Web 2.0 Assignments

Team 1

1. BLOG: definition - A blog (a portmanteau of web log) is a website where entries are commonly displayed in reverse chronological order. "Blog" can also be used as a verb, meaning to maintain or add content to a blog.

Many blogs provide commentary or news on a particular subject; others function as more personal online diaries. A typical blog combines text, images, and links to other blogs, web pages, and other media related to its topic. The ability for readers to leave comments in an interactive format is an important part of many blogs. Most blogs are primarily textual, although some focus on art (artlog), photographs (photoblog), sketchblog, videos (vlog), music (MP3 blog), audio (podcasting) are part of a wider network of social media. Micro-blogging is another type of blogging which consists of blogs with very short posts. As of December 2007, blog search engine Technorati was tracking more than 112 million blogs.

A great example of a blog is our professor's blog of his modest house being built. This is a nice simple blog at http://www.lauraslakelog.blogspot.com/…. it was just voted "Top ten Blog's on the internet." Good stuff

2. WIKI: definition- A wiki is software that allows users to create, edit, and link web pages easily. Wikis are often used to create collaborative websites and to power community websites. These wiki websites are often also referred to as wikis; for example, Wikipedia is one of the best known wikis.[1] Wikis are being installed by businesses to provide affordable and effective Intranets and for Knowledge Management. Ward Cunningham, developer of the first wiki, WikiWikiWeb, originally described it as "the simplest online database that could possibly work".

Wiki Wiki (/wiːkiː wiːkiː/) is a reduplication of wiki, a Hawaiian word for "fast". In English, "wiki" is an abbreviation of it. However, since its application to consumer generated media, some have suggested that wiki means What I Know Is; this seems to be just a pure backronym.

An easy example would be our class wiki that we are using right now…this also won an award for wiki of the year…how about that !!??

3. A.) SOCIAL BOOKMARKING: definition - Social bookmarking is a method for Internet users to store, organize, search, and manage bookmarks of web pages on the Internet with the help of metadata.

In a social bookmarking system, users save links to web pages that they want to remember and/or share. These bookmarks are usually public, and can be saved privately, shared only with specified people or groups, shared only inside certain networks, or another combination of public and private domains. The allowed people can usually view these bookmarks chronologically, by category or tags, or via a search engine.

Most social bookmark services encourage users to organize their bookmarks with informal tags instead of the traditional browser-based system of folders, although some services feature categories/folders or a combination of folders and tags. They also enable viewing bookmarks associated with a chosen tag, and include information about the number of users who have bookmarked them. Some social bookmarking services also draw inferences from the relationship of tags to create clusters of tags or bookmarks.

Many social bookmarking services provide web feeds for their lists of bookmarks, including lists organized by tags. This allows subscribers to become aware of new bookmarks as they are saved, shared, and tagged by other users.

As these services have matured and grown more popular, they have added extra features such as ratings and comments on bookmarks, the ability to import and export bookmarks from browsers, emailing of bookmarks, web annotation, and groups or other social network features.

B.) SOCIAL NETWORKING: definition - A social network service focuses on the building and verifying of online social networks for communities of people who share interests and activities, or who are interested in exploring the interests and activities of others, and which necessitates the use of software.

Most services are primarily web based and provide a collection of various ways for users to interact, such as chat, messaging, email, video, voice chat, file sharing, blogging, discussion groups, and so on.

The main types of social networking services are those which contain directories of some categories (such as former classmates), means to connect with friends (usually with self-description pages), and recommender systems linked to trust. Popular methods now combine many of these, with MySpace, Bebo and Facebook being the most widely used in the anglosphere, Hi5 in parts of Europe, Google's Orkut in Brazil, and Friendster being the most widely used in the Pacific Islands.

Team 2


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.

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.

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


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.

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.

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).

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)

Team 3 (Dan Daggett & Matt Misiaszek)

-a mashup is a web application that combines data from more than one
source into a single integrated tool.
-allows users to invent a new form of communication by mixing web applications and web sites that were not originally intended to work together in order to create new interactive content.


(note: in the lower left, check out the external links; myspace,
blogger, etc.)

RSS Feeds
-RSS stands for "Really Simple Syndication" Its a format web publishers use for distributing and gathering web content such as, news headlines, links, summaries, or even the full text of websites, newspapers, magazines, blogs, or even podcasts.
-Allows users to subscribe to a feed by entering the feeds link into the reader by clicking an RSS icon in a browser that initiates the subscription process The reader checks the user's subscribed feeds regularly for new content, downloading any updates that it finds. RSS makes it possible for people to keep up with their favorite web sites in an automated manner that's easier than checking them manually.


-More than any other Web 2.0 tool, online maps and satellite photos add depth to the Web by connecting it with real-world topography.
-Maps allow you to chart a trip and get around in real time, and their aerial views of grasslands, mountaintops, and city grids also provide a new perspective of the planet.


Team 4 - nick, scott, devon

- a site where users post anything from world news to an obscure blog on a no names website - users then vote 'digg' these stories and if enough think the story is worthy, the story will make it to the front page for millions to see and enjoy
- digg is a wonderful and effective way for users to read and enjoy a little bit of everything that the web has to offer, the only downside is you must enjoy what others do, because that is what gets moved to the top, by design
- www.digg.com

virtual desktops
- virtual desktops are a place for users to have the same experience no matter what computer they are sitting at. these websites provide a 'desktop' for the user to have a wallpaper, place to store files/documents, pictures, music, etc.
- these websites provide the user with a familiar computer experience no matter which computer they sit at. these websites are for those users who might not have a computer of their own.
- www.glidenext.com, www.youos.com

meta data
- "Data about data. Metadata describes how and when and by whom a particular set of data was collected, and how the data is formatted. Metadata is essential for understanding information stored in data warehouses and has become increasingly important in XML-based Web applications." (http://www.webopedia.com/TERM/m/metadata.html)
- meta data is the most important tool to search engines on the web. meta data tells the world what the web site is all about. it supplies key words that describe the site so the correct audience will find and utilize this site
- http://htmlhelp.com/reference/html40/head/meta.html

BitTorrent is application for accessing media or data over the Internet. While BitTorrent has been around for a while, since 2001, the growing use of media rich content on the web and increasing available bandwidth for accessing the Internet have led to its rapid growth.

BitTorrent in its simplest terms is an application that allows for sharing of files over the Internet (aka Peer to Peer file sharing - P2P). A user can download the client application and then connect to other users to download files. What is really unique about BitTorrent is that users download pieces of files from other users rather then one central server. Rather then depending on a single server, BitTorrent spreads the download across all users who have the file, and downloads various parts of the file in a random order. The application then reassembles the file in the correct order.

Some users complain of piracy problems with Peer to Peer File Sharing including copyright infringements, but the growing use of BitTorrent by companies such as Blizzard ( PC games), Sub Pop Records and Hollywood movie studios show it’s a excellent way to provide and download media and data files over the internet at a reduced cost and bandwidth.

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