogs are hosted by Google via a subdomain at blogspot.com. The Site has an estimated 75 million visitors per month!
10. Tumblr: Is a social networking website and a microblogging platform that allows users to post multimedia and other content. Users can follow each other’s blogs or make their blogs private. It was estimated that in 2012 that the site had over 77 million blogs live on the site. It now generates an estimated 60 million visitors per month.
So there we have the 10 most popular web 2.0 sites on the internet, these websites focus primarily on user-generated content and social media which is why they have become some of the most visited pages in the world today.
By Richard Owen