Who would have known?
About a decade ago, it would have been thought as impossible to bring together a glimpse of different websites on one page but what do we have today, a total possibility of several websites reflecting on a page. Who would have thought that it would be possible to have a taste of all one’s favourite websites on a page?!
Web 2.0 which falls in the “User-generated content stage” has brought to live this possibility. It is an exciting new era where many pages of interest have been placed in one place for an individual to view at a glance. Websites like Facebook, Flickr, Twitter, LinkedIn and many more could all be brought together to reflect a person’s interest. No longer does one have to necessarily open several tabs on a web browser just for a glimpse of each of their favourite websites, all the contents from these websites can now be re-directed into a single page.
For the audience, I must confess that I also wondered how bloggers brought together different contents of interest for their followers but thanks to David Kreps I am now in the light. I had a session of workshop, where he took the class one step at a time revealing the secrets behind the scene. This I must mention was really intriguing!
Before we began the practical part of the workshop, David mentioned that it was really important to work with a web browser that enabled one to open several tabs as we were going to need many. We then continued in the session by starting with the familiar – logging into our different email accounts on one tab. Moving on to the next tab, we were asked to go to “Delicious” and then create accounts. Thereafter, he asked us to open another tab for “the Guardian newspaper” where we were to select an article of interest to share on the “delicious” account we just created. This process was to show that we could link one website to another.
We then opened another tab on the web browser for “LinkedIn“, a social networking site for professionals and we again created accounts. Thereafter opening another tab for “Techcrunch“, selecting an article and sharing via LinkedIn. This was to show again that two websites can be linked!
We moved on to open another tab for “Flickr” and simply logged in with our email accounts. David asked us to create an account on “Flickr” and when we were done, he asked us to upload a picture choosing any from the internet.
Each stage was very amazing and we were able to see how different websites could be linked to one another. I am sure you may be wondering if these tabs have come to an end and my answer would be no! Do not get discouraged for we went on to open the last on the web browser.
For this last tab, David asked us to open “WordPress” and as usual create accounts. This was where we discovered the beauty of several websites coming together on a page at a glance. We were asked to play around with the different packages “wordpress” had hidden in it – like bringing in our “Flickr”, “Twitter”, pages from “Facebook” and so on.
The workshop ended with an atmosphere of excitement leaving every single member of the class itching to dig into the new treasure they had found in the world of Web 2.0.
At this very moment as I write to you, I am still yet to discover up to half of what this new world has to offer! All I can say for sure, is that I am enjoying every moment of my discovery.