11 September 2009

Web 2.0 In A Nutshell

The In A Nutshell presentation held at Tuggeranong Library yesterday introduced participants to the basics of four web 2.0 tools. If you'd like to explore them yourself, here are a few links - the best way to learn more is to simply start exploring.

You Tube (www.youtube.com) is a video sharing web site. Videos available include everything from 30 second amateur videos taken on a mobile phone, to ten minute instructional videos that will teach you how to cook, as well as television teasers, and political platform speeches. Search the site using key words and you will probably find something of interest.

Flickr (www.flickr.com) works in a similar way to You Tube but allows you to share your photos with family, friends and the whole world. If you want to, you can choose to make the photos available only to those people who you invite to see them. Click here to visit the ACT Public Library's Flickr photostream.

Twitter (www.twitter.com) is described as a microblogging site. That means you can share messages, comments, questions with people who are your "followers", and you can fidn out what people you are "following" are doing and thinking. Don't know where to start? Have a look at the Twitter pages for Stephen Fry, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, 666Canberra, Cricket Australia or the National Library of Australia.

Facebook (www.facebook.com) is a social networking tool which enables you to share information, photos, and videos with friends (i.e. people who you accept as online "friends"). You can also play games, take quizes, promote causes, find events, and lots more - all in the online environment. Try doing a google search for the Facebook pages of some famous people like the Prime Minister.