How social media is changing our children

I came across some interesting videos about web2.0 and social media. One caught my eye relating to how the web was transforming the lives of children and teaching them tools and social skills that will affect their future.

For example it’s often quoted that children cannot read or write to the perceived standard, but as this video points out the average child has probably sent 1000′s of emails by the time they get to senior school, let alone all the video interaction, sms texts and blog entries. The language and grammer used may not be traditional, but maybe this is the way of the future. The web is changing the way all people and business communicate with each other. Everyone now holds against their head the power of a computer, send text messages to each other, upload video from their mobile phones to news agencies, blog about their thoughts and ideas/aspirations and contribute to many other ‘open’ community based systems on a WorldWide basis.

Kids these days really do have a rich collection of tools available to them so that they can interact and contribute to society. If Google hosts over 2.7 billion queries each month pehaps we should ask ourselves what happened to these ‘questions’ before google (BG)? They say that the average child only gets to ask one question every 10 hours at school, now they ask WikiPedia, Google, Ask and Yahoo 1000′s of questions. Children get to form their own opinions as to whether the answer is right or wrong – they can even contribute to the answer (Wiki’s, blog’s, etc.) and help others. All this was unheard of just a few years ago.

Children are now creating their own videos, podcasts and websites. They write code, use mashups and generally interact with the computer and technology on a constant basis. Hence the reason for the huge marketing budgets being put into this market place.

The Machine is Us/ing Us – What is this Web2.0 thing?

I’ve been looking at the finished web2.0 video on YouTube titled: “Web 2.0 in just under 5 minutes“. This title caught my eye, and I was not disappointed when I saw the video. Very neat and hits home very quickly what web2.0 and social engineering and interaction is all about.

It has some really good video techniques and shows details very quickly cramming in a lot of information in a very short time frame. Well worth a look if your interested in what’s happening in the web space at the moment.

Ajax tutorials and links

Articles

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Tutorials

Web 2.0

This is a world of blogs<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blogs>, wikis<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikis>, tags<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tags>, tag clouds<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tag_clouds> and rss feeds<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RSS_(file_format)>.

The ability of users toassign free terms to pieces of information as illustrated in webservices such as the photosharing site Flickr <http://www.flickr.com>,the bookmarking site Del.icio.us <http://del.icio.us> or the news siteDigg <http://www.digg.com>. Specifically, he described ‘ambientfindability’, the nexus of search, wayfinding, marketing, informationinteraction, literacy, librarianship, authority and culture.
This entry linked to Wikispaces page (interesting web 2.0 stuff)

AJAX: Usable Interactivity with Remote Scripting

AJAX: Usable Interactivity with Remote Scripting
By Cameron Adams
July 13th 2005

If your bookmarks contain even one Web development blog, you’ll undoubtedly know that remote scripting is being touted as the new ‘future of the Web’. Although I get the feeling that a few people are perhaps a little over-excited about it, the recent release of numerous high-profile Web applications that use remote scripting has shown that there are definite advantages to utilising these techniques in the creation of seamless Web applications, and to augment Web page functionality. This article aims to give you an introduction to the foundations of remote scripting, in particular, the emerging XMLHttpRequest protocol. We’ll then walk through an example application that demonstrates how to implement that protocol, while creating a usable interface.

The web article explains how the current flavour on the web is AJAX. AJAX is not really a new technology as such, but a mixture of Javascript and XML. In fact the XML part is optional. It’s a way of updaing a web page without the hassle for the user of the whole page having to be updated and refreshed – only parts of it. This is largely due to the flexibility of the DOM within IE, etc. Manipulating the DOM with Javascript having got a stream of data from a web server is ideal for client pull of data. The server sends the information and the client worries about where to display on the page, without having to refresh the whole web page.