The Wondrous Web 2.0 Experience.
I still recall the first time I sat in front of a computer. I was impressed by the colors and forms that materialized when I started typing bluntly, without any order, letters at the keyboard. Later on, it helped me having a basic knowledge of the software and hardware, to do my school homework using the word processor, and soon after I entered college, I became acquainted with this new idea of the Internet as a source of information for my research papers. At that moment, I couldn’t have even imagined the transcendental importance the web would attain in the future.
I could say without any hesitation, that what excites me the most of it, is to know that I’m not alone. The Web 2.0 has granted me the capacity to connect with the whole world, and I mean this literally (or should I say “cybernetic-ally”?). Even though I’m miles far away, I can get to know what it is happening around the globe. What is the most compelling about it, is that this happens almost instantly, at the same time things are actually happening. Not leaving behind, the part where I can share valuable and precious time with friends and family scattered all around the continents, by sending e-mails, chatting or videoconferencing. So who needs Dorothy’s famous ruby shoes clicking three times to start a voyage, when I can do that by clicking my mouse just once?
And how about we think of the Web 2.0 as our “Wonderful World of Us, Women”, where we can become free and united? I believe it gives us the capacity to recognize that we might be so far apart, have different color of skin, languages and physical context, but we all share the same concerns: our feelings, thoughts and visions awaken us to new realities, for that is what I think has happened to me. I have learned so many cultural aspects about people around the world, and also disturbing facts that have shaken my inner soul in a way I never had expected before. Google, Facebook, Twitter, digital media that has transcended by relating and bonding people from different nations. So we could take advantage of this, by using the social networking to expand our perspective and share points of view, something that is actually happening right now, at this very moment as I put into words these ideas, many online communities have been created, hopefully expecting a large percentage of them are related to giving us women, a new cyberspace to speak up and acquire a voice.
As a matter of fact, this takes me to the last topic, where I can express my gratitude towards having an opportunity with many possibilities (unimaginable ones), in the Web 2.0, the Social Media and Social Networking, for me to be courageous and start expressing myself and put to work my creativity and brains, to aim to pursue a better world for women all around the Cyberworld; to listen and be heard.