There is a great YouTube video that really gets you thinking about what Web 2.0 is:
Some other videos to help you get started with Web 2.0 are
- Social Networking in Plain English
- Blogs in Plain English
- Wikis in Plain English
- Online Photo Sharing in Plain English
- Social Bookmarking in Plain English
- RSS in Plain English
- Twitter in Plain English
CommonCraft does an excellent job of explaining RSS, but here is a quick guide for anyone who doesn’t want to sit through the video.
- RSS (Real Simple Syndication) is a way of taking content (feeds) from multiple sites you enjoy and putting them in one place (a feed reader) to read at your own pace.
- Think of it as your own personalized newspaper.
- You can recognize a site with an RSS feed, by looking for an orange chicklet, like the kind you see in my sidebar.
- When you click on it, you’ll be presented with a ton of different options, representing dozens of feed readers.
- For the sake of our example, try adding this feed to Google Reader.
- After you fill out their sign-in form (assuming you’re not a member), you’ll notice all of this site’s content is now available to you on the Google Reader page.
- You can add any number of sites to your reader and come back anytime to see all the newest content without the hassle of going to the site itself.