Although I’d never heard of Web 2.0 until just a few days ago, I’ve discovered that I’ve been a user and promoter of this fast evolving frontier for over two years without knowing it.
In 2009 I joined the most popular Web 2.0 engine, Facebook, and then in early May of this year I was told about the World Pulse website and after viewing the site, immediately became a member, again not knowing that I was joining myself to another application of this powerful networking technology.
I began to experience a bit more of its scope and elegance when in June I was asked to help promote and raise funds for a struggling Widow and Orphan conference being held the following month in a very remote area of the Province in which I live, in the Democratic Republic of Congo. So being a new member I engaged the World Pulse team to learn how to create a Post for publication to their like-minded network. After discovering what information I needed to compile I began to gather the various resource documents and photos, and within a few days was ready to publish. I went through the simple steps that the team had emailed me and within minutes had created a Post on PulseWire. And I have to say – having never done anything like this before – I didn't know what to expect. But to my complete surprise and utter delight, what I saw on the screen was a very professional looking presentation of the upcoming conference (http://www.worldpulse.com/pulsewire/exchange/post/38467). I was so amazed. And as pleased as I was, I was so very impressed to realize that this Post was on the World Wide Web for everyone in every nation around the globe to see.
As time was very short for gaining financial and other support for the upcoming conference I began emailing the link to the PulseWire Post to many local and national dignitaries and contacts. Because of this easy-to-use Web 2.0 application and the impressive presentation that resulted, I was able in a matter of days to not only gain visibility, but credibility and interest for our conference in this mostly unconnected country, and raised $1,230 of the total $2,230 funds raised, as a direct result. And $230 of that came from the World Pulse network membership!
Obviously, what excites me about Web 2.0 is its ease of use, its professional presentation, its worldwide ‘distribution’ of my content, and the ease with which others are able to accordingly interact with me regarding the subject Posted.
As a solution oriented application, Web 2.0 interactively connects its users to a world of people interested in the subjects for which we are giving voice, making it a multifaceted exchange instrument uniting both authors of content and their readers/listeners to create a fusion-force of momentum and resources to quickly bring attention to and address the critically important issues and opportunities facing our gender today.
Take action! This post was submitted in response to Voices of Our Future Application: Empowerment and Web 2.0.