Sunday, January 13, 2008

Have spent some time looking at new and innovative online applications and tools. The first was Zoho writer, a web-based word processing tool, that allows users to create and share documents over the net without specific installations.

I also chose to explore meebo and Ning, two award winners from the 2007 Web 2.0 Awards list.

Meebo is an instant messaging service that allows you to IM from wherever you are, regardless of what software you are using. The ramifications of this are incredible. Many library reference services now are using meebo to enable their patrons to IM them regardless of which provider they are using.

Ning allows users to incorporate many of the new Web 2.0 tools into a website, encouraging social networking. The Beyond the Hype: Web 2.o website is a great example of this, and allows users to chat, post to forums, develop widgits, badges and encourages users to explore the new technology.

To see many of the new Web 2.0 innovative websites

better go...

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