Connecting people in a smart way

Ana Dutra
Posted September 12, 2011 from Brazil
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When I was a kid I used to write long letters to my cousins and friends who lived in other cities. The telephone was too expensive and there was no internet. I remember waiting for days, even weeks for a letter. The feeling of finally getting one was beyond word!

When I first knew about internet I was already at college. But internet was not even close of the one we have today. Information was confused, search tools were not very specific so it was hard to find things we needed, there were lots of sparkling boxes trying to gain my attention at the same time... Those were reasons enough for me to never imagine internet would become such a big mass communication tool. It was too messy and complicated for an ordinary user like me. I am glad to see how wrong I was.

Definitely, for social workers, internet had developed on a good way. Significant changes were made in most of the pages I visited in the past. Years ago, sites were available as books. It means people accessed them, read them, saw what was of interest and closed them. The most we could do was communicating to developers responsible for the content via an email. Currently, a page that is limited to this is doomed to oblivion.

Today, connectivity counts. Listening to your target audience counts. Starting a discussion counts. The web 2.0 is a revolutionary environment of interaction and participation that encompasses many languages and motivations and has been developed continually by the impact of internet on business and mainly journalistic practices. The involvement of ordinary citizens, once considered mere readers – like me –, helped to make it probably the most democratic tool we have today. That excites me!

Today, a webpage to be minimally framed as part of this second chapter in Internet history must provide content experience for the user. And this content has to be dynamic and open to them, at least, it must avoid blocks of text and provide options for users to choose what they want. Therefore Web 2.0 came as a venue for “collective intelligence”, the paradise for social users, including all kinds of minorities and voiceless categories. So this is our chance to enhance global women empowerment movement. What to do with such a powerful tool in our hands? The answer is: everything. Publishing and editing of internet content becomes an increasingly common practice. We can start a stronger movement, spread the word, denunciate, discuss, share, emphasize, point out our fingers, and after all, make a difference!

Receiving a letter still brings me that indescribable feeling. But nowadays I’m fortunate for being able to receive lots of “letters” every day: a comment in my blog, a facebook message, an article someone read and recommends me or a personal email. Me and others like me, who embrace a cause and want to share and learn and exchange experiences, we want to be, literally, a part of this peaceful revolution. Connecting…

Voices of Our Future Application: Empowerment and Web 2.0

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Pinky pradhan
Sep 14, 2011
Sep 14, 2011

Ana,

Enjoyed reading your article and your analysis on the web 2.0 and how it has indeed changed tha face of communications.

Ana Dutra
Sep 19, 2011
Sep 19, 2011

World Pulse's been a great opportunity to rehearse some thoughts...

All my best

Sahar
Sep 18, 2011
Sep 18, 2011

I am thrilled when I read your history with internet and how it has changed completely . Thanks for sharing this valuable experience.

Ana Dutra
Sep 19, 2011
Sep 19, 2011

I am probably more thrilled knowing you like my story!

Best

CourtneyWilson
Sep 18, 2011
Sep 18, 2011

I like your comment: "The involvement of ordinary citizens, once considered mere readers – like me –, helped to make it probably the most democratic tool we have today".

It is now becoming a tool for change. As you point out it is interesting to see how the role of the internet has changed from closed content to open content. Encouraging people to take advantage of this change is an important role for those with understanding of Web 2.0 can play.

Good luck in spreading the word, Kind regards, Courtney

VOF volunteer

Ana Dutra
Sep 19, 2011
Sep 19, 2011

Thanks, Courtney!

I'm glad we are tuned! I am really surprised how the world became "smaller" with internet. Ten years ago, less than 25% of people in Brazil had access to internet. Today the percentage goes around 70%. It's marvelous when we remember Brazil is one of the most unequal countries in the world

So the next step, after being connected, is learning how to use it. That's our next challenge. We have to teach and enchant new users and make they feel how big and important internet is for devellping matters.

My best Ana

Emily Garcia
Sep 23, 2011
Sep 23, 2011

Hello Ana!

Thank you for posting. This was a pleasure to read! I can relate to your love of receiving letters as well as to your excitement when it comes connecting online. This was a beautiful story you told as well as a powerful and motivating one. We have some awesome tools at our fingertips-- to "start a stronger movement, spread the word, denunciate, discuss, share, emphasize, point out our fingers, and after all, make a difference!"

Great job!

Emily

Ana Dutra
Sep 26, 2011
Sep 26, 2011

Thanks Emily! I'm trying to take advantage of these tools, learn how to use them properly and overcome shyness... One day I'll look behind and I'll laugh about the things I just said. But for now, it's the truth! :) Thank you for being supportive and a reader!!

Emily Garcia
Sep 28, 2011
Sep 28, 2011

Hi Ana! I just read your profile and am amazed at the extraordinary person you are and all that you've accomplished! You'll overcome your shyness for sure! =) I'm working on it too... ha ha!

much love,

Emily