I am a very big fan of what is known as web 2.0. This comes down to a bunch of websites that offer all sorts of next-generation services and thay all have 2 things in common: a beautiful (mostly ajax) interface and the freakiest names. Here are some examples and what they mean to me in my day-to-day life.
WordPress: this blog can be considered as a web 2.0 project. Not my own page, but the service that keeps it up and running (and they do a damn fine job if you ask me). Even though that blogging has been around for quite some time, wordpress takes it to the next level. With functions as widgets, tagging, stats and much, much more all poored into a sleek interface, WordPress is a must for every web 2.0 fanatic.
Delicious: del.icio.us is a web 2.0 site which enables you to share you to share your favourite links with other users. You can also search through al the links on del.icio.us using keywords. I got into it at first but soon lost interest, just because I don’t have much use for it.
Twitter: first there was blogging and then came nanoblogging. Twitter let’s you tell the whole world only one thing:”what are you doing right now ?”. If you are able to squeeze all that info into 140 characters … twitter definitely is worth checking out.
Last.fm: for all you music-fans out there .. this is the thing you have all been waiting for. Last.fm allows you to “scrobble” your tracks … which basicly means that it uploads all the info on the track that you are listening to your last.fm page. It displays your favourite artists, tracks, etc … but it doesn’t stop there. Last.fm will look for your music-neighbours (people that have the same taste in music) who’s page you can check out to discover new artists you like. You can also recommend songs to friends that are members of last.fm, see who which users will be at the next concert you attend, you can write journal entries that are connected to a song and finally you can even compose your own playlist and “station”. if you’re into music (who isn’t ?) this is definitely a thing to check out.
And now for the pièce de résistance … flickr: as an amateur-photographer I am very keen on Flickr, a service that not only provides you the storage to share all your shots and show them in a beautiful interface, it also gives you the ability to comment on pictures,add notes, and interact with other photography-enthousiasts in groups.
I would like to add somthing to this last one though … I love it … I adore it … but the name is not that dutch-friendly … I’ll keep it short and sweet. When meeting up with some other photographers here in Mechelen it’s not that obvious or easy to discuss the next “faggot-meeting”. Yes ladies and gentelmen … in flemish a “flikker” is a “faggot”.
This, however, is only a fraction of all the web 2.0 sites out there, which, I am sure, will change the way we interact through the web drasticly in years to come … the digital revolution is here …