Monday 23rd of April 2018 07:16:52 PM

Web 2.0 Real Examples

A third wave of innovation is emerging on the Internet. The key element is interaction of users with information and other users on the Internet. This page links to a collection of exhibits that illustrate some of them.

Web 2.0 -- the ubiquitous platform

Platform? What's a platform? Windows is an example of a "platform". Windows is a foundation that supports a wide range of programs used to accomplish all manner of tasks. Computation, writing, business documentation, home theater, video editing, and accessing the Internet are just a few of them.

The Web is quietly becoming a meta-platform -- something more than just another platform. The Web started as a communication utility. It was pretty much passive and one-way -- just a bunch of Web sites that constitute a giant library. Even email is just point-to-point. It's not a collaborative medium. Web 2.0 has become a catalyst for innovations in interactive computing and communication processes.

In this third wave, the Web is becoming a much more open, dynamic and collaborative place. People are creating work groups and social networks with the Web. Developers have built a whole range of new services on the Web (more about that later), and new ones emerge every day. They are blending Flash, HTML, CSS, Javascript and other technology to create seamless and responsive Web interfaces, which they use to implement these new services. Google makes use of one effective blend called Ajax.

Some see PCs being relegated to the role of running browsers to access the Web. Yes, the Web is indifferent about which operating system (or browser) is used. Any old computer -- Windows machines, Apple machines, Linux machines -- is an adequate gateway to the Web. But's easy to get carried away by the hype.

Web 2.0 is not going to replace PCs as we know them. It's going to extend their power further. The revolution behind Web 2.0 is enabling users to influence and interact with the other players on the Internet. The result is better access to the people, organizations and information that they find important.

Programming the Web

Google is the prime example of how the Web is being "programmed". Google also makes their search and mapping APIs (application programming interface) freely available. The APIs enable non-commercial users to easily find and manipulate information on the Web. [NewsGator API]

Google has several Web 2.0 style services based on those APIs, and there are many examples of how others have put them to work.

Google Maps
Where to find cheap gas
Recent visitors to
Our bike ride -- click "Clear points and start over" to make your own
Google Feed Reader
Personalized Google page
More, more, more ...

A Web 2.0 community has been forming over the last several months. This community has the same character as Web 2.0 itself, namely open, networked and interactive. They're involved in things like sustaining the vision, writing standards, resisting hijack attempts, education and providing resources. They're using the Web 2.0 environment to do it.

Web 2.0 API Reference
Tracking Web 2.0
Web 2.0 Workgroup

More Web 2.0 examples

ThinkFree Office Online -- a good conceptual example
Num Sum -- a simple, sharable online spreadsheet system Webnote -- a very simple online note system
Yahoo! email (beta)
Rollyo -- roll your own meta-search {Yahoo!}

The conversational Web

Wikipedia -- collaborative editing
Mozilla WiKi -- community example
Steve Rubel -- micro persuasion
The 2-way Web --

P {text-decoration: overline; font-size: 12pt;}
SUP {vertical-align: 50%; font-size: 12pt;}
Figure 4-60

Figure 4-60. Correct, although strange, decorative behavior

By now, you may be despairing of ever using text decorations, thanks to all the problems they could cause. It gets worse, though (or maybe better), because so far we've been exploring the way things should work according to the specification. In reality, many web browsers do turn off underlining in child elements, even though they shouldn't really do so. The reason they Robert Scoble -- Microsoft blogger
Nobel Intent

Social networking

Social networks are a way to represent how individuals and organizations are related and interconnected. Internet social networks can be a "circle of (online) friends" or a mixed network where personal and business contacts are blended within an online community space. The online space is maintained as a Web service.

Social Network --Wikipedia
Six Apart -- shared space
Blogs as Social Software
Google Groups

Web feeds

You can find Web feeds for blogs, news, conversations or any other kind of dynamic (changing) online information. To use a feed, you "poll" it to find out what's new, and if you're interested in an item, you go get it. Web feeds are an important part of Web 2.0. They let people choose what they want to be connected to, and who they want to interact with.

Pluck -- browse for feeds using this simple reader
Comic Alert -- my daily dose of comics [alt]
Robert Scoble -- Microsoft geek blogger
More on Web Feeds
NewsGator and Feedster search for feeds
Getting started with Web feeds.

The essence of Web 2.0

More Web 2.0 Examples

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H1 {margin-bottom: 0;}              H1 {margin-bottom: 0;}
P {margin-top: -1em;}               P {margin-top: 0;}
<LINK REL="stylesheet" TYPE="text/css" HREF="link-styles.css"
<STYLE TYPE="text/css">
@import url(import-styles.css);

Because Explorer will read in both style sheets, it will use the that the default value of none will be used. As we've seen, that will turn the border off altogether. Setting borders as quickly as possible

With all of this shorthand stuff, you're probably starting to suspect that it goes even further, and you're right. We finally come to the shortest shorthand border property of all: border.

Furthermore, if we view the web page using a browser without style sheets, it will come out looking like Figure 11-18. It may not be as pretty, but it's still quite readable.

Figure 11-18

Figure 11-18. The styled page without any styles Cleaning up

There are a few places where the CSS version isn't quite the same as the printed version, as a detailed study of Figure 11-17 reveals, and of course the creation of the columns is a bit of a hack. How can these be addressed?