Team 2

Team 2: Lindsay & Bill

Tools of Web 2.0- tags, widgets, and virtual hypertext

Tags

What is it?

A tag is a keyword or term which can be associated with or assigned to a piece of information (meta data). It allows for a collaborative labeling system on which you to categorize online content. Tags are typically used for resources such as computer files, web pages, digital images, and internet bookmarks.
http://www.techsoup.org/toolkits/web2/

What it does?

It allows a person to organize their personal information on their computer using easy categories. You can “tag” a picture with several words (categories) such as name, location, ect. Then if someone is sorting on that word that picture will come up.

Examples

Tags can be used for your photos, web pages, favorite links. They are used by Gmail, Flickr, and del.icio.us.

Widgets

What is it?

Embeddable chunks of code have existed since the start of the World Wide Web. Web developers have long sought and used third party code chunks in their pages. It could be said that the original web widgets were the link counters and advertising banners that grew up alongside the early web. Later, ad and affiliate networks used code widgets for distribution purposes.
A widget is anything that can be embedded within a page of HTML, i.e. a web page. A widget adds some content to that page that is not static. Generally widgets are third party originated, though they can be home made. Widgets are also known as modules, snippets, and plug-ins. They are applications can be integrated within a third party website by the placement of a small snippet of code.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Web_widge

What it does?

Widgets are code that brings in ‘live’ content – advertisements, links, images – from a third party site without the web site owner having to update. They are used by bloggers, social network users, auction sites and owners of personal web sites to enhance their personal web experiences, or the web experiences of visitors to their personal sites.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Web_widge

Examples

Widgets are found on igoggle, netvibes, and the ”secret crush” widget used by facebook (used to install Zango malware). Great site to check out widgets. http://www.widgetbox.com

Virtual hypertext

What is it?

A hypertext link that is created by software on the fly by matching a word or phrase to an existing list. It allows visitors to a blog or web site to get information by double clicking on any word in the document, without opening a new browser or following outbound links.

What it does?

It can deliver instant definitions, explanations and facts including biographies, tech terms, geography, advertising, pop culture and much more. It eliminates the need to predefine links in the text and avoids overlinking (the excessive use of hypertext links on a Web pages that distract the reader).
http://www.techweb.com/encyclopedia/defineterm.jhtml?term=virtualhypertext

Examples

Virtual hypertext is used by Answer tips (http://www.answers.com/topic/answertips), LinkBarton (http://www.openly.com/pr/pr8.html), and in geospatial information services (http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/Xplore/login.jsp?url=/iel5/10080/32313/01508315.pdf?arnumber=1508315)

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