Thoughts of an Engineering Leader

January 30, 2007

Web 2.0 and Beyond

Filed under: Community, Web — ashikuzzaman @ 4:52 pm

I have been following the trends of Web 2.0 for a while and experiencing the changes in the way we use internet. I gave special attention to Web 2.0 when I found one of the main features declaration for newly released Java SE 6 is the support for Web 2.0. Earlier internet was a platform for 2 parties to push/pull information and do transaction. The 2 parties were more or less divisible by their functionalities like information/product supplier and user/consumer. Now its not only or no more that, its about participation of all the parties involved. Anyone can be in the recieving end and anyone can be in the supplying end as well. The more participation is there, the more valuable the service is. Its no more focused on attracting the giant companies or investors, the focus is now distributed to the individual netizens (citizens of the internet). The best article describing Web 2.0 is written by Tim O’Reilly. Google is in the lead of Web 2.0 initiatives instead of Microsoft, and you are not surprised!? Not co-incidentally, Google has been recently voted in a massive survey by Fortune as the best company to work for in USA.

Here is a screenshot of my Google IG that comes up everytime I open my Web 2.0 aware browser Flock. IG is a good example of a Web 2.0 application although its not the best. My homeland Bangladesh’s PageFlakes (with joint venture from Germany) has been awarded by as the best Personalized start pages of Web 2.0 applications in March 2006 followed by Google IG and Windows Live.

I feel the ground work was done long time back when people started appreciating open source models, projects. The bubble of late 90s couldn’t reduce the importance of internet in cybercitizen’s life. The web matured from a container of products to a provider of scalable services. Web 2.0 hints at an improved form of the World Wide Web, with technologies such as weblogs, social bookmarking, wikis, podcasts, RSS feeds and other forms of many-to-many publishing; social software, Web APIs, Web standards and online Web services representing a significant change in web’s use and behavior. As a Web 2.0 world’s cybercitizen, I use the following web services every now-and-then.

While I am yet trying to grasp the effect and scale of Web 2.0, talk on Web 3.0 ius going on where its predicted that Wikepedia will be the ultimate leader! Good luck to readers on that.



  1. A visual description of what web 2.0 is all about –

    Comment by Ashik Uzzaman — February 6, 2007 @ 9:38 pm

  2. Dan Cohen joined Pageflakes as CEO last week from My Yahoo!

    Comment by Anonymous — February 7, 2007 @ 12:51 pm

  3. Web 2.0: Creating a Successful Enterprise Strategy,1540,2098375,00.asp?kc=CMCIOEMLP022707CMS2

    Comment by ashikuzzaman — February 27, 2007 @ 3:25 pm

  4. Google IG is closely followed by Pageflakes and Netvibes for most used personalized home page vote –

    Comment by Ashik Uzzaman — March 23, 2007 @ 6:39 am

  5. Another nice link of “Future of Web 2.0” here –

    Comment by Ashik — March 28, 2007 @ 5:44 pm

  6. My latest discovery is Geni – . Read my post on this at –

    I think it’s one of the best utilities that I could have ever got from internet along with Google Maps, Yelp, Facebook, Wikipedia.

    Comment by ashikuzzaman — August 24, 2007 @ 10:34 am

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