My Web 2.0 Experience
What excites me most about Web 2.0 is that it is an access to all the media platforms like Blogs, search engines, Face book, Twitter, Wikis, video sharing sites like YouTube, interactive news sites and Google maps. With these platforms each member of the society is able to fit in any group and be able to discuss with their peers, which makes it easy for a person to open up. In other words it allows you to participate in the display and consumption of content and also to interact with different people online. I am particularly excited because it empowers one to be able to react/respond to issues arising, it is user-driven, and gives access to real time information.
For so long a time women have been sandwiched to the extent that society has rendered them voiceless regardless of situations that they are in. But the advent of Web 2.0 platform, women can now speak for themselves, in other words they are empowered in accessing information, they can join networks and online social groups, where they interact with professionals in different fields. It has brought about a transformation in the lives of women through connections world over via digital media like face book, twitter etc. Web 2.0 permits women share things previously they could not tell any one, Some get comfort from reading about others that have the same problems as theirs which brings healing to them spiritually, emotionally which uplifts their confidence.
It is already empowering me by the mere fact that I was able to get connected to World Pulse, recommended by Grace Ikirimat (2011 VOF correspondent and Vocal contributor) a friend of mine on face book. It is an open book for me where I get to read and hear from women all over the world and will continue to empower me by permitting me to get to know more women around the world and learn from them. The mere fact that I am working with a media industry, though not in the mainstream news gathering, I have witnessed story ideas/tips trashed because they did not have “STORY IN IT” this tool will empower me to tell these stories to world through these platforms. I am encouraged and strong because I can air my views without fear. I wish to pass that on to any woman who may be in the same predicament as I once was and that is empowering for me.