Something New from Pew — Web 2.0

The Pew Internet in American Life project just published a new report about Web 2.0, Riding the Waves of “Web 2.0” (pdf).  The report does a pretty good job of defining the concepts of the new web, borrowing heavily from O’Reilly (who seems to have corner limited rights to the term).

This uncharacteristically short report offers some interesting data. Still, only 8% of Internet users have created or worked on their own blog. I only find that interesting (Feb – Apr 2006). What I find to be important is that between a quarter and a third of Internet users have contributed in some way to the global network, from taking “..materials found online — like songs, text or images — and remixed it into your own artistic creation” (18%) to sharing “..files from your own computer with others online” (26%) to rating “..a product, service or person using an online rating system” (30%). We are increasingly feeling like participants in the network of content, not merely consumers. part of the report that I found interesting was a graph comparing the number of Wikipedia users, and users of Encarta. Why do people seem to be flocking to the Wikipedia?

  • Is it because of the buzz?
  • Is it because it’s new and must be better?
  • Is it because there are more articles?
  • Is it because the articles tend to be richer?
  • Is it because the information is more up-to-date?
  • Is it because it belongs to us?

What do you think?

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Author: David Warlick

David Warlick has been an educator for the past 40+ years. He continues to do some writing, but is mostly seeking his next intersect between play, passion and purpose, dabbling in photography, drone videography and music production.