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Thing 15: Photos & Images

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Flickr, Picasa, Photobucket, ImgShack. What they offer is essentially an online photo album.  Sort of.  You get X amount of space for free, you can set privacy settings on picture/albums/folders, and some of the sites are very “social” — allowing you to do things such as comment, tag, share, etc.  Web 2.0 is about the […]

Thing 14: Awareness Tools

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Let’s face it, there are a lot of websites out there on the internet.  There are also a lot of news sites.  There are traditional news sites like CNN, ABC, NBC, and MSNBC.  Then there are the millions of blogs out there, which can be personal blogs authored by one person, or blogs run by […]

Thing 13: Forums & Web Boards

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I’ve used forums before, and I’m pretty familiar with how they work.  phpBB, vBulletin, it’s all fairly simple.  Log in, find a thread, read, reply.  There are forums out there for any and every subject you could think of.  With a quick Google search I was able to find a forum directory–Forum Finder–that seems to […]

Thing 11: RSS

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It’s Really Simple RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication.  It’s a way for websites like blogs to offer their content in a syndicated fashion for anyone to use as they wish.  Generally, the purpose of an RSS feed (the RSS output from a site) is used in some sort of aggregator or “reader” program/website.  The […]

Thing 10: Social Bookmarking & Tagging

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Social Bookmarking Social bookmarking is a pretty interesting idea.  Share your common thoughts, interests, fascinations, and discoveries — not through discussion, but through bookmarks.  Tag your bookmarks with appropriate terms, search for bookmarks other people have found interesting enough to add to their collections.  Through services like Delicious it’s really easy to both share and […]

Thing 9: Videos

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YouTube It would be hard to imagine the Internet without it.  Its crazy to think that ten years ago a website that does two things — accept user videos, and let anyone watch them, would be an outlandish idea.  Bandwidth is the key, really, and luckily we’re not on dial up anymore. YouTube just turned […]

Definition of podcast on the Web: distribute (multimedia files) over the internet for playback on a mobile device or a personal computer wordnetweb.princeton.edu/perl/webwn Podcasts are an interesting phenomena; imagine a boy on a bicycle throwing one onto your front step in the early morning hours, but it’s not a newspaper — it’s audio (or even video). […]

Thing 7: Virtual Worlds

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Virtual Worlds. Ooohhhh, ahhhhh! I understand the fascination.  Doing whatever you want, with whoever you want, as you act however you want, and effectively “become” whoever you want.  Everyone needs an escape, thats pretty reasonable to me.  I guess I just underestimate peoples’ imaginations. Second Life is a cool idea, at heart.  You get to […]

Thing 4: Wikis

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Hands-On Exploring Wikipedia Described right on Wikipedia’s very own Wikipedia entry on itself, Wikipedia is a free, web-based, collaborative, multilingual encyclopedia project.  Wikipedia is built on the MediaWiki open source wiki software platform, designed to be easily editable so that anyone can contribute to the wiki.  MediaWiki, like most wiki software, abstracts the HTML coding […]

Thing 3: Social Networking

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Social Networking Social networks are quite the thing in today’s world.  Most people now are familiar with the subject, and most people use at least one of them.  More than 400 million people actively use Facebook, according to statistics found on the site.  With that many users, the sheer amount of information stored on Facebook […]

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