23 things: Part 9 – Web 2.0 sites and apps

Activity 9 – Web 2.0 sites


I visited Go2Web20.net to browse some of the latest Web 2.0 apps and websites. The site features hundreds of start-ups and well known social media websites that serve all manner of functions, from productivity to entertainment.

There are so many social media and app sites, it can be hard to keep track of them. Directories such as Go2Web20 make it easy to pick and choose apps and sites to try without needing to follow tech blogs and news.

Because this activity was about discovery, I decided to try a few of the applications featured on the site, rather than focus on a single one.

The following is an overview of the sites I explored.

FoodJournal: http://www.foodjournaling.com/

FoodJournal is a photoblogging site for people who want to watch what they eat. The idea behind the site is that those concerned with their diets are more likely to be aware of what they eat if they photograph it. The social aspect is meant to encourage a sense of solidarity among dieters. While not especially useful for instruction, I supervise a large team of undergrad girls at the circulation desk, all of whom are on diets and permanently attached to their smart phones. I think they will love this site.

Greplin: https://www.greplin.com/

Greplin ‘s creators call it “the search bar for your life”. Given the amount of information that most people post to the web, Greplin really is a search engine for your online life. The site allows registered users to search for information on the social networks and media sites that they regularly use. For instance, the site can search your Facebook, LinkedIn, and GoogleDocs accounts (and many more), indexing your online content and making it easy to retrieve.

Ubidesk: https://www.ubidesk.com/

Ubidesk is a subscription-based collaboration site that allows users to work on team projects on a cloud-based server. For users who cannot install and maintain a program such as Microsoft’s Sharepoint, Ubidesk may provide a powerful alternative. However, Ubidesk is not the only program that meets this need; users will need to compare and find the site that best fits their need.

Keepio: http://www.keepio.com

Keepio allows users to catalog their belongings, and provides the option for community members to trade and swap items. I was intrigued by the idea of keeping track of my belongings, it seems like a good way to have a record of your belongings for insurance purposes (or for the sake of curiosity).

Web 2.0 and ILI

While the individual sites that I explored proved to be more playful than productive, I did find the Go2Web20 directory useful. The growing popularity of social apps has led to the proliferation of sites such as the ones listed on Go2Web20. However, while not all sites succeed, a new one appears to pop up as soon as another disappears. This makes it difficult to keep track of the latest tech trend being used by web savvy patrons. Regularly browsing the sites listed on a Web 2.0 directory can make it easier for members of the library community to maintain a solid web presence and establish connections with patrons in an online environment. Meanwhile, productivity and collaboration sites can make the process of content publishing quick and efficient for instruction librarians.

23 things

One of my assignments for Information Literacy is to participate in the 23 Things Learning 2.0 project, an activity that was first started in 2007 and sought to educate librarians and other information professionals on the use of up and coming social media and Web 2.0 technologies. At first, I was a bit put out by the assignment because these are technologies that I have long been familiar with and use on a daily basis, but then I realized that the challenge for me is not learning how to use these things, but learning how they can be applied in an instructional setting. So begins my 23 things challenge.

I will be maintaining a reflection journal on my experiences as I complete the assignment and will be indexing my entries under a “23 things” tag.

For more information on the original 23 Things project, visit this link to view SLA’s 23 Things 2010 Wiki, or conduct a Google search for “23 things” (there will be plenty of hits).