From 2004 to 2011, the Web 2.0 Summit, an annual event revolving around technology and the Internet, was organized by Tim O’Reilly (also the founder), his company O’Reilly Media, and entrepreneur John Battelle. Every year, the event was held in San Francisco, California.
Throughout the years, the Web 2.0 Summit featured some of the most influential and successful leading figures in the web community. Before we dive deeper into the importance of the event for the development of the Internet, let’s tackle some interesting related topics.
Tim O’Reilly is widely credited for having popularized the term “Web 2.0”. Although we have already come a long way since that stage of the Internet’s evolution (the latest wave is Web 5.0 and is known as the sensory Internet), the Web 2.0 was a true mark, which has ultimately shaped the way we continue using the Internet.
The Web 2.0 is also known as the social web. From that piece of information alone, you can tell why we say that the Web 2.0 is still pretty much pivotal to the Internet. Social is the basis of today’s entire digital world.
The social web refers to the platforms that emphasize content generated by the users, a culture of participation, a virtual community, simplicity and functionality of use, and intercompatibility across systems and devices.
The term Web 2.0 was first invented in 1999 by web designer and user-experience expert Darcy DiNucci. In 2004, precisely at the very first installment of the Web 2.0 Summit, Tim O’Reilly and Dale Dougherty reintroduced the concept, which quickly gained more popularity.
The first Web 2.0 Conference – 2004
To be exact, the Web 2.0 Summit was not always the Web 2.0 Summit. For the first two years, the official name for the event was Web 2.0 Conference. The first ever edition was held at the Hotel Nikko, in San Francisco, from October 5th to 7th, 2004. Widely famous speakers, even more so now, included Jeff Bezos and Mark Cuban.
Through its existence, the Web 2.0 Summit even originated spin-off events, such as the Web 2.0 Expo, from 2007 to 2011, and the Gov 2.0 Summit, in 2009 and 2010.