Social Networking and Society

We as a society are profoundly affected by social networking each and every single day. When we wake up, we check instagram, Facebook, and snapchat. We text our friends, and then we get out of bed. We snap our morning commutes, and post to instagram about our fun nights out, and get our news and local information from Facebook. These social networks have completely embedded themselves in our society as fundamental pillars. We can no longer live without social networks, because they are our now way of communicating and in a certain way, our way or living. We live two lives now, our real one, and our online one, and that to me is scary.

It’ll be interesting to see how these two lives continue to blend, or separate, and how we will handle this transition.

Why does Web 2.0 matter?

Web 2.0 is something that we are still experiencing the evolution of. The way that the ushering in of Web 2.0 changed our world was unprecedented by all definitions. Web 2.0 allowed for millions of users to create their own content in this new digital frontier. Concepts like social media, crowdsourcing, the collection and analysis of data, and so much more became a possibility with Web 2.0.

One concept regarding Web 2.0 that I found particularly interesting was O’Reilly’s principles of Web 2.0. The idea of this intelligent web being at the center of everything, harnessing and collecting intelligence from us and redistributing it in many different ways. The first was web as a platform. This meant that business could go to the web as a place to do work. The second was the idea that data is the intel inside, this concept meant that we could get large amounts of data from user contribution. The Third was the death of the software release cycle, where software would get annual updates, and what came out of that was the idea of iterative and constantly improving software. The fourth was the idea of light weight programming models that could be implemented over the web, ultimately allowing the use of web apps to catch on. The fifth was the concept of software running above a single device, this would allow companies like Facebook to produce their software on all platforms and devices through the web. And finally, the idea of a graphical interface on the internet, that thanks to advancements in infrastructure and computing power, websites could be much more media rich than before, when text would dominate.

Web 2.0 matters for these reasons and many more that are still being realized to this day.