The Changing Web: Keeping Your Tech-Related Content Updated

The World Wide Web changes every minute – it’s a challenge for technology companies, developers and users to keep up. It’s easy to understand then, why personal blogs and articles written about the Web can quickly become outdated.

On this blog, there is a category called Web 2.0. When I created that category a few years ago, the goal was to include posts about the internet, social media, and anything web-related – which I continue to do. Looking back, however, some of the earlier posts (posted even as late as 2010) seem somewhat off, based on where the web world is today.

I know that books become out dated quickly – anyone who’s every bought a book about a specific software program knows this. (I once bought a book on how to use Adobe InDesign CS, but before I started reading it, the next major release of the software was already announced. Today I’m using InDesign version CS6). But I hadn’t given much thought to blogs becoming outdated so quickly.

So is Web 2.0 that outdated? Well no, the concept itself isn’t – but it’s not new. Let’s look at what “Web 2.0” actually refers to. The term was first used in 1999 to describe web sites that use technology beyond the static pages of earlier web sites. The Web 2.0 suggests a new version of the World Wide Web – changes in the ways both developers and end-users use the Web.

The vast majority of your online experience today is based on this new web – even the way you likely came across this blog post – as it is defined:

A Web 2.0 site may allow users to interact and collaborate with each other in a social media dialogue as creators of user-generated content in a virtual community, in contrast to websites where people are limited to the passive viewing of content.

Examples of Web 2.0 include social networking sites, blogs, wikis, video sharing sites, hosted services, mashups and web applications.

Even a conference I was invited to attend to blog about here (which focused on how Charities and Non-Profits could use Social Media and the Web) announced it was discontinuing the conference as their information on the Web 2.0 could quickly become too obvious or cliche.

Today with over 500 new websites being launched every minute, and over 500 Million tweets produced ever day, it’s understandable why your old web-related blog posts go stale quickly.

Will I ever delete the old, somewhat irrelevant posts? Probably not. Collectively, we’re documenting and archiving history, online. Happy blogging!