The History of Web 2.0 digital timeline showcases how in the past decade the internet influenced society, technology and culture through the switch to user-generated content and online communities.
Web 2.0 is all about the beginnings of user-friendly and community-driven technology and innovations. Perfect examples cited in this timeline are MySpace, MSN Messenger, and LiveJournal for the 2003-2006 period.
Another community-driven aspect is the beginnings of Wikipedia in mid-2000s, where users can submit and edit all sorts of information eliminating the guidance of professional entries or assistance.
The next items between 2007-2009 are the rise of microblogging such as the launch of Twitter and Tumblr, where you can do quick shares (retweet, reblog) and posts like with Twitter’s 140 characters or less model. Also the beginnings of the hashtag (#tags) to signal specific content for easier searches on both Twitter and Tumblr.
There’s also the multimedia aspect of Web 2.0 with the controversial beginnings of music and movie downloads, when Napster caught attention of Metallica in 2001, the creation of YouTube and torrent services such as Kazaa and Limewire adding increase into online piracy until 2003, when the iTunes store opened as Steve Jobs saw the financial opportunities in music downloading and streaming.
Speaking of multimedia, Macromedia Flash was a prominent staple in early Web 2.0 website designs with its interactivity and animation features, along with websites such as Newgrounds that supported Flash animations from independent creators. There were some Macromedia Flash sites that were specifically geared towards gaming, which some would argue is the predecessor to modern mobile app games.
Researching and creating this timeline took me down memory lane as I remembered being an active online user during the beginnings of Web 2.0 online communities.