Last week, the lecturer introduced two books to us: ‘Who moved my cheese’ and ‘Wikinomics’. Before that, I’ve finished the ‘Who moved my cheese’, and continue to read the other one. Even though the ‘cheese’ book I’ve read is the Chinese version, it still impressed me a lot. For the most adults, the story is really simple and maybe a little childish. But think deeply, our life is just like this maze filled with changes, right? The four characters of the story just represent different reactions when human encounter the changes.
When I arrived at Brisbane one month ago, I really felt confused and discomfort. It is a so big change for me. The language, the culture, the faces even the air, all of these are so strange to me even I knew they are inevitable in advance. But I must learn to adapt to change quickly. Change my language, my life style and communication style, and then find my ‘cheese’ in Brisbane. It is not simple like it sounds like. But change means progress and innovation, don’t afraid of it and enjoy it. That is what I learned from that book. So if you haven’t read it, you should spend an hour on it and I’m sure you can find much more than you imaged.
Well, sorry, there is a little deviation from the main topic. Today I will talk about the web 2.0 tools and how I use these tools as well as my experience. As the Wikinomics told us, the new innovation and creation model in the modern society should be peer production or peering. The mass collaboration changes everything. In terms of web 2.0 tools, it provides you with open platform and ways to communicate with others all over the world such as the Wikipedia. Anyone can edit it from individuals to huge companies. The knowledge can be improved over time, and information involving millions of categories can be searched. More efficient than blogs within the organization, companies can use internal wikis to promote collaboration and provide easier access to important events, projects, policies and more.
For me, the most used tools or ways are blogging, wiki and twitter. Each of these has separate purpose and simple to use. Twitter for me is more like an entertainment place. I can share my daily feelings, photos and a hoard of anecdotes. Following people I interested in is really a wonderful thing. I can make new friends, share happiness with each other whoever you are, and even know much about my idols and celebrities.
The blog for me is more formal. I use it to record my learning and working. Share the knowledge to others and get the advice from others and then improve myself. Beside edit my own blog regularly, I often visit other blogs with similar interests or topics to share the opinions. When I edit my new blog, I choose Wikipedia as my free encyclopedia to search useful information and resources. Then, invite my twitter friends to come to my blog. That is a benign circle.
Here is a funny video to give you a short introduction to wikis and illustrate how they can be used to organize a group’s information:
Of course, there are many other web 2.0 tools like common craft which is more like a video library, Facebook, RSS etc. And these tools help you to complete open, peer, share and globalization which is the theme of Wikinomics.
Reference:( If I have some grammer or spelling mistakes, I am glad that you can point it out and help me to improve it.)