- www.youtube.com - upload videos and viewers will comment on it and post it to other websites
- www.myspace.com and www.facebook.com - social networking sites where you can chat, share music and photos, and find friends with similar interests
- blogs such as those on www.Blogger.com and www.Wordpress.com, etc - chronological websites or online journals that are open to readers worldwide, and any reader can comment on what you write.
- photo sharing sites like www.flickr.com, www.picasa.com, and www.photobucket.com - upload your pictures for everyone to see, comment on, and share with others
- del.icio.us - a place to upload all your internet bookmarks online. You can see how many other people have bookmarked a particular site, you can browse bookmarks of other Delicious users to find other things that may be of interest to you, and meet new people who share similar interests.
- www.digg.com - submit interesting websites, news items, photos, blog posts, etc, and other digg users will vote based on whether they dig it or not. Submitted items that get a lot of "diggs" (positive votes) rise to the top of the digg.com page which increases visibility of that item. Things that are "buried" (negative votes) sink to the bottom rank and fade away until they're forgotten. It's a great place to find interesting stories, recipes, etc. Creating interesting content and submitting it to digg is also a great way to increase traffic to one's website.
- Blog networks such as www.mybloglog.com, www.fuelmyblog.com, and www.blogcatalog.com - submit your blog(s) and readers looking for your topics will read from these clearing house websites. Members who join networks based on topic will get more traffic to their blogs, as well as see what other blogs their friends read, what social networks their friends belong to, etc. It's a huge social network where you can meet people and find out who they're friends with and what they and their friends are interested - and expand your own network.
- www.twitter.com - I'm still learning about this one, since my phone isn't cooperating. You can send text messages from your cell phone to this website and instantly interact and chat with other "tweeters" (twitter users.) You can text a question and receive responses from other tweeters instantly.
- www.linkedin.com - post your background, resume, and people in your network in order to network with others. Many people have found employees and/or received job offers through linkedin.
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
So then, where is Web 2.0 and how do I find it?
Last week I explained what Web 2.0 is all about. To fully understand Web 2.0, here are some well-known websites that embrace it: