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"Web 2.0" for more Creative Sites

 

"Web 2.0" is a term that has firmly become debatable nowadays in the web world describing different trends concerning the use of technology and design of web sites on the Internet for the purpose of developing the creative abilities of Web sites' developers and users as well.

It is also intended to increase the communication quality and ensures sharing of information as well as cooperation between the user and content provider which led to the development of the web social culture and the quality of services hosted on the network exemplified by social networking sites, video and partnerships and dialogue forums such as You Tube, Face Book and many others.

Although the term proposes a new version of the international web, it does not refer to the renewal of the technical specifications, but rather a change in the ways of the performance of sites’ developers and users.

It should be noted here the difference between the Internet and the Web, the first represents the large network with its full services whereas the Web is a part of it. Furthermore, as the term “Web 2.0” emerged, there is also term “The Internet 2.0” which is a huge project adopting the development of techniques for increasing the speed of global network tens or hundreds of times more than the current speed concerning the transfer of information, so the Internet is a project and not a classification such as Web 2.0!

“Web 2.0” confirms the idea of the spread of interconnectivity and interactivity of web content which accrues throughout making the site’s user part of the process of site development.

The traditional publishing process does not match the Web 2.0 sites, so it was necessary to divide this huge number of participations within the special tags which permit easy search and smooth access to information. A case in point is the site “delicious.com” that allows users to divide their own links according to the symbolic words (tags) signaling the link, for example, you will find all the links shared by the whole world about web 2.0 on the link http://delicious.com/ tag/Web2.0

The sites which are classified as Web 2.0 is deemed as smart ones reshaping itself to suit their visitor’s taste and interests throughout monitoring the visitor behavior in order to exploit it in improving and reshaping the site in the long-term to increase its attractiveness to visitors. For example, if the visitor of the famous Amazon site “amazon.com: bought a book on E-tourism, the site did not of course change its home page for the sake of that visitor but rather recognized him distinguishing him as a previous visitor and remembered his previous interest in E-tourism.

Therefore, immediately design a homepage for the visitor including books on E-tourism.

It is worth mentioning that many tourist Web sites are classified as Web 2.0 sites such as “triporati.com” which let visitors show their expertise in the tourist sites they have already visited.
 
 
Dr. Hany Harb
harbhany@yahoo.com