"VOF Week 1: ( Web 2.0 tools at a glance)

Brenda Zulu
Posted March 19, 2009 from Zambia

By Brenda Zulu

I like Web 2.0 applications because of their nature to aggregate content. I also like the fact that there is a lot of interactivity online because of Web 2.0. One is able to get feedback from many people in different places. Web 2.0 platforms are able to store different documents and files which could also be retrieved from any place in the world as long as there is an internet connection. I remember when my laptop crashed I had put pictures of my sisters wedding on Flickr of where I happily retrieved them for her.

Web 2.0 is exiting because unlike the traditional media, there is unlimited participation from the society on a subject matter which is based on trust. There is also easy storage which can be found using a search engine with the help of tags. It should also be noticed that Web 2.0 has helped me find lost friends and this is terms of social networking such as Face book, Tagged. In blogging as journalist i have been able to locate my friends and relatives whom I have not known their where about and contact details. Thus I have used web 2.0 tools for communication purposes. I have also able to chat and talk in real time with them using Skype, Facebook chat facilities, yahoo messenger; Google talk etc which is cheaper than calling them on their mobile phones especially that in Zambia, Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP) is still not allowed.

Solutions that Web 2.0 applications have been able to bring to the global women’s movement include the ability to communicate to a wider audience. For Africa, we still have very few women who have access to the internet because of issues of language and access to the internet which is still expensive.

Web 2.0 brings an opportunity for the global women’s movement to be able document its activities. Using Web 2.0 tools the movement can create an online network to which many people can subscribe. I however think that there is need for women’s movement to learn how to behave in cyberspace especially with presence of vast Web 2.0 tools. There is also need for translation for people who might not know the languages that would be used. There is also a need for the global women’s movement to consider using converging Web 2.0 technologies with traditional media and also Mobile applications. This is important for Africa as many women in Africa have access to the mobile phone and radio than the internet.

Web 2.0 has empowered me in that my work and has helped to brand me in cyber space. I have also found writing opportunities, taught people, presented papers and trained people because of having knowledge of Web2.0 tools. I have covered conferences and aggregated content for other organizations because of my ability to blog and knowledge of content management skills. It has also helped me in being organized by the use of social bookmarks.

Comments 2

  • Nzasu
    Mar 23, 2009
    Mar 23, 2009

    Hi Miss Zulu

    I like that too about web 2.0, I can work from any location remote or urban as long as I have an internet connection.

    Thank the internet for Flickr ,facebook and the rest.Ive scanned all my important documents National Id,passport,degree certificates etc and stored them on Facebook just incase I loose them, get robbed, theres a fire etc I always have ab ackup.

    I didn't know that Vopi is not allowed in your country. I guess the government still wants the revenue.It sees Vopi calls being cheap and a loss of revenue for the government, however your government like most governments around the world is broke.

    I definitely agree with you on the use of mobile applications to penetrate webs 2.0 usage in Africa.In my country there are over 13 million mobile subscribers.

    So what is it about blogging ?why do u like blogging am not much of a blogger myself

  • Gemma
    Mar 31, 2009
    Mar 31, 2009


    Your post this week was very well written and addressed all of the elements of the assignment. In your first paragraph, you discuss the ability to aggregate content and the opportunity for interaction. How has that influenced the work that you do and your personal life beyond social networking? Giving the example of having pictures of you sister's wedding was a great example. Are there others?

    You also speak of web 2.0 applications impacting the global women's movement through communications to a wider audience. How have you seen that happen? Have you witnessed this impact? I am also curious about what you mean when you say that the women's movement needs to behave in cyberspace. Are there specific instances of misbehavior that prompted that comment?

    I am so excited for you that you have been able to use web 2.0 to find writing opportunities and to brand yourself in cyber space. One of the most powerful elements of the internet is the manner that it equalizes those who are connected. I hope that you continue to use this tool to grow professionally and influence others in Zambia.

    I know it is difficult in Africa with connectivity. I have two adopted daughters from Liberia and I must mail information to their relatives through normal means. Some times they do not receive what I send, or it takes many months. One of my hobbies is photography and I would love to be able to set up a way for them to view slide shows over the internet, but it is not yet possible.


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