Web 2.0 Tools

What is web 2.0?

Web 2.0, a phrase coined by O’Reilly Media in 2004, refers to a perceived or proposed second generation of Internet-based services — such as social networking sites, wikis, communication tools, and folksonomies — that emphasize online collaboration and sharing among users. O’Reilly Media, in collaboration with MediaLive International, used the phrase as a title for a series of conferences, and since 2004 some technicians and marketers have adopted the phrase. Its exact meaning remains open to debate, and some experts, notably Tim Berners Lee, have questioned whether the term has meaning.

blogger.com

  • A blog is your easy-to-use web site, where you can quickly post thoughts, interact with people, and more.  All for free.

del.icio.us

  • Is a social bookmarking website.  The primary use of del.icio.us is to store your bookmarks online, which allows you to access the same bookmarks from any computer and add bookmarks from anywhere, too.  On del.icio.us, you can use tags to organize and remember your bookmarks, which is a much more flexible system than folders.

photobucket

  • Photobucket provides free video and photo sharing.  Easily host and link your images and videos to social networks, auction sites, blogs, and message boards.  Photobucket is reliable and very easy to use.

youtube

  • YouTube is a place for people to engage in new ways with video by sharing, commenting on, and viewing videos.  YouTube originally started as a personal video sharing service, and has grown into an entertainment destination with people watching more than 70 million videos on the site daily.

flickr

  • Allows you to store, search, sort and share your photos.

pageflakes

  • Pageflakes is your personalized startpage on the Internet. Your address book, local weather information, to-do-list, news, blogs and much more – all on one page that you can access from anywhere.

Google Docs and Spreadsheets

  • Google Docs & Spreadsheets is a free web-based word processing and spreadsheet program that keeps documents current and lets the people you choose update files from their own computers. You can, for example, coordinate your student group’s homework assignments, access your family to-do list from work or home, or collaborate with remote colleagues on a new business plan.

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