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How Web 2.0 is Changing the Way we Communicate

Posted on: October 29, 2009

How Web 2.0 is Changing the Way we Communicate


How Web 2.0 is Changing the Way we Communicate

This is what I’ve been finding in my research – what do you think? Anything missing?


7 Responses to "How Web 2.0 is Changing the Way we Communicate"

One of the issues is that the nature of relationship changes because of Web2.

Many more weak connections. And some channels foster that more than others – for instance chances are you don’t care who reads you tweets, less likely that applies to IM or email.

Could almost draw a different map for different relationship levels or layer maps on top of each other based on personal connection. ie search may be ubiquitous but it is also totally impersonal.

Digg etal leverage reputation as a proxy for an actual relationship to increase confidence – and make search somewhat personal.

Even tools like event organizing, where one assumes some interrelationship between participants, is as much about leveraging weak links (the promotional aspect in most) as it is about ensuring people with common connection and interest physically and temporally connect.

Hmm yeah it’s definitely an oversimplification. I guess one of the things that’s missing is serendipitous connections. “Find new stuff” and “find opinion” partly covers it but it’s much more than that…

The diagram is interesting, but it is not really clear from it what the “change” or “changes” really are. It seems static.

It also seems to define three main corners/services of the internet as “e-mail, search and blogs” I doubt many people would see it that way.

Well there are arrows… I was going to animate it but I’m not that great in flash. It’s more about how the potential to do these things has evolved. I.e. not that long ago search might have been the only way to find new stuff but now it can come to you through Twitter or Digg etc. Maybe I should add “News”… but I worry it will become too complicated and crowded. What else do you think is missing?

hmmmm…forum sites come to mind off the top of my head. You can find a forum site for virtually any topic. Definitely a big communication means for discussions. Wiki sites…though those seem slightly less of a big thing than they were a few years back. You could argue google docs is really an advanced wiki.

It is tricky too because you have mixed particular services (ie facebook) with classes of services like e-mail.

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Right, that’s why the groups are a different color (and bigger) than the services.

Wiki’s are a good one though, I may add that.

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