“ The new Web is a very different thing. It's a tool for bringing together the small contributions of millions of people and making them matter. Silicon Valley consultants call it Web 2.0, as it were a new version of some old software. But it's really a revolution.”
TIME | December 13, 2006
Web 1.0 In this version, the author controlled website content. These sites were used primarily for commerce and information. Platform focus was on computers instead of the Web.
Could the Web grow to be more than a collection of author controlled pages? What would that look like?
The Power of Innovation Why not give people the power to create content instead of just consuming it? Could we create social networks within the virtual environment?
“ Web 2.0 applications are those that make the most of the intrinsic advantages of that platform: delivering software as a continually-updated service that gets better the more people use it, consuming and remixing data from multiple sources, including individual users, while providing their own data and services in a form that allows remixing by others, creating network effects through an "architecture of participation," and going beyond the page metaphor of Web 1.0 to deliver rich user experiences.”
“ A personal Web site that provides updated headlines and news articles of other sites that are of interest to the user, also may include journal entries, commentaries and recommendations compiled by the user”
weblog. (n.d.). Webster's New Millennium™ Dictionary of English, Preview Edition (v 0.9.6). Retrieved May 21, 2007, from Dictionary.com website: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/weblog
The Blog Instead of reading news, they were busy creating it. Blogging provided people a venue to post their thoughts online for the world to see.
Wikis Defined “ A collaborative Web site set up to allow user editing and adding of content.” wiki. (n.d.). Webster's New Millennium™ Dictionary of English, Preview Edition (v 0.9.6) . Retrieved May 21, 2007, from Dictionary.com website: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/wiki
Creating meaning Wikis allow users to “freely create and edit Web page content using any Web browser.” Wikipedia is one of the most popular wikis. http://wiki.org/wiki.cgi?WhatIsWiki
Description adapted from MySpace definition on Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MySpace
“ These communities make use of profiles, weblogs, email, forums and groups to provide others with personalized information as well as enhance each member's online communication experience.”
A Place For Friends Social networking technology such as MySpace and Friendster allow members to keep in touch with friends online.
Additional Sites of Interest LinkedIn. A site that provides professionals the opportunity to network in a virtual environment. http://www.linkedin.com/ YouTube. A site that allows vloggers to create and upload their videos for others to watch. http://www.youtube.com/ Google Docs & Spreadsheets. A web-based word processing and spreadsheet application that allows users to collaborate and store their work online. A presentation application is expected to be added this summer. http://docs.google.com
Moving you forward with Web 2.0 Using the technology in your environment.
Business Promotion MySpace Set up a MySpace page to inform users about your business. Promote your products and services in a venue that attracts over 100 million users. YouTube Start vlogging to attract new clients. Create a how-to video or provide an informed opinion on a topic related to your business. PBwiki Provide an informational page to help attract new customers.
Professional Networking MySpace Set up a MySpace page to inform others about your professional activities. Link up with others who are interested in networking as well. LinkedIn Create a free account and start connecting with others in your professional circle. With over 9 million members, you are bound to run into someone you know. You may get introduced to someone new who can help you further your career aspirations. Blogger P ut your ideas out there. Help your colleagues keep up-to-date on recent advances within the profession.
Students Twitter Provide your friends with an up to the minute update on your activities. Zoho Don't spend more than you have to for word processing or spreadsheet software. Why spend anything when you can get it for free? No more floppy disks. Ratemyprofessors.com This rating website helps you learn more about that professor before you sign up for the class.
Family Blogger Keep distant family members informed by writing about funny family experiences or accomplishments of note. Google Docs & Spreadsheets Use the spreadsheet utility to keep track of chores, finances, and other important family activities. YouTube Instead of sending a card for the holidays, send a video greeting.