In high school, I mainly used Facebook, Instagram, Gmail, and Snapchat to build and strengthen my social networks with my friends, teachers and family. However, when I came to Rutgers, I realized how prevalent GroupMe was. GroupMe is a mobile application that connects people by mainly group chats. After three days in Rutgers, I was already in four group chats on GroupMe, which were for classes and clubs, that I avidly use.
I used to be unsure about why it is so popular in college; people could just use Facebook group chats instead. But now I realized that the reason could be because of how easy it was to create a group. For Facebook, you had to “friend” someone in order to add that person to a group. in GroupMe, all you have to do is add the contact number or search the name to add the person to the group chat. This difference in convenience is probably why GroupMe is so popular in college; when you meet so many people at once, there needs to be an easier way to contact people in groups. Compared to Facebook’s process, GroupMe’s process is simply faster.
Web 2.0 is a major upgrade from Web 1.0. There wasn’t so much going on in Web 1.0: intereactions were limited between the users and sites. For example, most of the time, people are only able to read things on the web; they couldn’t post anything to express their opinions. Web 2.0, however, encourages the communication absent in Web 1.0. Web 2.0 brings people closer by giving them the ability to share information on the web so other people can view and even post their own responses and reactions.
Every day I take advantage of the features Web 2.0 has. For example, I use YouTube very frequently, which allows me to watch videos that other people on the Web share. Without YouTube, I would’ve missed out on so much knowledge. Even Facebook supplies me with information on a regular basis, especially the news. I also share information on the web. I have a couple piano videos up on YouTube, and people are free to like, unlike, or comment their opinions. On Facebook, I sometime post helpful links that my friends could use. Web 2.0 plays an essential role in connecting people in the community.