From humble beginnings, built to keep friends in touch during university, Facebook has grown exponentially and is part of life for millions of people around the globe. This great graphic, created for Mashable, gives an overview of Facebook facts and figures.
Visualising 6 years of Facebook
Beaker’s ballad looks at the way responses to events happen in the ever evolving world that is the Internet.
So, a few of us have been having a play with Google’s latest toy, Google Wave. We’re wondering how it might shake things up in the library world. Once it’s released from it’s initial test phase (which, apparently, has already grown to include 1 million users!), it looks like it will be able to offer an environment that facilitates virtual collaboration for libraries and their community of users though instant messaging, email and the ability to share links and files. Libraries are already involved in undertaking similar initiatives such as AskNow which is hosted by the National Library of Australia.
There are a few interesting applications already out there which could be useful for this kind of collaboration, such as bots which allow you to search Amazon, search for ISBNs to retrieve cover art (though this is currently limited to O’Reilly titles) and even Igor, a citation bot. You can watch Igor in action here (though there’s no sound).
Interested and want to get a piece of the action? You can sign up for a Google Wave invite here or, failing that, beg one of your hip techy friends for an invite ;-)
But the big question is, will the Wave dance will catch on?
Where the average U.S. citizen spends up to 68 hours per month using the Internet both at home and at work (with almost 5 and a half hours spent using Facebook), a statistic that is rapidly catching up to TV viewing time.
Where there were approximately 8.4 million active internet subscribers in Australia (as at the end of June 2009, according to the ABS).
Where broadband access has been declared a legal right in Finland, with providers having to supply all users with access speeds of at least 1 Mbps, with the aim of increasing speeds up to 100 Mbps by 2015.
What’s next for connectivity? How else will Internet usage impact on our habits and lifestyles?
Having briefly looked at Google Wave, it’s been interesting to follow conversations happening with people who are currently using the beta version and to get a bit of a look in to what people are envisaging they might be able to use Google Wave for.
I’m looking forward to getting to grips with this emerging technology when it finally surfaces from betadom.
This video has been around for a while but it nicely sums up some of the underlying ideas of Web 2.0, as well as hinting at the kinds of issues that new developments in technology will bring. I particularly like the video’s distinction between form and content – RDA eat your heart out!
Presentation developed by Dr. Michael Wesch, Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology and Digital Ethnography, Kansas State University
Currently in the Google test shed is Google Wave, a new hosted integrated communications suite. It is designed to facilitate real time communication and incorporates features such as email, calendars/scheduling with mutliple participants, link and file sharing as well as in-line editing of documents by multiple users. It also has a “playback” feature so that users who join the “wave” (the name for each communication) at a later stage in the conversation can be brought quickly up to speed with the wave’s history.
Google Wave has a range of developer built gadgets and bots that can assist users in riding the wave. For example, there are bots to interface with other services (such as Twitter), or ones that can translate text in real time. You can even publish directly from your wave to your (Blogger) blog and repsonses to your wave (on the blog or in-wave) will automatically update in both the wave and blog spaces. More information about these features can be seen in this video.
The code behind Google Wave will be made open source to encourage further user-driven enchancements.
As most of you will be aware, there is a lot happening in Victoria, and in other parts of Australia, with wild bushfires burning. Staying up to date with all of the details as they happen can be hard but Web 2.0 applications such as Twitter have proved very useful in providing quick access to this information and applications like Facebook have given people access to information on the numerous ways that we can get involved to help those in need. The New Matilda has a really interesting article on the use of these applications to spread the word here.