the Power of Web 2.0

Shahd Majeed
Posted April 5, 2013 from United States

East or west, at the Arctic and Antarctic my voice can now be heard and my words can reach people in a matter of seconds! With one click I can access any information I want. We can absolutely search any word in the world and get thousands of related information to that one word. It is exciting that Web 2.0 has made it easier for so many people to educate themselves about other places and other people. It is also exciting how cheaper things have gotten ever since we started using Web 2.0. During my whole school time, I used more online sources like YouTube for illustrations rather than buying expensive books. With my online subscriptions to world news web sites, I spent less money on new papers and magazines.

I think through the Web 2.0 so many cases can be brought forward for a global discussion. Issues like gender equality, arranged marriages, honor killing, rape, violence against women, etc. can all be discussed and brought into arguments on a global scale through the Web 2.0 platform. The powerful side of this platform is that it does not just mention those issues like other media platforms, but it also allows people to debate and criticize them. Stories will be spread, people’s feelings, awareness and conscious will also be touched, and here where we find ideologies, ideas, norms come into action. People would favor certain acts, others would object! All this will lead to the “change”. I can’t think of the times I Changed my mind about certain people after reading a certain story or witnessed some accident. Most of the misunderstanding around the world comes from the miscommunication and the misinterpretation of things around us. The more we read about what is going on around us, the more we understand, analyze, reject or accept our ideas. Through Web 2.0 Women can prove their part in the world and how brilliant some women are, even though they live in places some people wonder they exist on the map. Web 2.0 will provide more support to women posting their issues or stories, makes people around the world understand things before they come into judgment.

Through my social media activity and getting connected to people I got to spread my work activity and become well known inside my home town for being a freelancing recruiter. Through online blogging my voice reached so many people in the States when I was blogging about my experience as an Iraqi person visiting the States, and I got so many new supporters and friends. Through social networking I got to participate in many programs, such as Women in connecting cultures where I was placed with 16 other women in the desert of Oman to discuss our cultural values, after which I got to have 16 new friends, know 16 new culture, and above all, spread my voice as an Iraqi woman who survived war to 16 other country!

Voices of Our Future Application: Empowerment and Web 2.0

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Aminah
Apr 05, 2013
Apr 05, 2013

One of the most effective tools of web 2.0 is undoubtedly blogs. It give us a platform to self publish and build a network of followers and commenter. Glad to hear how your journey has been enhanced through blogging.

All the best to your future endeavors.

Aminah

Shahd Majeed
Apr 05, 2013
Apr 05, 2013

Thanks Aminah, I am sure we will have so much to share and learn together

ola.mahadi
Apr 06, 2013
Apr 06, 2013

We all could use the web 2.0 to get closewr to other and try to understand more and offer our help if needed Good to see you blogging here too and good luck Stay tuned Ola

Shahd Majeed
Apr 06, 2013
Apr 06, 2013

Thanks Ola, what a pretty moment to find support from people never met you before! God Bless you all

JaniceW
Apr 06, 2013
Apr 06, 2013

You capture the essence of how the web can transform lives and effect change so beautifully. You are a wonderful writer and eloquently express how powerful the web is. I immediately want to sit down with you to debate, learn, share and critique ideas and stories with you. I look forward to reading more from you.

Shahd Majeed
Apr 06, 2013
Apr 06, 2013

Thanks Janice, your words are so supportive and I cant wait to share more and more ideas and ideologies

Nakinti
Apr 06, 2013
Apr 06, 2013

Great girl, You said it loud, clean, and clear. Web 2.0 is stronger than we can ever imagine. Keep up the good work. Love from Cameroon

Shahd Majeed
Apr 06, 2013
Apr 06, 2013

Thanks Nakinti, I am glad to find support from people like you :)

Mukut
Apr 07, 2013
Apr 07, 2013

Great work. You expressed it beautifully.

love

Shahd Majeed
Apr 07, 2013
Apr 07, 2013

Thanks Mukut :)

Merlin James
Apr 08, 2013
Apr 08, 2013

Your expressions reveal your personality and i find something shining, a gem. yes it is. Keep shining dear.

And lets make others shine too.

Love.

Shahd Majeed
Apr 08, 2013
Apr 08, 2013

Sharontina,

Thanks a lot, I am so glad I left an impression somewhere. Thanks all of you ladies, you have no idea how proud I am to connect with you

Shahd Majeed
Apr 08, 2013
Apr 08, 2013

Ladies, any idea about week 2 materials? I cant find them

Merlin James
Apr 09, 2013
Apr 09, 2013

There is till time Shahd. You will receive the announcement for week 2. It is because of the timing that you see its delayed.

Wish you the best.

Shahd Majeed
Apr 09, 2013
Apr 09, 2013

Thanks Hun

Myrthe
Apr 11, 2013
Apr 11, 2013

Thank you for posting your article, Shahd! I enjoyed reading it and I'm looking forward to reading more from you! I like how you talked about your own use of blogs and social networks to find opportunities to communicate and reach out. You're a great example of the connections one can make using different internet tools.

Shahd Majeed
Apr 11, 2013
Apr 11, 2013

Myrthe,

Appreciate your words and comments and I am eager to make more posts and share so much my life over the last 7 years

Myrthe
Apr 11, 2013
Apr 11, 2013

I'm looking forward to reading more from you!

Hummingbird
Apr 13, 2013
Apr 13, 2013

Thank you Shahd for for this good article. I agree with you, web 2.0 brings us together to debate and criticize. It is indeed a women-friendly platform. I would like to read more about your experience dear Shahd, about Iraqi women.

Wish you a warm and happy writing experience. And waiting for your 2nd assignment.

Shahd Majeed
Apr 13, 2013
Apr 13, 2013

Dear Huuingbird, I am so glad to impress people with my writings it is such a success by itself to get peoples' feedback across the world. I appreciate it

Jensine Larsen
Apr 15, 2013
Apr 15, 2013

Dear Shahd, It is inspiring to read your words and your passion. I can tell that there is a river of expression inside of you just roaring to come out and nourish the world. I for one, will be an avid reader, looking for what you are going to say next so i can learn about what is on the hearts and minds of women in Iraq today.

thank you for your courage,

Shahd Majeed
Apr 16, 2013
Apr 16, 2013

Jensine, Thank you so much! I love it how people from distance admire what I write. it gives me a great strength to keep up the work

Cali gal Michelle
Apr 21, 2013
Apr 21, 2013

Shahd- Your passion and positivity jumps off the page in this entry. You have utilized these technologies to not only educate yourself, but to create networks of people to expand your world. Now, if only more people would take the time to read about ideas outside of their scope of comfort, what a difference it would make. Thank you for setting this example for so many. All the best to you!

Shahd Majeed
Apr 21, 2013
Apr 21, 2013

Michelle,

I appreciate your support and encouraging words. every time someone comment on my post I feel lucky to be part of this network. some people think it is a waste of time sitting behind a desk and surf online. as a matter of fact, everything we do in life depends on our intentions. I believe my intentions online are the huge network and educating experience.

best wishes

Shahd