Pew Chronicles the History of the Web 2.0
October 7th, 2006

There’s a new Pew Study just published on Riding the Waves of “Web 2.0” showing Web 2.0 activities have existed for some time and there’s no universal agreement on what a Web 2.0 application is.

‘Web 2.0’ has become a catch-all buzzword that people use to describe a wide range of online activities and applications, some of which the Pew Internet & American Life Project has been tracking for years. As researchers, we instinctively reach for our spreadsheets to see if there is evidence to inform the hype about any online trend. This article provides a short history of the phrase, along with new traffic data from Hitwise to help frame the discussion.

The HitWise data is unusual for Pew – this is the first time I have noted the Search Demographics service being used by Pew to cite internet usage trends – I’m sure it won’t be the last time.

Links: Pew, WebMetricsGuru


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