Web 2.0 is all about being interactive with websites and with other Web users around the world. Instead of just reading webpages that are flat and prepackaged, you can participate by easily modifying sites, or creating your very own.
Social networking is the buzzword for the new Century. Sites like MySpace, Facebook, and countless more aren’t just for kids and teens. Hundreds of thousands of people of all ages and walks of life use social networking sites to keep in touch, find old friends and make new ones, and just to have a good time while using all the new tools the Internet has to offer.
Wikis allow readers to update existing websites with their own wealth of information. Popular sites like Wikipedia have become vast storehouses of cultural knowledge that wouldn’t exist any other way.
Photo sharing sites like Flickr let users display photos easily and quickly. It’s never been easier to see what your friends and relatives are up to, even if they are thousands of miles away.
Tag Clouds offer an easy way to save favorite webpages. Better than old fashioned bookmarks, tagging sites like del.icio.us let you save links to your selected sites on the web. Not only can you then access those links from any Internet point in the world, you can also share your links with others, and see who else has similar interests. That’s also social networking!
Blogs allow interactive Web 2.0 users to tell their own story in an journal format that is updated regularly. Blogs can be personal, news or business centered, or they can be from your public library – like this one you are reading right now!
The Palm Springs Public Library is embracing the Web 2.0 concept by launching a number of new web presences. Take a look at the sites below. Check us out, be our friend, join our groups, look at our pictures, click our favorites. Be interactive and get involved in Web 2.0!
Facebook.com – join the group, Palm Springs Public Library
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