Web 2.0 provides a very useful set of tools that makes interaction with technology all that easier. Many of these tools are used by people on a day to day basis, without them even realizing the benefits they offer. Personally I am somewhat behind the ‘curve’ when it comes to web 2.0 tools as I generally tend to stick to the same technologies that help me perform my daily activities. This means that I rarely experiment and trial new methods of networking and communication.
Web 2.0 Tool (1) – Facebook
Web 2.0 tools play a huge part in my everyday activities, and help me in a range of areas from university work to organizing my social lifestyle. One major tool is so widely recognized that even businesses and corporations use the technology to advertise their products and broaden their target audience. This tool is known as Facebook. Facebook is a huge part of my life, and i’m sure I can’t miss much when I say it’s a huge part of a many people lives. Facebook in my opinion is an all-in-one networking, communication and collaboration tool that is constantly adapting and changing to suit the growing needs of its users.
Facebook helps me to stay in contact with many of my friends as well as plan, and organize social events using the in-built event planner. Groups within Facebook allow you to create network of specific people which compliments my study habits as a collaborative environment to share ideas and comment on work topics. Overall Facebook is a great tool that semi manages my entire social life and helps me to better understand my university studies with my peers. However be careful, as Facebook can be very distracting when actual work needs to be done!
Facebook gets my thumbs up of approval!
Web 2.0 Tool (2) – Google Drive
Another useful web 2.0 tool that I commonly use is Google Drive. While this technology is more commonly known as a cloud storage service, Google Drive also offers a wiki type document service that allows you to share your online files with others, and simultaneously edit them! How cool is that? It’s like working face to face but potentially being on other sides of the globe!
As you can imagine, this service unlocks a huge amount of potential when working within groups, not matter how large or small. This web 2.0 service really aids my university studies by ensuring my work is always update to date, and with mobile platform support, always available on the go. No more excuses about leaving your final work at home, with Google Drive, your work is everywhere and anywhere.
Google Drive is also very flexible with its documents by providing support for text, presentation, spreadsheet (Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel equivalents) form and drawing file types. This gives you almost unlimited uses for this service, and best of all its free! (upto 15Gb of storage)
In an attempt to expand my IT knowledge and get more ahead of the web 2.0 ‘curve’, I have decided to try my efforts into the use of RSS feeds. I could see how this tool would be very useful by allowing you to stay updated of your favorite content without actually having to visit each site individually.
My preference has always been about having the information ready and easily accessible, therefore the idea of a desktop RSS widget would suit me perfectly. By following the the tutorial over at HowToGeek I managed to integrate feeds from TechCrunch, Facebook, and News.com.au. Overall I think the RSS desktop feed saved me a decent amount of time. I could see all my recent notifications and any news that interested me in the blink of an eye.
I leave you with an interesting article by Wired that really gets me excited about transport of the future. Thanks for tuning in, hope to see you next week.