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UPDATE: This blog was abandoned last year. I didn’t want to just “talk” about Web 2.0; I went ahead and actually built something. Check out my new blog at http://www.varunmathur.net. 

Web 2.0

On April 1st, 2004, Google launched GMail, which went on to ignite the whole Web 2.0 / AJAX revolution which we are witnessing right now. There is no agreed definition of Web 2.0. I like to think of it as the re-birth or second-coming of the web. The Web 2.0 websites are more like web applications, and have a rich, highly interactive and generally well designed user interface. They could also be using web services offered by other sites (for eg, Google Maps, Flickr photo web service, etc). Syndication and community are also associated with a site being Web 2.0. AJAX is the technical term which is responsible for the increased interactiveness of Web 2.0 websites. But the fundamentals remain the same – what’s under the hood of a Web 2.0 application is as important as it was a few years ago.

There has been an immense amount of activity in the Web 2.0 scene over the past year, and this is nothing short of the beginning of the second Dot Com Boom. An incredible amount of such sites have popped up, some have become successful and have been acquired, while others are still in beta. And this is just the beginning. The next few years would be quite exciting, as the barriers to entry are quite low. All you need is an idea, a team of geeks, some computers, a domain name and a web host. Add to it your passion, observation skills, and innovation ability, and you can compete with almost anybody. At least in the Web 2.0 world.

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