Web 2.0 – a curiosity

The way in which we use the web is changing dramatically. Once a place to ‘go and get’ information, the web has become a base for self-generated, self-published content.  On March 20th, the College of New Caledonia where I teach is holding a form to discuss these changes and what we can expect from the web in the future. Web 2.0 and Beyond will have a panel of guests whose experience will bring a very different angle to web-based social networks. Kate McCabe, Eric Karjuloto, and Heather Smith will face off on a variety of topics. I am hoping they will discuss the very interesting notions taxonomies, specifically of folksonomy, defined by www.thewebworks.bc.ca as

“an Internet-based information retrieval methodology consisting of collaboratively generated, open-ended labels that categorize content …” for example, tags, tag clouds.

As more and more information is used and stored by more individuals, methods of finding and managing that information need to be developed. Additionally, users are wanting to access their stored information from more that one device, cell phones, and ipod’s being two examples of that. There are a lot of questions that come to mind about storing and retrieving huge amounts of information. The first one is

why‘ do humans feel compelled to do this?

How often is the stored information accessed by the collector? Or is the purpose to have others access the collection?

I’m sure you have all experienced or contributed to the passing on of jokes, photographs and urban legends through email. I am not fond of receiving information this way, especially since I did not solicite it in the first place, so my question again is why do people search for and send information to their online friends?

In a post from graphpaper.com , Christopher Fahey states:

“People are actually doing (free!) work for other people, adding metadata to information where the information’s “owner” could have done that work. The brilliant thing about folksonomies is that internet users have shown themselves time and time again to be remarkably willing to do their part to help the greater good, even if it means doing labor that happens to bring financial benefit to someone else.”

It is a curious thing, a compulsion, an attempt to advance one’s position in life. Interesting.

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3 Responses to Web 2.0 – a curiosity

  1. Sirdar says:

    I think people send that stuff to other just to keep in touch. One thing the web has done is made many relationships electronic.

    Look forward to your assessment of the conference.

  2. stewie says:

    I think it’s because humans inherently want to make a difference. However we have educated all our lives that the worst thing we can do is make a mistake. So in everyday physical life people shy away from situations because of fear. On the internet their fear is reduced by a feeling of anonymity and we see people reaching out to help in an online way. Getting little or no recognition from people they don’t really know, yet filling that void of wanting to make a difference.

  3. Dawn says:

    I think it stems from people wanting to make a difference, as Stewie stays, but also for people’s desire to live forever. If a part of you is left behind, you have made a difference, you are important, and you will be remembered when you are gone. When you impact someone’s life in whatever medium is current, you are important. People need to feel valued to something or someone. It is human nature, and with computers it is the way people communicate as well as giving people a sense of value by sharing of knowledge.

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