Web 2.0 is becoming quite the new buzz word for the changing Internet. These two texts (via elearnspace) offer a nice introduction to the topic for understanding what it means for the Internet in general and for the future of elearning.
CFP: Computers and Writing Online 2005
When Content Is No Longer King: Social Networking, Community, and Collaboration
David Reed explains that in the early stages of a network's formation and growth, that “content is king,” that there are a “a small number of sources (publishers or makers) of content that every user selects from" (qtd in Rheingold Smart Mobs 61). As the network scales, “group-forming networks” occur, and the value of the network increases exponentially in relationship of the number of users, otherwise known as Reed's Law, privileging the social interaction over content.
We can see this change in network valuation in today's Internet. The increased valuing of social interaction in large scale networks is reflected in the new technologies that place emphasis on social communication and community over content. These technologies, often dubbed “social software” are applications that, as Clay Shirky explains, “support group interaction.”
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Via elearnspace I encountered Christopher Allen's Tracing the Evolution of Social Software on his blog, Life With Alacrity. Allen begins with Vannevar Bush's Memex and traces ideas about the use of computers for collaboration and to facilitate group interaction, and it's eventual growth into the term social software.
Tom Coates of plasticbag.org has started a new weblog on community moderation called Everything in Moderation. Great stuff already. Already added it to my news aggregator.
- The ability to set expiration times on the nodes (otherwise, the database would quickly grow out of control if all items in RSS feeds were permanently added).
- An option to allow commenting on specific feed items.
- Categorization of feeds using the taxomony system.
- And most important, the option of having a specific feed promoted to the front page, giving Kairosnews the ability to be a blog hub.