More than a quarter of internet users (26%) told an August 2006 Pew Internet Project survey that they have shared something online that they created themselves such as their own artwork, photos, stories or videos. Such interactive activities, along with many others such as blog writing, wiki contributing, social networking, web site creating, etc. are part of the loose aggregation of participatory online activities gathered under the rubric of Web 2.0. While some complain that the term Web 2.0 has grown so amorphous as to become useless, others argue that the fact that the term has enjoyed such a constant morphing of meaning and interpretation is the clearest sign of its usefulness in describing what Web 2.0 applications do: replace the authoritative heft of traditional institutions with the surging wisdom of crowds. Read More

Russell Heimlich  is a former web developer at Pew Research Center.