Twitter / Web 2.0 / Standards Awareness
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Twitter is a social networking and microblogging service that enables its
users to send and read other users' messages, called tweets. Twitter came to
life in July 2006 when @jack sent the first Tweet to his seven followers and
by 2007 Twitter had 5,000 tweets per day. This quickly grew to 300,000
per day in 2008, 2,500,000 per day in 2009, and 50,000,000 per day in 2010.
As of 2011, there were over 100 million Twitter users worldwide.
Web 2.0 is a term often applied to a perceived ongoing transition of the
World Wide Web from a collection of web sites to a full-fledged computing
platform serving web applications to end users. Ultimately, Web 2.0 services
are expected to replace desktop computing applications for many purposes.
This year there was an explosion of Web 2.0 applications. This includes
improved calendar services, blogs, newsfeeds, upgraded map services, dynamic
Web content that needs no page reloads, and an overhaul to the look and feel
of web sites to make them cleaner and easier to use, making Web 2.0 the much
improved, user-friendly Internet.
This year also saw a much improved awareness of Web standards, with more and
more Web professionals looking to meet XHTML/CSS Standards and ensure web sites
meet accessibility requirements.