Let’s backtrack to my history in web 2.0 to see whether I’m credible to talk about web 2.0.
I’ve been muddling around web 2.0 for years now, after started blogging in my MSN space. But that blog had just 2 entries and thus I don’t think I need to link it 😛 I then moved to Friendster Blogs and was blogging until about 2006. I then moved to Blogger. At this point of time I was still blogging in my mother tongue (Indonesian). After I moved to Singapore in 2006, a friend encouraged me to move to a self-hosted wordpress site. After messing around with sites, I firmly stay in My Grey World.
And this was the time when I knew about web 2.0. This was the video that made me understand what web 2.0 is.
I wrote about it here in my personal blog.
Anyway, after a while, I found out about ping.sg. It was initially a desperate plea to get traffic, but after that I found out about their shoutbox and through that, I joined their outings after outings and soon after online friends become personal offline friends. Yes apparently it can happen. Give me another post to talk about this later.
And after reading so much rave in ping.sg and other sites, I joined Twitter. And became addicted to it quite instantly. Especially for the fact that I can update it via phone/sms (provided I have enough credit for international sms – yes I still use pre-paid cards). Blogposts in my personal blog decreased – since posting short updates in blog is no longer necessary (which I did often actually). After Twitter, I joined the hype again : Plurk. It’s microblogging with conversation, perfect for me.
but I have discovered a lot of great sites (and great procrastinator tools) through it. Since I’m a music person, I also joined last.fm, and later a late adopter of imeem. I like to take pictures so I joined Flickr and even became a pro member, but I left it eventually since I realized I don’t really need it that much.
And what’s web 2.0 without Social Networking, yes? I adopted Friendster quite early, and it was the “in” thing when I was in high school. Along the way social networking sites sprouted out and I joined liveconnector, hi5, myspace, and maybe other sites I forgot. (you can see the list here) At SMU Facebook seemed to be the hype so I joined and quite hooked on it since. I make use of a lot of applications and I have about 400 (real) friends there.
So there you go. Web 2.0 and me.
The question is still unanswered though. So am I credible enough to talk about web 2.0?
My personal answer is : perhaps. Web 2.0 (or a bit narrower, social media/new media) consists of a lot of things and while all those things are extremely interesting and useful (in some sense), I don’t use them all.
Ask me something though, and I’ll be glad to share.