Web 2.0 is a concept that has excited me in that it opens a whole new world that is also liberating. The idea is motivating me to reviving skills that were hibernating for many years. Web 2.0 has transformed the way I view and relate to my computer, and that makes me use it more. It excites me because all alone, with Web 2.0 as a catalyst, I am not really alone. I can write my innermost thoughts, ideas, and whatever else I think of that may be happening around me. I make decisions on whether to share, and when to share. I am excited by the fact that others can give feedback, and we can have a conversation around a topic, with a really exciting community all over the world – people I never imagined I would converse with. The idea of reading other people’s posts and responding to their thoughts makes me feel like I am dropping into kitchens and lounges in people’s homes all over the world for a quick chat.
This presents a cost-effective way of sharing ideas, sharing solutions and strategies. Learning about what other women are doing in different parts of the world, responding and discussing within moments, without the delay and cost of postage and travel means much more can be achieved. Messages of solidarity can be crafted together within one day, and alerts send out very rapidly to like-minded individuals and communities.
Web 2.0 is empowering for me as it has spurred me to be more consistent in my personal journal entries. This in turn is a way of relieving stress, and spurs me to move on and be adventurous. As I also read other people’s postings on PulseWire, I hear myself echoing the US President, and saying to myself, “Yes, I can!” I can only see the sky as the limit, and feel my age has been halved through access to this technology and I have a lot more to do that I am really excited about.Emagazine: Bridging Borders