I’m finding more and more people are not using the internet’s new technologies.
After reading this post, leave a comment on some of the new technologies being used that are not listed or how you use the internet.
The internet today has evolved as a daily tool for most people. For the people still using the internet for surfing and email, they will be technically and socially left behind. When you hear the tidbits of how people are using the internet (Web 1.0, 2.0 3.0), they often go in one ear and out the other. Stop. Listen. You are going to fall behind if you don’t.
Classes for colleges are going on line for free. You may not get a certificate or diploma, but you will gain the knowledge. With Creative Commons, information from classes can be shared. Universities such as Stanford and MIT are sharing their classes on line. (Lifehacker has information here.)
Twitter is used by millions of people. Not a handful, millions. Twitter is a small login that allows a user to do an instant update (of what is going on) that is pushed out to websites, blogs, PDAs and to cell phones. These updates are called tweets. Some universities, colleges and government organizations use twitter to notify their ’followers’. It is a form of communication that is becoming a part of everyday life. Every day.
Feeds are the XML ‘summary’ of websites or blogs. Because blogs and some websites are updated so frequently, the Feed allows you to do a quick glance of changes made to a website.
Blogs are the mini postings to a website that allow users to make updates on a million topics. Blogs can be shared by a group of people that are allowed to make changes to a site.
Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn, Namyz and other social sites. When I was a child, girls kept diaries and some guys kept journals. Today we have these journals on the web. They are snapshots of our life. Each of these sites has millions of visitors that update their profiles – most of them daily. A misconception about these sites is people cannot make their profile private. Although most users do not make their profiles private, often the ‘dirty laundry’ is made public. This action has caused a negative view on the purpose of these sites. Overall, social sites are a great communications and ‘networking’ tool.
Flickr, Picasaand other photo sharing sites is used to share a user’s pictures. This tool can also can be public or private experience. Instead of emailing a dozen people and uploading a ton of pictures, the pictures can be shared with friends and left in place. If you bump into that friend you failed to email, you can simply give or email them with the url of your pictures.
A study was recently done on Wikipedia that said the quality exceeded many reference books. If you have never posted to Wikipedia, you won’t know what I’m talking about. Of course people will post false information – but it is eventually found and weeded out. In the ‘old’ school days, you had to wait a year or two before encyclopedias were updated. Now, events are updated as people post this information to the web and it is verified.
All of these technologies can be used in unison with one another. Social sites can have blogs and be linked to twitter, have feeds and photo sharing sites. While this is just a quick and dirty list of what’s on the web, you can’t imagine how communications is going to change.
With all of these communication tools, TarPipe is a tool that updates most (if not all) of these sites.
So get with it. You can’t just surf the web anymore and not wonder what other people are doing. It’s not just a trend. It’s the internet. It’s changing and so should you. These are just a few of the technologies available.