I have learnt many lessons this week in the world of web 2.0 and officially believe with the tools I have tried out and researched (with particular thanks to Jason for showing us Common Craft), that I can be more productive with my uni work, work work and even social activities as a result.
First of all I wanted to have a clear definition in my mind of what exactly web 2.0 is. Some common trends that I came across that I think demonstrate the capabilities of web 2.0 are; user involvement, online networking, creativity and online collaboration. Overall I think this is well summarised by Han (2007, p. 18) who states “Web 2.0 is…a set of technologies that is helping to revolutionise how we use the web… through interaction and collaboration…”
As I mentioned I signed up to several platforms this week to broaden my experiences in web 2.0 and was particularly impressed with what I learnt in terms of my productivity with the following tools.
RSS or Really Simple Syndication was my first stop on my web 2.0 learning journey, an icon that I was familiar with from seeing it on many websites already but have always ignored it. Now, through my Feedspot, each morning when I wake up to read my favourite news sites, blogs (which I am now avidly reading) and youtube channels with the power of RSS all the information is sent to me in one easy location. I estimate that saves me approximately three minutes a day from flicking between websites, which is about 18 or so hours a year. That means I now have more time to watch videos that are sent to me like this one…
…and if that isn’t being more productive then what is?
Twitter for Business. After just rejoining twitter with a personal account, I haven’t known much about its ability to assist in productivity other than for finding out what celebrities are up to or thinking. But now, I have the mindset that twitter is an essential tool for a businesses productivity and thus mine as I could apply this in my workplace. Essentially twitter allows for instant (and obviously time saving) advice, feedback and ideas from stakeholders, not to mention through using the hashtag function the amount of knowledge and information available on a topic or about an organisation is astounding. The collaboration on twitter is easy and has to be summarised in 140 characters or less, which helps to avoid information overload in my opinion. I’ll definitely be taking these potential benefits with me and presenting them to my boss at work.
So what else did I learn this week outside the world of web 2.0? That there are people in the world that enjoy coca cola raisins.
That’s right folks at your local supermarkets you can now purchase these ‘delicious’ snacks, so if this sounds like you and I just opened your eyes to this product then that’s the power of web 2.0 right there!
If you have any suggestions for great web 2.0 tools I should try please leave me a comment or suggestion and I will try to do the same for you.
Han, S. (2011). Web 2.0 [EBL Version]. Retrieved from http://bit.ly/16IyECe