For the first ten years or so the Internet was like a library where the books are web sites. You could mostly just write and read books or, in other words, view and create websites. In the last 5-6 years, however, the internet has become more like a café where you can not only write and read books but you can write in other people’s books, improve them and rate them while having a conversation about them with other people in the café. 80% of learning is informal and takes places on the job. Web 2.0 can help facilitate that learning. [Read second bullet] As an example, I borrowed most of the Web 2.0 definition in italics from Wikipedia. [NEXT SLIDE]
[link http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Web_2.0 ] Most of you have probably heard of wikipedia: it’s a collaborative online encyclopedia where anyone can create or modify articles, and one example of Web 2-0. I created an entry back in 2005 on Yoseikan Budo – the martial art I practice. Since then, dozens of people have edited the article to make it more complete and accurate. Wikis are an excellent way to collaborate on content in the form of one or more web pages that multiple people are working on. [NEXT SLIDE]
Wikis use change control to allow you to see the changes made to a page. Q: Here’s a question for those of you in the chat room - How do or have we use wikis within Perot or at a client site? [NEXT SLIDE]
http://blog.searchenginewatch.com/090408-122803 – twitter stats http://twistori.com/#i_believe – twitter story http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/06/12/dell-has-earned-3-million-from-twitter/ - Dell uses twitter - http://www.dell.com/twitter I think most people don’t ‘get’ micro-blogging at first. I know I didn’t, and I still don’t post updates often. But corporations, including our customers, are using twitter to deliver better customer service. A June blog in the New York Times reported that Dell has made $3 million in sales via twitter. They use twitter to send coupons, post updates on new products, and provide useful information to the twitter community.
Dell has dozens of twitter accounts but one I thought was interesting is Digital Nomads, which posts updates for individuals that travel with their laptop. Notice on this screenshot that I took from twitter on the bottom right there’s a button that says RSS feed. This stands for Really Simple Syndication, which are Web feed formats used to publish frequently updated works—such as blog entries, news headlines, audio, and video—in a standardized format. It’s an easy way to keep track of content from multiple sources in one place.
There are multiple RSS readers available from yahoo or Google for example. This is a screenshot of my Google reader. Whenever I subscribe to an RSS feed, it will show up under my subscriptions. By clicking a blog on the bottom left I can see snippets of the latest posts and read whatever catches my interest. You can also subscribe to specific RSS feeds via Outlook by clicking the RSS Feeds mailbox folder. That content will then be delivered to your inbox. Poll 3: Let’s move on to our next polling question: Do you have a profile on LinkedIn, Facebook, or other Social Networking site? [NEXT SLIDE AFTER POLL]
Open state of the nation blog stats: http://www.sifry.com/alerts/archives/000493.html There’s a blog for just about everything. According to the best selling author Seth Godin, who’s written a guide to blogs and the new Web, there are three kinds of blogs: one is a cat blog which is basically a (mostly public) personal diary. I have a blog that I update with just my work activities so I have a record of what I worked on and don’t forget specifics of a project that happened in the past, but it’s private so only I can view it. The second is a boss blog, which are used to communicate to a defined set of people. Two examples are John King’s blog, which updates Perot employees on his activities, and my mom started a blog to update her family and close friends when she was going through cancer recently. The third type of blog is a Viral blog the purpose of which is to spread the ideas of the writer. There may be a number of reasons to do this: to get consulting work, build thought leadership, or to find new customers for example. (There’s a link to his ebook, Who’s There? – a guide to blogs and the new Web – in the appendix).