The Grey Chronicles

2009.May.14

The Professional and Web 2.0



Previously, I have posted What’s the Fuss About Web 2.0? about how businesses used technologies that rely on user collaboration. This post will present avenues where a professional could use these same technologies to their advantage.

In this time of great economic crises, innovation on the part of professionals should not be relegated to the back burner. Web 2.0 can help professionals to find answers faster, connect with experts, use collective intelligence to share and improve ideas. There are a number of Web 2.0 application to increase the pace of innovation in whatever corporate scenario the professional is involved with.

http://www.linkedin.com/LinkedIn—for professional networking is a business-based social network site that allows registered users to keep and maintain professional contacts. If you have your friends in Facebook, your professional contacts would be much comfortable in this site than the other. This site allows for increased professional visibility and easy access to an expanded professional network. One can ask questions which goes to everyone in the immediate network and is available for anyone in LinkedIn to answer; and it connects you with others with similar expertise. Over 40 million professionals use LinkedIn to exchange information, ideas and opportunities!

TwitterTwitter—for micro communications is a blog service to express your thoughts in 140 characters and access to instant messaging and mobile texting with a community of followers. Professional used Twitter to ask questions to those who follow you when you need quick answers or advice.

flickrFlicker—for sharing visual information is a Yahoo site that allows you to upload of photos, tag them, and easily search and share them with the world. A picture in Flicker is really worth a thousand words! The site allows your photos to be limited to a private circle or publicly available to anyone.

YouTubeYouTube—for sharing video information also offers business educational videos aside from the usual entertainment. There are also academe professors posting their classroom lectures as well as product communities creating step-by-step tutorial and how-to videos to help each other learn. Cahill and Franke (2009) say “YouTube truly offers you free personal development.”

Google ReaderGoogle Reader—a great RSS reader which instead of seeking information on various websites, the information to which you subscribed flows to your reader the moment it is created. Google Reader uses RSS or Really Simple Syndication and it is much like building your personal newspaper entirely of personal interests.

ScribdScribd—for professional resources is a repository of several millions of books, manuals, presentations, videos, podcasts, and text-based resources for professionals in any endeavor: business, management, engineering, sciences and technology. Some resources offered are for personal development, say writing, web usage, or learning the basic or advance knowledge of just about anything.

WordPressWordPress—for professional blogs is one of blog sites hosting millions of professionals writing about and sharing their experiences, thoughts, ideas, and perception to captive audiences. Some blogs even generate new ideas from comments and replies. Others offer online tutorials and step-by-step how-tos.

Although the above list is not an exhaustive one, the professional is at a loss if these Web 2.0 applications are ignored for their advantage toward innovating during this trying economic times.


Notes:

This post is loosely based on this article: Cahill, Jim & Deborah Franke (2009). The World of Web 2.0, Control Engineering Asia. Singapore: Reed Business Information, Asia, March 2009. p. 18-20. back to text

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