Monday, September 22, 2008

# 23 Web 2.0 Journey

Wow, I have finished all the exercises, can’t believe it! 
My experience about the programme Web 2.0 through 23 things was very interesting. I know there was a time where I was so frustrated that I decided to discontinue the programme. But with the inspiration from my colleges I started again.
I have explored and discovered so many new things which I would have never known. I enjoyed the Generators, Flickr, Zoho writer, Youtube. I will go back and use them at some stage.

Big Thanks to the Web team for their hard work patience.

Friday, September 19, 2008

# 22 Social networking

As I said in Exercise #21,This type of social networking is targeting only certain group of people.
Auckland City Library and Rotorua Library have adapted to sending out information to certain sections of society. Good to be with the fast growing technology.
I had a looked at couple of the American Libraries sites. Some are really attractive and impressive videos and links.

# 21 Bebo, MySpace and FaceBook

I have looked at these three sites. But I do not want to join any one of it. Amongst three I liked the Facebook the most. Most of the kid are familiar with bebo and facebook. I always think, how freely people add their personal details on web. It worries me a lot. I know that you can lock you profile but still….. I also looked the Rotorua Public Library’s Bebo page, very interesting.
One artical published in one of the UK's news paper "How Facebook, Bebo & Myspace can ruin your life"

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

#20 e-books

Well, I don’t think this was actually hard to find. I remember downloading e-book in past. I explored Google book search and looked some of the random subjects and found some very interesting books. The other feature on Google book search is that you can download book in different languages, which is great.

However, reading on computer is not my choice. I would not prefer to read whole book on the screen, browsing is ok.

Monday, September 15, 2008

#19 Podcast

I know ipod but never used Podcast before.
A podcast is a feed used to distribute serial audio or video content, such as a weekly music show or video program. Like blogs, podcasts have many different formats and topics, from talk shows to cooking etc.........

I had a look some. I think I need lot of time to have a look each and every directory. I like the Yahoo audio search. Its simple and clear.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

# 18 YouTube

I have used YouTube in past I know its fun and I can spend hours on it. Some of the video clips are really informative and really useful. I so some Library and Librarian related video clips.

However, I can see the benefits of YouTube for public libraries. A guided tour pointing out where our collections are housed. Some events (Author talk) held in the libray can be on YouTube.

I like this video clip.... have a look

Monday, September 1, 2008

#17 Web 2.0 awards list

After looking so many sites I have decided to explore Maps
Goolge Maps was awarded first in searching maps. The web's leading mapping application, Google maps is more than just lines on the screen. With Street View, Aerial View, advanced directions and integration with Local Search, Google Maps leads the mapping field.
Live search Maps awarded second - Live Maps, by Microsoft, include directions and other regular mapping functions, but its really neat feature is "bird's eye view," where you can see a cityscape or terrain as though you were on an airplane, flying above.
Google Earth awarded Third - Fly around the world with Google's amazing maps and information mash up. View pictures, attractions and local venues, and keep up to date with the ever-improving technology of Google Earth.

I tried using all these three maps. I like the Google earth the most, it shows 3d images. I can spend hours on this web site.