The Social Web: Wikis, RSS, Blogs, Flickr, and MORE!Presentation Transcript
The Social Web: Wikis, RSS, Blogs, Flickr, and MORE! Iowa City Public Library 8 Dec 2006 Michael Sauers Internet Trainer, BCR
What is the Social Web?
Also known as social software and social networking.
Allows you to share with your colleagues, friends, family and strangers.
Allows you to share your writings, thoughts, videos, music, pictures and more.
“ While the old Web was about Web sites, clicks, and “eyeballs,” the new Web is about communities, participation and peering. As users and computer power multiply, and easy-to-use tools proliferate, the Internet is evolving into a global, living, networked computer that anyone can program. Even the simple act of participating in an online community makes a contribution to the new digital commons – whether one’s building a business on Amazon or producing a video clip for YouTube, creating a community around his or her flickr photo collection or editing the astronomy entry on Wikipedia.” – Wikinomics, Don Tapscott & Anthony D. Williams
Features of the social web
Share, share, share!
(Not all social services have all features)
Little to no markup language skills necessary.
Usually it’s create, click, and publish.
The act of adding descriptive keywords to an item.
By making another account holder your “friend” you are automatically kept up to date with what that person is doing in the system.
Submit your feelings on the creations of others.
Others submit their feelings on your creations.
Automated based on previous experiences
User generated recommendations
RSS / ATOM
Allows people to subscribe to your information
Users receive information quickly and with little effort on their part
Users have the control over the information they receive
Examples of Social Software
A Web site “anyone” can edit with little knowledge of markup
Allows for collaboration and sharing of information
Can be used in lieu of an RSS feed
Pew Internet & American Life Project report on bloggers published 7/2006
54% of bloggers are under the age of 30!
37% of bloggers write about their “life and experiences”
Submit and share videos of up to 10 minutes in length
Recently purchased by Google for $1.65 billion
Subscribe to the videos of users
Comment on videos
My YouTube home page
Organize into sets
Contribute to group pools
Leave comments and notes
Send to your blog
My flickr home page
Social bookmarking service
Use in conjunction with or as a replacement to your browser’s bookmarks
My del.icio.us home page
Share, tag, and recommend the music you listen to on your computer
Integrates with iTunes, Windows Media Player, and WinAmp
Client software, not a Web site
last.fm: Now Playing
Catalog, tag, and share your book collection.
Yes, it does MARC records.
Friends, messaging, and blogging all wrapped up into most of the worst-designed Web pages ever
Waverly Public Library
Share and tag your PowerPoint presentations
View and comment on others’ presentations
My SlideShare page
Create and share online bibliographies
Bring in resources from traditional Web sites, flickr, del.icio.us, and podcasts
A Squidoo page is known as a “lens”
Library 2.0 Reading List
Calling Amazon.com “social software” is a surprise to some but it does have most of the features:
Amazon.com’s social features
“A 3D online digital world imagined, created, & owned by its residents.”
Social in the sense that users interact with other users
Second Life Library 2.0
A final thought…
“ It’s the simplest lesson of the Internet: it’s the people stupid. We don’t have computers because we want to interact with machines; we have them because they allow us to communicate more effectively with other people.” ─ Douglas Rushkoff, Get Back in the Box: Innovation from the Inside Out
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