Instrument of change
Web 2.0 has brought a new dimension to the internet; it has made browsing an enjoyable experience. I am starting to feel like an IT experts as I find it sensational that its tools or applications are user friendly as I do not need intensive IT training to operate them, they are easy to set up and user friendly. It has destroyed static limitations in web replacing it with freedom and flexibility. I find it interesting that I could be heard from a thousand miles and I was not even shouting, engaging in discussions and collaboration with friends and family. That I was able to add to or interact with the information is also incredible. As a lady involved in business, I find it breathtaking that I can make online purchases from different countries while eliminating travel expenses. It is even more electrifying that I could share pictures and videos with friends.
I find it very convenient that it can be accessed anytime and anywhere with an increased feeling of ownership when used. Another interesting thing about web 2.0 is the learning atmosphere it provides; I have been able to access education from different universities around the world. I connect with people from different parts of the world. I find it exciting that web 2.0 has encouraged social media enough for the Nigerian government encouraging provision for special adviser on social media among its cabinet; it is a tool for revolution.
I think the best feature of web 2.0 is its accessibility on the non-computer devices especially the mobile phones; this feature was particularly efficient in my country Nigeria during the fuel subsidy crisis as it was used to dissimilate information especially among young people.
Global women movements can use web 2 to motivate and encourage fellow women. Web 2.0 therefore will provide the stage on which every woman can present her story with the assurance of being heard. It will also serve as means of communication between women and the movement. It will empower them to mentor great women advocates as I believe that all institutions should be founded on the belief that it should outlive its founder. Education is no longer limited to the four walls of a classroom, women movements can now equip women from different backgrounds with the necessary training and awareness updates without the limit of the distance.
Just recently, a television video interview with a senior civil servant in my country was posted on Youtube and it aroused a lot of attention. I find it very exciting that the web is flexible enough to give me access to other people’s views, thoughts and experience as I intend to organize online support group where women in similar situations especially in my country can share advice and experience without being ostracized. I am very hopeful that web 2.0 and its application will be elements of change before and during the next general election in Nigeria. Its relevance cannot be underestimated considering the vast communication it provides.