Defining Web 2.0: The Web is Us

Digital text is no longer just linking information…
Hypertext is no longer just linking information…
The Web is no longer just linking information…
The Web is linking people…
Web 2.0 is linking people…
…people sharing, tracing, and collaborating…

Via a link on the Blog Squad's How to Build A Better Blog, I was led to a YouTube video explaining a bit of Internet history, and the creation of Web 2.0 - in under five minutes: The Web is Us/ing Us.  The video is informative and really well done.

The piece is produced by Michael Wesch, an Assistant Professor in cultural anthropology from Kansas State University.  A transcript for the video has kindly been provided at the blog for KSU's Digital Ethnography project.

It's thought-provoking.  It ends with these thoughts:

We’ll need to rethink a few things…
We’ll need to rethink copyright
We’ll need to rethink authorship
We’ll need to rethink identity
We’ll need to rethink ethics
We’ll need to rethink aesthetics
We’ll need to rethink rhetorics
We’ll need to rethink governance
We’ll need to rethink privacy
We’ll need to rethink commerce
We’ll need to rethink love
We’ll need to rethink family
We’ll need to rethink ourselves.

To a large extent, I believe those points are true.  Assuming the essence of Web 2.0 to be the world population of people/Internet users searching for, collaborating on, and sharing information -- Web 2.0 has already changed how people approach the tasks of their daily lives.  It's made many things easier (finding directions to a destination), while others are more complicated and challenging (protecting copyright of digital projects, whether words or images).  Identity, for many, is morphed and defined by blogging, and the interaction with others virtually.  I know the Web has allowed me to promote my professional projects in ways and to audiences I would not have been able to, even five years ago.  And part of the success of my projects contributes to how I see myself - my identity.

Interesting and fascinating.  Any thoughts?

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Scrapbook Blogging for a Newspaper?

I noticed something very interesting in one of my Yahoo! Alerts for "scrapbooking" today:

Blog helps you start scrapbooking
The Leaf Chronicle Thu, 08 Feb 2007 7:27 AM PST
Kate Smith of Clarksville knows scrapbooking. She has filled 20 albums with the scrapbook pages she has created. In her blog hosted by The Leaf-Chronicle, she can help you get started making memories, as well.

I followed the link and discovered that yes, this woman is blogging about scrapbooking for a local newspaper.  Her blog is Pen Paper Scissors.

Dang -- where do I get me a job like that??  Sign me up!  This is the first time I've seen someone blogging about scrapbooking for a newspaper (I would assume she is pro-blogging, or being paid to blog).  Have you seen anyone else doing this?  Makes me strongly consider pitching some of the smaller local papers in my area with the idea.  Nice resume builder, not to mention....blogging!  Hello!  I'm all about the blogging.

Blogging Words to Live By

Via Denise Wakeman in How to Build A Better Blog, the "Bloggy Golden Rule", coined by Teresa Valdez-Klein.

“If you wouldn’t want it written about you, don’t write it about someone else. If you wouldn’t approve it in your comments section, don’t write it in someone else’s.”

Seems to me this would also apply to message boards/forums.

This is sound professional advice, for those of you looking to brand yourself or your business. It's also sound human-type-being advice -- you'll be a better person if you don't "Turn to the Dark Side" and allow yourself to become a flame-happy Troll.

Podlishing & EFG Publishing

A shout-out and hurray for my publisher, Elaine Floyd.  She recently entered the blogging world!  Yea, Elaine!  You can check out her blog here: Podlishing: Book Industry Trends & Commentary.

She also recently revamped her website, -- looks very clean.  Love the book border at the top. 

She has revised her services listing, so be sure to check her out:

  • if you are thinking of writing a book that shares your unique approach in a way that attracts and retains clients, call or e-mail Elaine at the outset of your project. Do not wait until your manuscript is completed because she can guide you to resources that will greatly speed your writing time while exponentially increasing the quality and effectiveness of your finished work.
  • If your company wants guidance on how to use a book attract business or
    support that pays for the book tens or hundreds of times over. Ideally
    clients include contractors, manufacturers, financial planners,
    consultants, service firms—any organization who must educate clients,
    prospects, members and supporters before a sale can be made.

I can't say enough good things about Elaine, and working with Elaine.  When you work with Elaine, on any level, you're working with a true professional.       

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Blog Quiz/Meme: Which Superhero are you? Quiz

Too fun!

My Superhero results:
I am Spider-Man (tied with Superman, actually)

You are intelligent, witty, a bit geeky and have great power and responsibility.

Spider-Man: 70%
Superman: 70%
Wonder Woman: 65%
Robin: 58%
Supergirl: 50%
Green Lantern: 40%
The Flash: 40%
Iron Man: 40%
Hulk: 30%
Batman: 25%
Catwoman: 15%

Click here to take the Superhero Personality Quiz

My Villainous results:
I am Mr. Freeze (tied with Riddler, actually)

You are cold and you think everyone else should be also, literally.

Mr. Freeze: 47%
Riddler: 47%
The Joker: 41%
Lex Luthor: 39%
Dr. Doom: 39%
Poison Ivy: 35%
Apocalypse: 34%
Dark Phoenix: 34%
Magneto: 31%
Kingpin: 30%
Venom: 30%
Green Goblin: 28%
Mystique: 28%
Juggernaut: 24%
Catwoman: 20%
Two-Face: 16%

Click here to take the Supervillain Personality Quiz

(Sidenote: interesting that Catwoman was actually featured on both Hero and Villain lists...)

My Blogger Code

Had to do this for my Halloween costume tomorrow... ;)

Which means:

  • BLOGGING DURATION: 2.5 to 3 years
  • DOMAINS: I own more than 2 domains that are updated regularly.
  • TECHNICAL PROFICIENCY: I manage my blog with a management system running on my own web host.
  • LINKSLUTTING: I have quite a few links, and I try to check in on them all regularly, or at least periodically.
  • STATS: I usually check my stats once a day but I don't keep any records or running tallies.
  • SEX: I might flirt a little, but anything beyond that is out of the question.
  • EXHIBITIONISM: I have posted quite a few photos of myself, but I was fully clothed in them all.
  • CLOSET: Nearly all of my offline friends, family members, and co-workers know about my blog, and that's fine.
  • SYNDICATION: All types (RSS, RDF, Atom)
  • TROLLS: They have been a mild annoyance.
  • SPAM: I moderate all my comments, to avoid comment spam
  • ME: I am a Blogger, fear my wrath!

Typepad Tip: To prevent a post from appearing

To prevent the page from appearing on your weblog's Recent Posts listing (while still being accessible in your Archives), you can backdate the post (hand smack to forehead -- duh!  Never thought of that!). The Recent Posts listing will include the 10 most recent posts from within the last 30 days. For example, if you want to create a more customized About page, and you want to make sure that it does not appear in your sidebar, try backdating it a few months or making it the first post in your blog. You can find more about backdating here: Changing the Date or Time of a Post


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