Welcome to the Internet age

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?

Waves in motion

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.

What is Web 2.0?

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

Riding the Wave

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.