The evolution of the web has expanded the tool chest available for e-therapy; services once provided by email are now available with VoIP, and tools include e-Journaling, White Boards and Second Life. The landscape has changed and there are more opportunities for creative input. But with the development of Web 3.0, there are more possibilities for compromised security and encroachments on privacy.
That the Web has constantly been evolving since its’ inception is obvious. The brief summary below is to provide context for understanding where current technologies used for online counseling interface with this evolution.
Web 1.0 was about accessing and finding information very easily, e.g., Google, Ebay and Amazon. Initially the internet was nothing more than a huge number of HTML pages. It was like a big library containing a vast number of books, where users could get information from, but contribute nothing.
A Web 2.0 site allows users to interact with each other and generate content in a virtual community. Examples include social networking sites, blogs, wikis, video sharing sites, RSS and Twitter.