Friday, 20 August 2010

The End

I have graduated from Web 1.0 to Web 2.0. Hooray! I didn't know it when I started but I used the web in a Web 1.0 kind of way. Doing Cam23 has moved me into Web 2.0. It is true, I did have a toe or two in Web 2.0 before (despite not knowing that there was a Web 1.0 and a Web 2.0), but having looked at all the new Things I think that not only have I come across a whole load of resources I didn't know about before, but that, also, I am starting to think about using the Web differently because of it. It is not a very intuitive process as yet, but hopefully it will become so as I explore further.

I think doing Cam23 has been a  steep learning curve. We've covered lots of new things pretty quickly and for some of us (i.e. me!), we will need to take some more time to investigate and appreciate what these applications can do. One thing I have noticed is that the majority of people I know do not particulalry use these applications, and I therefore think projects like Cam23 are worthwhile courses for spreading the knowledge. The more people who know about, and know how to use, these applications, the more it will be possible to use them in the work environment. I get the impression that a lot of UL staff are having a go at Cam23 which bodes well for the future of the Library moving into a digital age with staff who are not afraid to get on board with new technology.

One thing I have not been able to do as much as I should have and would have liked to have done is read other peoples blogs. What I have been able to read has always been informative and enlightening, and I hope it might be possible to keep the blogs open for reading after the Cam23 project has officially finished. I'm glad we've got a few more days to finish off and I will try to catch up on some reading now that (with this post) I will have finished all the required blog entries for each Thing.

The Things which I definitely intend to keep using are:

iGoogle - including the calendar and reader. If I can find the opportunity I will also use Google docs. The drawback with the Google stuff is that everyone else has to sign up for a Google account to be able to work collaboratively with the tools.

Doodle - super easy to coordinate meetings and other things like, which film we should see next week.

Slideshare - a good place to continue finding out about Web 2.0 once 23Things finishes. I also found a presentation on AFOREST - something being covered in my son's English class which he needs to practice but which he "couldn't remember" exactly what it is!

Delicious - as I've got my bookmarks uploaded there now, I probably will use this occasionally, if for nothing else except for having all my bookmarks stored in one place. But, personally, I'm not keen on the layout/look of the thing. It is not pleasing to the eye. I'd like an easier way to look at/see at a glance and organise the bookmarks. At the moment, they just seem like one long, sprawling list, despite the tags.

YouTube, iTunes, Facebook, podcasts - I already used and will continue to do so.

Blogger - not sure about this one. Without the discipline of Cam23 where you have to write something on a regular basis, I feel that I know myself only too well, and will not be up to keeping a blog going - but it's been nice while it's lasted!

Wikis - I'll definitely give a go (as I mentioned in my Wiki post)

And finally, Wordle was fun, fun, fun, but I think I say I think an awful lot! I haven't managed to import the finished product, because although I can get a screenshot of it, the screenshot goes into the clipboard and I can't seem to get it out of there into the blog. I think last time I imported a screenshot I did it from an Apple computer at home. PCs are not so easy!

Actually, ignore the last paragraph! As you will have seen, I did manage to import the Wordle screenshot, but it took a long time to get it there!

And all that remains to be said, is thanks to everyone who has guided us into unchartered waters and expanded our horizons. Thanks very much for all your time and effort.

So long, and thanks for all the fish ....I mean, Things!