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the revolution is just beginning



Just a random thought floating around my head the last few days. Next month, I’m speaking about planning and implementing Library 2.0 at Computers in Libraries. Quite a few of my colleagues frequently talk about web 2.0, library 2.0, and similar types of “emerging trends” topics. And I have like 2000 different online accounts for everything from flickr to gobs of social networking sites to my various bad video endeavors.

But you know what? All this wicked cool stuff is still pretty new. Really. Here’s a sampling:

  • Blogging (the granddaddy) – term coined in 1997
  • RSS – created in 1999 (and we still can’t describe it very well)
  • Wikipedia – 2001
  • Flickr – 2002
  • MySpace – 2003
  • del.icio.us – 2003
  • Web 2.0 – 2004
  • Facebook – 2004
  • YouTube – 2005
  • skype – 2005
  • Library 2.0 – 2005
  • Twitter (the newest fun time-waster) – 2006

In my book, most of this stuff is still pretty new. Features change frequently, some are still considered to be “in beta,” and people are still figuring out what to do with them. Certainly libraries are right there – we have to figure out what to do with them both for staff and for public computer users.

So – that’s why this post is titled “the revolution is just beginning.” In three more years, it will look WAY different from what it does now.

And I can’t wait!

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  • http://www.goblin-cartoons.com/ joshua m. neff

    I can’t wait either! I have many moments these days when I realize we are living in the future. Just the language we use…imagine going back in time 20 years and telling someone, “I was posting on my blog the other day. I included an MP3 in the post and put a link to the Wikipedia entry on podcasting. Then, I logged into Second Life and changed the skin and hair color of my avatar.” Craziness!

  • http://www.goblin-cartoons.com joshua m. neff

    I can’t wait either! I have many moments these days when I realize we are living in the future. Just the language we use…imagine going back in time 20 years and telling someone, “I was posting on my blog the other day. I included an MP3 in the post and put a link to the Wikipedia entry on podcasting. Then, I logged into Second Life and changed the skin and hair color of my avatar.” Craziness!

  • http://mchabib.com/ Michael C. Habib

    Jyte – 2007 (an even newer and better time waster than Twitter.)

  • http://mchabib.com/ Michael C. Habib

    Jyte – 2007 (an even newer and better time waster than Twitter.)

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