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Web 2.0, my meet and write place

I never thought I could be excited about Web 2.0, in fact I knew nothing about this term, until this assignment. My poetry is something I have been writing for a long time, and I have always been claiming that I will eventually make time to publish it. Facebook and skype at first fascinated me. I could post my poems as notes, a feature I cherish to this day. I can safely say that outside of my single performance at the Sisters Open Mic session, in Harare’s Book Cafe, it was the first time that people actually read my stuff. I received feedback and got more inspired to write. I discovered chat, real conversations with real people. The internet is a forum where I am in control. I generate content, other users participate. The world is progressing daily; and I am up to speed with current events.

Information is power; women all over the world now communicate about issues that affect them, and how to overcome them. Women can be educated on their rights and the ways in which they can be empowered. The internet is a catalyst of change. It creates opportunities for women, to make money and empower themselves financially. I believe that information and access to it are key(s) to survival and performance, an important aspect in empowerment issues. The use of the internet as opposed to the website and intranet ensures information is not controlled from a central point, but is decentralised, encouraging participation of all involved. We now have a chance to change societies outside of the constraints of resources. Limitations of time, costs, and distance are phased away at the click of a button. It is a platform that can be used to raise funds to finance various projects. Of importance, women that have been involved in the development of Web 2.0 contribute to the global movement of women’s empowerment in many ways. They are mentors for other women. These women made it in a male dominated industry. They are directly contributing to the benefits that we get from use of Web 2.0. Of special mention are Marrisa Mayer, Google Vice President of Search Products and Rashma Sinha, the CEO and founder of Slide Share. Both are programmes are a part of the movement from static HTML to dynamic web, a development indispensable to the global movement for women’s empowerment.

I now can communicate to family and friends about my life directly (via chat, emails) or indirectly via my status updates. The web has given me an opportunity to discover information about scholarships available for the common Africa woman; I found my current job via an internet search. I met new colleagues and friends via the internet, and they have added value to my life. Web 2.0, my meet and my write place, I am the author, the editor and the publisher.

Comments

katyrdz's picture

inspiration

Hi Gertrude! Like you said in your writing, what I most love about the internet is that it is descentralized and we can each keep control on what we publish and how we publish it. We now have an opportunity to get our voice out there to a wider audience at a practically very low cost! Without the internet I would'nt be able to read your wonderful poems!

Gertrude Bvindi's picture

WonderfulPoems? thank you

WonderfulPoems? thank you very much. I ma smiling right now and glad that i have managed to reach you and some other people with my poetry. Just wish i could get it to speak to someone. Thank you.

Gertrude Bvindi

MaDube's picture

Great post

And you say you have a problem with expressing yourself? I think you underestimate your own capabilities and that should end today. Anyway who is to judge when you are the author, the editor and the publisher. Those who like the post will read and complement you like I am doing and those who don't can just move quietly to the next thing. But you just keep writing, they are your words and somewhere, somehow they will help someone find light in a dark tunnel!

Gertrude Bvindi's picture

Thank you

Well thank you very much, again i am smiling and feeling silly for understimatingv myself. And hey thanks to the internet i ahve you to say as much and to build my spirits.

Gertrude Bvindi

Teresa Temweka's picture

Encouraging

You are right, web 2.0 gives one the edge to exercise ones power. As you said, one can be the author, editor and publisher.no one can stop you. Look you are a great poet and i think using the web, one day something great will happen in your life. remember, many people can read what you write for example on your blog, it would be the best place to exercise the power to publish.

Teresa

Gertrude Bvindi's picture

Thank you

Thanks very much Teresa, i will be sure to look out for opportunities that will help me out in that regard. I feel a great sense of power, being able to reach people. its quite exhilarating, and thank you very much.

Trudy

Gertrude Bvindi

Maggs's picture

Demystified indeed

Isn't it great that information gathering and dissemination is no longer the preserve of a few...now we can all partake and define our reality.

maggs

Gertrude Bvindi's picture

Demystified!

I like the sound of that. It is howver very true, and thats what Madube alluded to in her very own piece.
Thank you for taking time to read!

Gertrude Bvindi

Julie Tomlin's picture

Enthusiasm and style

Your command of language really comes across in this as well as your enthusiasm about the use of social media to make your voice heard and that of others. Look forward to hearing more.

Yours,
Julie

@julietomlin

Gertrude Bvindi's picture

Thank You

Thanks Julie, i have been skeptical about my writing and how my pieces might appear to others, but i seem to be getting pretty positive comments which in encouraging. Thank you very much. I be sure to write some more.

Gertrude Bvindi

stephaniecubbon's picture

Hi Gertrude, Great post! I

Hi Gertrude,
Great post! I really liked the personal nature of the post. You did a great job of using your own story and experience to express the importance and significance of Web 2.0. I hope that you will also use the World Pulse forum to share some of your poetry!
Sincerely,
Stephanie

Gertrude Bvindi's picture

Thank you

Hey stephanie, thanks very much. I try to use my poems every now and then on my journal, and i really want to try and get a more composed script with all of them. Thank you very much!

Gertrude Bvindi

Dear Gertrude,
Your writing is compelling and inspiring. You so get it! You understand at a young age that the internet affords you a level of control, power and freedom that I could only have dreamed about when I was your age. The internet is, indeed, "a catalyst for change". In my heart, I feel that you grasp that understanding and that you will run with it and make it so. I could see you becoming one of those 'mentors for other women" that you mention in your assignment. Keep writing, keep believing that YOU can make a difference. I believe in you!
Yours,
Ann

Gertrude Bvindi's picture

Thanks for believeing in me

Thank you very much for believing in me, i wa sjust thinking about this yesterday, what i could possibly do with my experiences to help other people. I know i have written a lot of poetry that might make people cry etc, but the thing is i want to do something that will compell them to look out for themselves and really work aganist emotional abuse. I think by the time i write my last assignment, which has got me thinking, i will have figured it out. Thank you for believing inme.

Trudy

Gertrude Bvindi

bluepearl2001's picture

Believe!

Glad to hear from you, Trudy. There is always something that we can do, either collectively or as one individual. Even if it just to be kind or bring a smile to someone's day. And it doesn't always have to involve a huge effort or project. We never know when even the simplest thing will change a person's life.
Best to you!

Gertrude Bvindi's picture

Thanks again,**smiling**

Thanks again,**smiling**

Gertrude Bvindi

Chioma Agwuegbo's picture

You are the author, the

You are the author, the editor, and the publisher! You go girl!! Indeed you are, that's the empowerment the internet and web 2.0 give! I must say I like the assertiveness each of your sentences have, very direct and confident. That's very good...
Well done Gertrude...

CNCA
@chiomachuka on Twitter

Gertrude Bvindi's picture

Thanks

Thanks you very much, i now need help to put that confidence and directness into action.

Gertrude Bvindi

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