Blogs & Wikis & RSS oh my!

The BIG QUESTION: What the heck is Web 2.0?

 A) "...refers to a perceived second generation of web-based communities and hosted services — such as social-networking sites, wikis and folksonomies — which facilitate collaboration and sharing between users." (1)

B) "Web 2.0 is the network as platform, spanning all connected devices; Web 2.0 applications are those that make the most of the intrinsic advantages of that platform: delivering software as a continually-updated service that gets better the more people use it, consuming and remixing data from multiple sources, including individual users, while providing their own data and services in a form that allows remixing by others, creating network effects through an "architecture of participation," and going beyond the page metaphor of Web 1.0 to deliver rich user experiences." (2)

C) A Buzzword for anything cool on the web (3)

The correct answer is of course D, all of the above 

Perhaps the simplest defintion of web 2.0 is as follows "Web 2.0 is made of PEOPLE"(4). People uploading their photos, publishing blogs, tagging materials. Another defining characteristic is that Web 2.0 technologies are (relatively) intuitive and easy to use.

What is it that PEOPLE (and libraries) are doing? Let's Start with perhaps the most common web 2.0 activity BLOGGING.