While the term, “Web 2.0,” has been used to describe a wide array of applications and businesses that are often fueled by user-generated content and designed with many-to-many communication in mind, there’s one universal, operative word that sums up the essence of 2.0-ness: participatory.
But it’s not simply the case that all of this participating happens online in a virtual vacuum, where content is shared, accumulated, and archived without consequence. Participating online can also motivate users to participate offline.
Commentary and links from the Pew Internet & American Life Project. Previously from WNM: Internet medium enables new opportunities for info politics and The search for the definitive Web 2.0 definition