about Web 2.0

social networking. Be the media!


Web 2.0’ is a pretty fuzzy and controversial term, but still one which describes the change in the internet that was going on around 2003/2004. Already existing tools were increasingly used for “Content syndication” and “many to many broadcasting”.
created content (author) >< content syndication (reader)
making news (any media type) available on any communication device with internet access

Open Firefox web browser (several tabs). Which websites are you visiting frequently (news, videos, information, auctions)? – everyone shows a site → Look for the RSS symbol  

example sites for ‘Web 2.0’
www.wikipedia.org select your language

We use such facilities as well: we.riseup.net and delicious.com


List of social networking websites
Many people are so enthusiastic about the possiblities to share information and media, that they put their created content under the Creative commons license, instead of copyright, which makes it usable for everyone.

What online accounts (yahoo, msn…) do you already have? search for RSS services

Really Simple Syndication – RSS

also ‘Rich Site Summary’
about RSS
based on XML – Extensible Markup Language, similar to HTML. difference: just describes structure (not layout)
XML, RDF, RSS, Atom, … glossary
RSS document: web feed, news feed, feed
text tutorial: Introduction to RSS
RSS for total newbies

  • works with all media types: text, image, audio, video and many technical internet standards (RFC)
  • content of RSS feed
    image (title, url, link / width-height, description)
    item (title, link, description)
    … and it’s possible to extend, depending on the RSS type

RSS Reader

software programm: News Aggregator, Feed Reader, Client

web-based RSS reader: www.bloglines.com :: newsgator.com :: netvibes.com :: reader.google.com

desktop-based RSS reader or client: e.g. Liferea – consider a personal account on linux


Create your personal news magazine

after the course:
tutorial 1 about RSS, web-based feed readers, clients, adding a feed
tutorial 2

You can also receive a web feed, which bring you audio or video (Podcast) e.g. ourmedia.org

Weblog – Blog – software and hosts

What is a Blog? difference between websites and blogs

You want to create a blog? – checklist
What is your intention? make a list of similar blogs
Which media type you want to use? beside text entries (pics, videos.. → prepare media for the web)


Consider limited webspace: combine with flickr.com | myvideo | videoportals list 1 und list 2 etc.

desktop-based (consider to create your own user account on a linux machine)

b2evolution, Battle Blog, Blogger, dasBlog, DotClear, FlatPress, Geeklog, Jlog, LifeType, Loudblog, Movable Type, NucleusCMS, Pivot, PSG, Serendipity, typo, Wheatblog, WikyBlog, Wordpress
compare them all features and languages (via webmatrix)
developer-hosted services

legacy&privacy copyright issues , see blogging consequences

expandable: e.g. Design more templates


Search engines for weblogs

online course: Blogs, Wikis, New Media for Learning of Utah State University, Spring 2006

Press and Media

  • Freie Software, freies Afrika? Soenke Zehle 10.02.2009 in Telepolis. german.
  • Blogging, Development, and Africa (audio file)
  • Rising Voices, an outreach initiative of Global Voices, aims to help bring new voices from new communities and speaking new languages to the global conversation by providing resources and funding to local groups reaching out to underrepresented communities.