The advent of the consumer internet began in the mid-1990’s allowing consumers, businesses and institutions come together in a common geograpically diverse dimension. Sounds heavy – but it connected people with ideas, products and information like never before. For many of us it began while we used email, connected with our bank and looked at images from a thing called a web page. In fifteen years we come a long way.
Today there is talk about this Web 2.0 or the web version 2. Today connections or weavings of lifestyles occur in and out of the internet. Many of our jobs have become knowledge workers – who find, use and produce information that enable others to work, improve and build upon these ideas to refine and form new conclusions. The recording of new information and original thought is the basis of this second version of the web.
What Are the Tools
Fundamentally there are a few problems that exist in this new world. I am not the first who recognizes with such numerous sources of information it is inevitable and information overload develops. There is also an inability to recognize valid versus erroneous sources of real information. Fortunately there are tools to help us decipher valid information and pick from the best sources – tools of the trade you might call them. Just as there are tools for digging a ditch or playing a game of rugby there are tools for the web as well.
Information aggregators pull data together and filters separate the creme. In upcoming posts I’ll examine and share experiences I have had over the past several months uisng, testing or discounting a number of tools including MySpace, FaceBook, StumbleUpon, Flixster (thanks Z!), Friendster, LinkedIn, etc. Each of these represent the social component of bringing like-minded people together. On the other hand there are tools that filter information such as RSS, XML (mainly protocols) and search engines that find relevant information or the creme.