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Top Web 2.0 Services On The Internet

wikipediaWeb 2.0 is the second generation of Web development and Internet services that saw the transformation of Web design from static to dynamic web pages. This technology, which has revolutionised the Internet, emphasises direct interaction between a Web site and its user through creativity, information sharing and collaboration.

Although the Web 2.0 technology has been criticised by some as taking user-interaction with the Internet too far and promoting amateurism, developers are already working on building the next generation of Web technology, Web 3.0. This article will however take a look at some of the top Web 2.0 services on the Internet today.

  1. Wikipedia is a free content encyclopedia that uses the wiki software system, which allows multiple authors (users) to create, edit and organise Web content collectively. It is currently the most popular wiki on the Internet.
  2. Facebook is a social utility that allows anyone with an email address to open an account, find friends, share profiles, information and content with other users. According to a January 2009 Compete.com study, Facebook is ranked as the most used social-networking site in the World.
  3. YouTube is a video sharing website that allows registered users to upload and share unlimited number of videos with both registered and unregistered users.  YouTube services can also be used on some smart phones, dependent on the network provider and the user’s data plan.
  4. Spotify is a free peer-to-peer music streaming service that allows registered users play and listen to almost any  tracks or albums, with little or no noticeable buffering delay. The service allows music to be browsed by artist, album, direct searches or play-lists.
  5. Pandora is an automated music recommendation and Internet radio service. It allows users to enter a song or artist and responds by playing similar music selections. Users can then provide feedback on approval or disapproval of songs played. The service, like Spotify, is available free for registered users (with advertisements). Presently, access is restricted to the U.S. due to licensing constraints.
  6. Muzu.tv is a new music television site, which allows users to watch, create and share music video play-lists. Users are encouraged to create a personalised music TV channel for free with multiple video play-lists in one player. In addition, the site allows bands and artists to earn money from their video through advertising revenue share partnership with MUZU.
  7. CanYouRunIt? is a free service that automatically analyses a PC’s software and hardware to determine if it can run a product especially computer games. The service evaluates every component of the computer and recommends how the system can be upgraded or updated if the minimum requirements for running the product are not met.

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The above is just a few of many Web 2.0 services available on the Internet. Do you know any other Web 2.0 service that is worth mentioning or adding to the list?

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  7. Domain name registration

    March 19, 2010 at 7:40 pm

    A recent Yankee Group survey found that 86% of non-IT workers are using at least one consumer Web 2.0 tool at work. This shows that web 2.0 have come to stay and we are looking forward for web 3.0

    • Kantoormeubelen

      December 11, 2012 at 1:13 pm

      Nowadays it has growth to even 3 consumer Web 2.0 tools at work. Since Microsoft has launched there new socl enviroment i am curiours as what it will be in the near feature.

  8. Webdesign

    April 17, 2010 at 4:29 pm

    Wikipedia and Youtube are used here a lot on this office. They’re typically Web 2.0: the services contain user-generated content and offer free information. I really think this is the future of the internet.

  9. Battle Guild PC Video Games

    April 26, 2010 at 6:28 pm

    Web 2.0 enables people with no specialized technical knowledge to create their own websites, to self-publish, create and upload audio and video files, share photos and information and complete a variety of other tasks. I know Web 3.0 will come with another new technology advancement.
    .-= Battle Guild PC Video Games´s last blog ..Joanas Horde Guide – Of great use =-.

    • Admin

      May 16, 2010 at 10:13 pm

      Absolutely, the technology has changed the face of the Internet forever. I can’t help but wonder what Web 3.0 will be like.

  10. Webdesign

    May 19, 2010 at 4:26 pm

    The future is web 2.0 ! Look at Twitter and Youtube! I really think this is the future of the internet.
    .-= Webdesign´s last blog ..26/04/10 – Leuke anekdotes op Marktplaats.nl =-.

  11. Vietnam software development

    May 25, 2010 at 11:21 am

    I am only using Facebook, Youtube and Wikipedia. I have not tried the others. Maybe I should take time to try these out to know what they are about.
    .-= Vietnam software development´s last undefined ..Response cached until Wed 26 @ 11:08 GMT (Refreshes in 23.82 Hours) =-.

  12. NJ SEO Company

    May 25, 2010 at 6:33 pm

    Pandora is an amazing service. I almost always go go over my free account allotment for the month! If this keeps up, I will have to be a paid subscriber of the service because it’s so good.

    Some other web 2.0 sites worth mentioning as described on:

    http://web2magazine.blogspot.com/2007/01/thanks-for-web-2.html

    Flickr: The best way to store, search, sort and share your photos

    Digg: Digg is all about user powered content. Everything is submitted and voted on by the digg community. Share, discover, bookmark, and promote stuff that’s important to you!

    skype: It’s free to download and free to call other people on Skype. Skype the number one voice over ip software

    LinkedIn: is like Facebook for business professionals: Build yourself a business network to give you credibility in job searches and hiring, or use LinkedIn to reconnect or keep in touch with important business connections.

  13. Social Media

    June 9, 2010 at 1:53 pm

    Thanks for the overview, i haven’t heard about 4 – 7, but i will definitely check them out.

    • Admin

      June 27, 2010 at 9:14 pm

      You are most definitely welcome 🙂

  14. Segura SEO

    July 8, 2010 at 3:27 am

    Those websites listed above are definately the top web 2.0 services and platforms on the web, hands down. Great list.

  15. dlf

    August 11, 2010 at 4:37 am

    This is truly a brilliant sharing. With the rise of web 2.0, a lot of people have benefited and have used them to gain and increase their profit.

  16. Whitney Segura

    August 11, 2010 at 9:11 am

    Sweet, I really love all of these web 2.0 services, they are so fun and useful. Great list, so many good resources in one post.

  17. Sally Mendrez

    August 27, 2010 at 7:37 am

    The Wikipedia have much information. All are well stated and explained in whatever topic you need to find or search.

  18. Carmina

    September 22, 2010 at 11:11 pm

    How would you know if the certain web site is using the Web 2.0? Are there any characteristics that you can find by simply visiting the web site?

    • Admin

      November 2, 2010 at 8:06 pm

      Simply put, Web 2.0 is a term for that is generally used to describe Web applications that facilitate interaction between a Website and its users for example, blogs, wikis and social-networking Websites.

  19. dark

    September 23, 2010 at 11:54 am

    I’ve never heard about Spotify – i’ll check it ot.

  20. John

    November 4, 2010 at 7:02 am

    Interesting that the top 3 most popular sites on the Web rely so heavily on web 2.0 protocols. The web 2.0 release was so long-anticipated and slow in coming that few people realize how it has already been widely implemented even though they use it every day.

  21. Andy Eaton

    November 5, 2010 at 4:19 pm

    thanks for the list, a few on their I didnt know about, going to check them out. thanks

  22. Kantoormeubelen

    November 7, 2010 at 12:40 pm

    Hi Admin, what’s your opinion about Twitter? Does it count as a Web 2.0 service? In my opinion, it can: it’s completely user-generated content and can be used in wildly different ways.

  23. website laten maken

    November 14, 2010 at 9:20 pm

    What about Twitter? Isn’t that a good example for on of the biggest Web 2.0, or how you wanna name it, projects?

  24. Sim Only

    November 25, 2010 at 5:57 pm

    I can’t really get my head around web 3.0 and how it would differ from web 2.0?

  25. Web 2.0 Apps

    December 6, 2010 at 1:14 pm

    This is good list. Also you can check Go2web20 for latest web 2.0 services. If you want comprehensive list of around 50 web 2.0 apps and tools, then you should check this article. Hope that helps.

    Regards,
    Divyang

  26. Website laten maken

    December 11, 2010 at 6:57 pm

    Nice list of websites. Only i thing the sorting is wrong.

  27. erd

    January 18, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    Web 2.0 is getting old, time we had something new.

  28. schiphol

    February 11, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    What about dropbox, wetransfer? I find that great web 2.0 services!

  29. Dan

    February 27, 2011 at 4:22 pm

    What about niche web 2.0 like bandspace for musicians?

  30. Admin

    February 27, 2011 at 9:47 pm

    I really like dropbox. Thanks for all the suggestions.

  31. MASSAGISTA

    February 28, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    yea, time we had something new, thanks!!!

  32. Computer Smart Phone Technology

    February 28, 2011 at 7:25 pm

    Blogs are an integral component of Web 2.0 design and their utility goes far beyond a company just promoting products with sales hype.

  33. Pary Nickman

    March 8, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    I think that last.fm more popular than Pandora
    Pandora is only open to U.S. residents.

    My top: category – website:

    Chat – Meebo
    Images & Photos – Flickr
    Blogs – Blogger
    Bookmarking – Digg
    News – NewsGator
    File Sharing – Dropbox
    Emails – Gmail
    Office Tools – Google Docs & Spreadsheets
    Games & Sketching – GameSnips
    Video – YouTube

    • Admin

      April 29, 2011 at 2:32 pm

      Great list Pary. Thanks

  34. schiphol

    March 26, 2011 at 6:05 pm

    Didnt know about canyourunit, it sheems a nice piece of software…what do you think about ninite.com? It is a installer for multiple software at once! Really liked it!..

  35. Classifieds

    May 3, 2011 at 5:47 pm

    good list. never thought of #4-#7 as in the top 10 though. will check them out!

  36. kitano

    May 14, 2011 at 9:57 pm

    Ermm can we add twitter other than that I agree with most that are on the list.

    • Admin

      May 26, 2011 at 1:04 pm

      I would say yes. Twitter is definitely up there as one of the top Web 2.0 sites on the Internet today.

    • Shella

      November 14, 2011 at 11:21 am

      amazing isn’t it? i wonder what other new websites are going to make it on top.

  37. Sammy from web design india

    June 16, 2011 at 8:36 am

    Thanks for the great list.

    • Admin

      July 1, 2011 at 10:12 pm

      You’re welcome Sammy

  38. Reeve

    July 10, 2011 at 4:45 am

    Web 2.0 is the term given to describe a second generation of the World Wide Web that is focused on the ability for people to collaborate and share information online.

  39. carol

    July 11, 2011 at 9:03 am

    Web 2.0 is very important in optimizing one’s website. Because it is where you can interact with people.

  40. Mariah

    July 29, 2011 at 8:28 pm

    Web 2.0 is one of the best things that could’ve happened for the web. Nice article, thanks a lot.

  41. Adam W. Prillis

    August 2, 2011 at 7:56 am

    Thanks a lot for this list, I think it will help many link builders out there.

    Regards, Adam

  42. briant

    August 29, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    web 2.0 services are definitely here to stay.. they would be impossible to eliminate unless everyone gets a knowledge of IT.. and looking forward for web 3.0 would be nice..

  43. Andrew

    September 29, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    Many of the new search engines use the modular functionality of Web 2.0: mash together several services and add new platforms.

  44. Akash Kumar

    September 30, 2011 at 12:29 am

    There are many additions to the list like Stumble Upon, Reditt, Squidoo etc.

  45. terry

    November 1, 2011 at 2:28 pm

    Dropbox. that’s what I always use. 🙂

  46. tom

    November 14, 2011 at 11:36 am

    Nice article.
    Many thanx for this.

  47. vannie

    November 22, 2011 at 10:02 am

    Web 2.0 is very crucial for SEO. If you want to optimize your website you have to make submissions and posts on these sites.

  48. els

    November 28, 2011 at 11:09 pm

    Dont forget Evernote! and Workflowly, amazing tools. Check them out!

  49. joe262

    February 13, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    Web 2.0 sites use people to make new content. they earn money from users adding content. People get tired of the sites after awhile and move to new sites. myspace is example and think it is happening to facebook now.

  50. Michael

    March 3, 2012 at 3:38 am

    Facebook is taking over. I use it everyday religiously like most of my friends. It’s hard to complete with such an effective tool as Facebook is. You Tube and Padora also rock the house, Great services.

  51. Hannah

    March 15, 2012 at 8:15 am

    seems like a pretty obvious list to me. haha. howabout “Top Web 2.0 Services on the Internet… That you haven’t heard of yet”? Someone above mentioned evernote which I use on a daily basis & love – definitely think more people should check it out.

  52. Tania

    March 15, 2012 at 8:20 am

    I think Facebook and YouTube is getting popular day by day and many people use it for fun even for business purposes, while Wikipedia mostly used for reference because there are a lot of information that we can get there

  53. Felicia Corrine

    May 10, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    Naming a girl baby Facebook? I seems very funny to me. How would the girl feel when she grows up? After all it is her father’s decision!

  54. Zipper

    March 14, 2015 at 10:06 am

    Interesting article, facebook and twitter are very importend these days and very helpfull with your online marketing

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