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'Web 2.0 - The World in my Bedroom'

2013 – VOF WEEK 1 ASSIGNMENT
‘Web 2.0 – The World in my Bedroom’
What more can one say - it couldn’t have been better. With the emergence of digital media communications, the entire orbit is reduced into a mere global village!
Sometimes, when i reminiscent about my childhood days, i mean – when i was a teenager. It was really hard growing up. There were no other forms of communicating with friends, family and other close acquaintances. Except only through the letters we wrote and posted at the post offices. These, however, took ages to get to their destinations. Eventually, this stole the fun the desire to communicate and keeping –in-touch. Then, there were friends we made, really good friends – but we never did keep in touch because there was simply no way to do that. But today, anytime and anywhere i am connecting with friends, colleagues and family – courtesy of Web 2.0.
The importance and benefits of web 2.0 cannot be over emphasized.
A thousand and one women are able to connect, network, share experiences and learn good practices from one another simply by hooking-on to the web.
Knowledge – they say is power! This obviously is the information age. Lots of information are disseminated via web 2.0 and this has affected the lives of many women out there for the better. This is the greatest form of empowerment that ever existed in our time.
Great walls of barriers between us and our dreams have been shattered since the emergence of digital media communications. Women all over the world are adding the voices to the issues that confront them daily and are connecting with other women for feasible solutions to these thematic issues irrespective of culture, race and distance. Definitely, web 2.0 is our own platform whereby we can be heard, represented and connect with other women, everywhere and on the same issues.
Web 2.0 along with the other media gadgets can be empowering for me in the following ways;
Via Facebook – i connect easily with old time friends, corporate colleagues and acquaintances on a regular basis right from the comfort of my bedroom. Unlike the letter, on yahoo messenger, issues are tackled and responded to in good time rather than waiting to write a letter. This helps great deal in time response to issues.
Skype – on the other hand is another magic that thrills me a great deal. It makes everything real. You get to see the people you are communicating with, their actions and non-verbal mannerisms. This really goes a long way in determining the feedback.
Education and Training: It has never been this good. One doesn’t need to be in a formal class room to access education any longer. All you need to do is go on-line and via web – it’s yours truly.
Same thing applies to Social Entrepreneurs. Once on-line, anything can happen!
This really is the world right in the comfort of your bedroom! You tell me about it!

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aanurot's picture

I do remember the days of pen

I do remember the days of pen pals, post masters and stamps... it's fantastic that I can now keep my friends

Hilda's picture

Life Acquaintances

Sorry my response is a bit late.
I just want to state that there some friends we make in this journey of life who are even closer than family members. Such friends are life acquaintances and should not be discarded easily.

j3ssm3ss's picture

Personal and to the point

The world before emails and facebook now seems a very lonely and transient place doesn't it?? I love the fact you talk from personal experience - It's so easy for me to forget that once a upon a time (or for some, very recently!) our forms of communication were so limited. But more than just strengthening the links between friends and family who are far apart, I don't think you're exaggerating when you say the web is "the greatest form of empowerment that ever existed in our time." I would really like to hear more from you about the ways in which you have witnessed this so far in your community.

I also really like that you've mentioned some specific examples of how you connect with the world i.e. what online applications work for you. Even more, you highlight the possibilites the internet offers for education and social entrepreneurship - two very practical ways to empower women across the world. And all of it from the comfort of your bedroom! The convenience aspect is one not to be overlooked - a point you make really well!

Thanks for the entry, keep writing :)

Hilda's picture

Hi dear, When i talked about

Hi dear,
When i talked about web 2.0 strengthening the links between friends and families, it is a great deal for most of us who grew up in Africa some decades ago. You can't possibly imagine the stress of waiting for months when a member of the family embarks on a trip abroad and it takes about 3 months to be able to communicate his/her arrival at destination after conclusion of the trip. Were as, today within minutes, one is able to speak or mail one's family.

Talking about on-line trainings and applications that actually work for me, there are several search engines that have been very useful when it comes to searches. I love the Google engine search and this has made life very easy. All i need to do is Google the item i want to search and it is down loaded immediately, even courses and trainings. So, what are we saying.? All these happens right in your bedroom if you've got a laptop, note book or any of the tabloids with internet connectivity.

j3ssm3ss's picture

Personal and to the point

The world before emails and facebook now seems a very lonely and transient place doesn't it?? I love the fact you talk from personal experience - It's so easy for me to forget that once a upon a time (or for some, very recently!) our forms of communication were so limited. But more than just strengthening the links between friends and family who are far apart, I don't think you're exaggerating when you say the web is "the greatest form of empowerment that ever existed in our time." I would really like to hear more from you about the ways in which you have witnessed this so far in your community.

I also really like that you've mentioned some specific examples of how you connect with the world i.e. what online applications work for you. Even more, you highlight the possibilites the internet offers for education and social entrepreneurship - two very practical ways to empower women across the world. And all of it from the comfort of your bedroom! The convenience aspect is one not to be overlooked - a point you make really well!

Thanks for the entry, keep writing :)

innerdelight's picture

What a juicy title!

Hi Hilda,

I love your title and how you captured the essence of bringing the world into your own space so creatively!
I am sure many can relate to the days of writing letters, although the younger generation might wonder were we got the patience from;)

I love how you wrote:

"But today, anytime and anywhere i am connecting with friends, colleagues and family – courtesy of Web 2.0."

And how you share the many possibilities of bringing women together and how empowering this is. Education is now available to anyone as long as they have internet access.

"Knowledge – they say is power! This obviously is the information age. Lots of information are disseminated via web 2.0 and this has affected the lives of many women out there for the better. This is the greatest form of empowerment that ever existed in our time."

I also enjoyed reading your personal experiences with the various online options, like Skype, as you say:

"Skype – on the other hand is another magic that thrills me a great deal. It makes everything real. You get to see the people you are communicating with, their actions and non-verbal mannerisms."

So true!
Keep on writing and sharing your passion. I can see many women being inspired by you as you open them to the possibilities available!

joyful blessings,
Tina

Hilda's picture

Thank you

Dear Tina,

Thanks for commenting on my write-up. I'm very grateful for your candid assessment. Well, i was just being real with issues!
Thank you once again and keep reading.

Huge Regards,
Hilda

innerdelight's picture

My pleasure

Hi Hilda,
you're so welcome. I will keep on reading;)
Have a great day and happy writing and connecting from your bedroom!
joyful blessings,
Tina

Hilda's picture

Cheers!

Cheers!

Iffat Gill's picture

Dear Hilda,

Thank you for sharing such wonderful insight and such personal perspective. I liked your quote:

"Great walls of barriers between us and our dreams have been shattered since the emergence of digital media communications."

A lot of us might remember the time when we had to wait for a few weeks to months to get an answer to a letter written to a family member in a far off land. It is truly amazing how technology had made it possible for us to stay connected. I am also curious to know how Web 2.0 has empowered not just as an individual, but as a community leader. I am sure you will have a lot to share.

I look forward to read more of your work! Keep it up.
Kind regards,

Iffat Gill

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