Some difficulty I had at first was choosing my question. Our research topic question had to be a question that couldn’t be easily answered. Another problem I had was that after I finally chose my question it was to big. So I had to bring it down a bit and focus on a type of category, for example I’m doing a question on the music industry. Some strategies I used upon choosing my question was trying to focus on a something that I like and that is very interesting. In class after I chose my question I found the brainstorming exercise very helpful and gave me an idea how to break down my question. A question I have is do we have limit on website we can reference and other then wikipedia what other website we cant reference.
For me Wikipedia is an important website and one of the top sites I visit. When I first started searching for information, I noticed that Wikipedia was almost always one of the links for my information. In the article by Baker, Charms of Wikipedia he explains how it was started and helped people self teach themselves about different topics. Wikipedia is very useful but sometimes hard to believe. Most articles in Wikipedia are on point to the information you are looking for, but others articles have been vandalized. A very interesting part of Wikipedia is that anyone can add information to it. This can be a positive or a negative aspect. It can be positive by others helping to contribute to the articles, not one person can keep updating everything. The negative part is simple, people can lie on the article and make others lose trust in Wikipedia. But I find Wikipedia very useful and have used it to do many research projects or papers.
Web 2.0 changed the face of the internet in various ways, some rather more dramatically. Before Web 2.0 we had Web 1.0 which where sites like Encyclopedia Britannica (we were encouraged to use this in elementary school)-where information has been verified, accurate and stored on the web, unlike Wikipedia which is considered Web 2.0 is a networking site where anyone can add to existing information. Web 2.0 engages two servers, it allows interaction, feedback, tags, and comments on uploads on the internet, it can be accessed and saved by anyone, some examples would be blogger, flickr and massive social networking site facebook. Web 2.0 is also an easy way for companies to interact with their customers, sites such as ebay uses the method paypal where two customers interact through credit card payment.
Web 2.0 has been a profit for companies such as google adsense, if a specific blog is getting tremendous amounts of views and feedback-google will retrieve that and request to add advertisement in that specific blog site (of course both the advertiser and the blogger will make profit). Other ways Web 2.0 is used is –Google Earth and Google Docs (allows files to open and be shared with anyone-PDF files for example). My brother actually uses a web 2.0 content-a networking site called myport80, it allows students to interact and discuss research of their own and others, participate in research forums, share photos and interact with teachers and professors. Web 2.0 has indeed created a major “networking platform” but only because users add value; without them Web 2.0 is nothing!
Reading: Web 2.0 (Wikipedia), Baker