Guardian's 100 essential websites reflect Web 2.0 world

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The annual list of 100 essential websites from The Guardian indicates how the web has matured.  The list is dominated by web services rather than web sites, reflecting how the internet has shifted from a platform for consumption to one for collaboration.

The darling of 2009, Twitter, even gets its own mini-section, and includes services such as Twitter Tim.es, which creates your personal new site based on your friend’s tweets and the trending tool, Twitterfall.

There are, of course, some sites that are focused on content, though they are examples of new media brands, such as TMZ, Eurogamer and /Film.

But it is remarkable how many of the sites on the list are Web 2.0 services that enable the people formerly known as the audience to create, collaborate, publish and share.

From Tumblr to Dopplr, from Delicious to Digg, from Facebook to YouTube. the list captures a snapshot of life online.

There is a lesson for journalism here.  The web is not just another way to distribute content.  This list shows that how our online life resolves around community and collaboration, rather than consumption and content.

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