Archive for the ‘Web2.0’ Category

Welcome to Web 2.0

April 6, 2006

Well, the cat is out of the bag. The popular media is now raving about "Web 2.0". Check out Newsweek, New York Times, and Slate, among others. So we might as well talk about what Web 2.0 is.

There are hundreds of definitions for Web 2.0 floating around as people try to put all of the new tools and trends into a simple definition, but I think the most concise way to define it is: "Web 2.0 is a user-centered internet". While Web 1.0 was about users pulling data from huge data sources, such as CNN, NYTimes, and even Google, Web 2.0 is about users getting data from users. In Web 1.0 we had content providers and users, in Web 2.0 there are only users. The users provide the content to themselves.

The types of tools that are making this happen include blogs, wikis, bookmark sharing, and social networking sites. These provide easy tools for anyone to easily provide web content in a well-structured way.

While some people dislike the term "Web 2.0", there doesn't seem to be any other phrase that has captured this new internet dynamic.

Web 2.0 tools are even making their way into the workplace. Web 2.0 provides easy tools for workers to organize their own work, share insights with, and gain feedback from their colleagues. In fact, 287's own Troy Kruger has his own blog about Assistive Technology at http://techbytroy.blogspot.com. So I think you'll be seing much more of Web 2.0 soon!

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Using blogs to keep users informed

April 3, 2006

I've been trying to find a way to keep people informed of the work I am doing. For now the "wordpress" blog tool seems to fill the need. With it, I can

  • Inform people of long-term projects I am working on by sorting them into categories.
  • Publish my "schooldude" workorders using a TaDa list.
  • Keep people informed of relevant bookmarks by using a del.icio.us RSS.

If I want to, I can publish a daily post of my daily schedule, but I don't know if that much detail makes sense yet.

Things I hope to add include a "tip of the day" category, but I might wait to see how much that overlaps with our new TrackIT knowledge base.

For now, it seems to be working pretty well.