We had our second-ever meeting of this group at the Bayer Center’s office in the Regional Enterprise Tower. A lively and interesting discussion of Web 2.0 and social networking ensued!
Web 2.0 Tools and Resources
- Facebook – www.facebook.com
- YouTube – www.youtube.com
- MySpace – www.myspace.com
- Blogging – www.blogger.com, www.wordpress.com (note – there are many, many blogging tools out there, try Googling the word ‘blogging tools’)
- JuicyCampus – www.juicycampus.com (not a ‘nice’ site – it’s an example of negative social networking)
- SocialEdge – www.socialedge.com
- Ravelry.com – www.ravelry.com (a fine example of social networking)
- Ruby on Rails – www.rubyonrails.com (the web dev platform that Ravelry.com uses)
Other Commentary on Web 2.0
- It can be scary. Social networking means a certain amount of loss of control over your site’s content and usage.
- Behavioral standards should be enforced – social interaction is social interaction, whether its in person or online. Online interactions should not be treated any differently.
- If you want to maintain behavioral standards on a social networking site, you must spell those out on some kind of obvious community standards/guidelines document or page. One cannot assume that people automatically know how to behave themselves online. Setting standards and (enumerating penalties for violations) also gives you some legal backing for enforcement actions. (Even better if you make people read and check a box to agree to standards when they sign up for their accounts.)
- Our next meeting is December 4 at the Bayer Center office on the 26th Floor of the Regional Enterprise Tower. If anyone has any topic suggestions or any issues you’d like to discuss at the meeting, please email them to me at email@example.com. The meeting is, as usual, from 8 am – 9:30 am.