Web 2.0 vs Web 1.0

Web 1.0 was about reading Web 2.0 is about writing
Web 1.0 was about companies Web 2.0 is about communities
Web 1.0 was about client-server Web 2.0 is about peer to peer
Web 1.0 was about HTML Web 2.0 is about XML
Web 1.0 was about home pages Web 2.0 is about blogs
Web 1.0 was about portals Web 2.0 is about RSS
Web 1.0 was about taxonomy Web 2.0 is about tags
Web 1.0 was about wires Web 2.0 is about wireless
Web 1.0 was about owning Web 2.0 is about sharing
Web 1.0 was about IPOs Web 2.0 is about trade sales
Web 1.0 was about Netscape Web 2.0 is about Google
Web 1.0 was about web forms Web 2.0 is about web applications
Web 1.0 was about screen scraping Web 2.0 is about APIs
Web 1.0 was about dialup Web 2.0 is about broadband
Web 1.0 was about hardware costs Web 2.0 is about bandwidth costs

67 thoughts on “Web 2.0 vs Web 1.0

  1. yep, I like it!

    Fundamentally, I think most of the people knocking the term just don’t *like* the idea of these developments; they *want* things to remain the same, for example with companies (who own the “crown jewels” of the code), lined up against “users” who “use” — as opposed to unruly communities who have to be relied on, and who have a partial stake in where things go.

    Top-down versus bottom-up, in other words.


  2. Justin,

    I doubt there is a single original thought in my original post. Like most (of my) ideas it’s mostly rearrangement and juxtaposition 🙂



  3. Web 1.0 was about Internet Explorer
    Web 2.0 is about Firefox

    Web 1.0 was about spyware
    Web 2.0 is about spyware


  4. Great list Joe. I’ve linked to it, because I think it explains things in terms that even the 1.0 “old guard” can understand.

    Pete, good joke re: spyware

    If I may add one more, just for fun:

    Web 1.0 was about them, Web 2.0 is about us.


  5. I disagree. Web 2.0 is only about renaming and making “old thing” easier, not about “brand new thing!”.
    Web 2.0 is about reading. Not everyone has blog, most people just read — see number of active and total accounts on, say, LiveJournal.
    Web 2.0 is about _company based_ communities. No matter how it’s called, most sites that provide Web 2.0 services are companies. Yes, they allow communities to form, but so did Yahoo when Blogging was not popular.
    Web 2.0 is _not_ about Peer to Peer. Show me one Blog system that lives in the state of flux without a server. Any one?
    XML/HTML does not matter. Transitional and strict standards are used now. Your page is HTML, not strict XML 🙂
    Blogs are homepages. Just as some people were regularly posting new pages via Frontpage (scream of terror), now some people regularly update their homepage via online form. Called “Blog”. Means “Homepage”. (see MySpace)
    Web 2.0 RSS is quickly goes the way of Portals. RSS feeds are aggregated. Special tools invented to group them and read in one place. Result — virtual analog of a Portal, allbeit a bit more customized.
    Web 1.0 had “keywords”, Web 2.0 calls it “tags”
    Web 1.0 has Wap. Web 2.0 has… well… Wap 🙂
    Owning and Sharing is not linked to the type of web. Geocities is for sharing, yet Web 1.0.
    Web 2.0 is about IPO and selling off to the highest bidder (See LJ deal)
    Web 1.0 had free services, click-and-get-something-for-free sites and such. Now one company dominates providing free services. Is it that different?
    Web 2.0 Relies on web applications (mostly), which are happily used by “Web 1.0” sites.
    Web 1.0 Aggregators did the job of Web 2.0 tool providers. Same idea, shifted focus (and if you want to include something from web 2.0 into your site/product you still need an adapter, allthough standard is nice to have)
    Web 1.0 could live on broadband. But I thought you said Web 2.0 is about wireless? 😉 Both can live on broadband. Or say Hello to CNN video feeds over 56k modem.
    Both web 1.0 and 2.0 now have benefit of cheaper hardware, so bandwidth costs become sizeable.

    So… I don’t see any real argument on why Web 2.0 is different and why it should be called a special word. Just Blogs/Homepages all over and expansion of free services provided since “Web 1.0” times. Buzzword and IPO fever.


  6. > Web 1.0 was one-way, Web 2.0 is two-way.

    This is fundamentally the same point as “Web 1.0 was about client-server, Web 2.0 is about peer to peer” from the original post. Easier to understand for computer-illiterates though, I guess, which is always good.

    In general, I agree with Max Smolev. “Web 2.0” is just a fancy way of saying that we do the same things slightly differently. Way overhyped. However, this bit is a tad off:

    > Web 2.0 is _not_ about Peer to Peer. Show me one Blog system that lives in the state of flux without a server. Any one?

    Peer to peer is the way the internet works, dude, deep down. A peer to peer system is just a two-way client-server system. What you’re saying is right, but the way you say it is wrong: if you did have a p2p blogging setup, it wouldn’t operate without servers. Everyone would be a server. Offtopic, I know, but with such a good debunking I thought I should pick out the bugs a bit.

    Even the change of focus from individuals to communities is of no consequence – it was there in Web 1.0, people’re just doing it better & more easily.


  7. Peer-2-peer as I understand it makes no demands on a particular implementation technology. Rather it offers the appearance of no centre of control or master.

    As regards Web 1.0 vs Web 2.0 communities, the communities now engaging on Bebo and MySpace quitely simply didn’t exist as an entity in Web 1.0. Why didn’t they exist? Because nobody would suffer the delay of dialup to engage in a community activity.

    Home users quite simply didn’t use the web in Web 1.0 because the pain was too great. These communities have been enabled by a range of Web 2.0 technologies but if you said to them, “you are part of Web 2.0” they probably look at you crossways.

    Its the convergence of all of the above that defines Web 2.0. So dissecting and debunking them one at a time makes no sense. In a similar fashion saying Web 2.0 is just about social media or social networking is equally fatuous.


  8. web2.0 is all that is happening and web 1.0 is the past , we are into the future fast ahead on the web 2.0 platform.
    web 2.0 is all about live, realtime interaction between the user and the web
    thats y its rightly called web 2.o(i.e… U & web).


  9. I agree with Max Smolev. Long live common sense.

    There’s no such thing as Web 2.0!! It’s just renaming things that the Internet has always had. LOl! Have never seen so much marketing related gobbledygook rubbish in my life.


  10. Web 2.0 is web 1.0 with a shiny new Jacket, a jacket that is being worn by every web site that believes that the only way to appeal to people is by using rounded corners and flashy beta tags. Slowly the jacket will get rips and tears as the public catch on to what is blatant marketing propaganda. The term web 2.0 is supposed to signify a ‘new’ web, but there is nothing ‘new’ about it. It’s still javascript. It’s still flash. It’s the same thing we have been using before. Sure, now we can collaborate and edit pages, but hasn’t this been available already? You say that Google is web 2.0, how may I ask? Apparently web 2.0 is about communities, so I’ll see you on Google later. Just because we have integrated existing technologies and packed it into dynamic, flashy, attractive pages does not mean that something new has been created. It just means that we have changed the layout.

    Of course, this is only one side of the argument, some may argue that Web 2.0 is a new creation, that allows us to collaborate in ways that we couldn’t have done before. My answer to that is, We have been able to. The technology has existed all along, we just haven’t harvested it. And as soon as we do, we suddenly have a ‘new’ web. Sorry, you have not sold me. As far as I’m concerned. Web 2.0 Is just a “bubbl” waiting to burst.


  11. Web 1.0
    It is the “readable” phrase of the World Wide Web with flat data. In Web 1.0, there is only limited interaction between sites and web users. Web 1.0 is simply an information portal where users passively receive information without being given the opportunity to post reviews, comments, and feedback.
    Web 2.0
    It is the “writable” phrase of the World Wide Web with interactive data. Unlike Web 1.0, Web 2.0 facilitates interaction between web users and sites, so it allows users to interact more freely with each other. Web 2.0 encourages participation, collaboration, and information sharing. Examples of Web 2.0 applications are Youtube, Wiki, Flickr, Facebook, and so on.


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