In today’s world, people are surrounded by computers. Many people spend the majority of their day in front of one. This trend will only increase in the coming years, as electronics are becoming more and more integrated with our lives. On that same note, more electronics are being connected to the Internet. Gone now is the age-old view of the Internet being a place you go in a web browser. Devices are able to talk to each other, whether they’re ten feet away or ten thousand feet away. This brings with it both amazing new possibilities, but also a slew of problems including both ethical dilemmas and security risks.
Since the technological boom of around the year 2000, people have been exposed to computers on an almost daily basis. Along with this boom came an evolution of the web, dubbed "Web 2.0." This evolution brought numerous amounts of new technologies and views on how the Internet should operate. Since then, the web has become more user-friendly, allowing even computer-illiterate people to have their own identity online. People have begun integrating services such as MySpace, Facebook, and email into their daily lives, even holding conversations about them with friends. Cell phones are the must-have accessory for everyone, especially teenagers. The Internet has essentially become an important part of our lives, and it's all thanks to the developments of Web 2.0.
One of the most important aspects of Web 2.0 that make it such an improvement over "Web 1.0" is the use of dynamic web pages. Instead of having static pages that need to be reloaded by the browser, a user can reload only a certain part of the web site. This increases speed, decreases the traffic load on the server hosting the site, and ultimately makes the user happier and more comfortable. Consequently, the costs for running and maintaining a site are also cut dramatically. You probably have already experienced this technology hands-on, as it's the software behind almost every browser-based email service.
Another driving aspect of Web 2.0 is user-created content. Before, the web was maintained by geeky individuals who knew how to write the code needed to make the site work. This left probably about 90% of the population just able to fetch web sites and not create them themselves. With Web 2.0, however, users are able to easily upload videos, pictures, and stories with ease. YouTube quickly rose as the number one video-sharing site in 2006. Photobucket currently hosts more than 7 billion images on its servers. It's this freedom of expression that has led to the birth of thousands of online communities. People no longer have to turn to the news channel to find out what's happening in the world, because it appears on Twitter the minute it happens. Anyone can upload a video on YouTube and become an instant celebrity, with thousands of people subscribing to your channel and watching your videos. Some sites even allow you to turn video views into small income.
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