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Pew Internet Releases Report on Web 2.0

Magazine article Information Today

Pew Internet Releases Report on Web 2.0

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The Pew Internet & American Life Project issued a report on Web 2.0, one of the hottest buzzwords in the Internet community.

Originally introduced in 2004 by Dale Dougherty, the phrase "Web 2.0" has now become ambiguous. In fact, Pew report authors Mary Madden and Susannah Fox said, "It is OK if you've heard the term and nodded in recognition without having the faintest idea of what it really means." So Pew Internet conducted surveys to determine how many Internet users use Web 2.0 sites and services.

According to one survey, online photo sharing is on the rise with 34 percent of Internet users reporting that they have developed or shared photos online (up from only 20 percent in 2001). Between August 2005 and August 2006, the Web 2.0 photo sharing site Photobucket increased its client base from 3 percent to 20 percent, while Kodakgallery, a Web 1.0 site, remained at about 3 percent.

As a legendary Web 2.0 site, Wikipedia has made extraordinary gains as an online encyclopedia and now draws 21 percent of Internet users, up from 3 percent a year ago. …

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