Welcome to Web 2.0: An Overview of Online Social Networking

Claire Bradin Siskin   
Robert Henderson Language Media Center
University of Pittsburgh



I. What is Web 2.0?

II. Examples

  • Blogs & wikis
  • Twitter
  • Second Life
  • Video Sharing Services
  • “Sharing” tools
  • Social networking sites
  • Online communities
  • Chat
  • Podcasting
  • Other audio tools
  • Information management tools

III. How might these tools be used in ESL/EFL?

IV. Discussion

Blogs & Wikis
Second Life
Video Sharing Services
“Sharing” Tools
Social Networking Sites
Online Communities
Other Audio Tools
Google Tools
Information Management
Blogs & Wikis Resources for Blogs and Wikis  http://www.pitt.edu/~cbsiskin/ling2148/blogs&wikis.html
Twitter   micro-blogging service   http://www.twitter.com
Second Life 3-D virtual world   http://secondlife.com/
Sloodle connecting Second Life with Moodle http://www.sloodle.com/
Video Sharing services YouTube video sharing http://www.youtube.com/
TeacherTube videos by and for teachers http://www.teachertube.com
SciVee video presentations by scientists http://www.scivee.tv/
Other "sharing" tools Flickr photo sharing http://www.flickr.com/
share blog, photos, video, music http://multiply.com/
SlideShare share presentations on the web http://www.slideshare.net/
Shelfari interactive social media site for book lovers http://www.shelfari.com/
Social networking sites    Facebook  http://www.facebook.com/
LinkedIn  http://www.linkedin.com/
Orkut  http://www.orkut.com
Online communities Yahoo Groups  http://groups.yahoo.com/
Google Groups  http://groups.google.com/
TappedIn  http://tappedin.org/
Chat programs Yahoo Messenger  http://voice.yahoo.com/
AOL Instant Messenger  http://www.aim.com/
MSN Messenger  http://get.live.com/messenger/overview
iChat  http://www.apple.com/macosx/features/ichat/
Podcasting Podomatic  http://www.podomatic.com/
Odeo  http://odeo.com/


Other audio tools    
Skype Make "phone calls" over the Internet http://www.skype.com/
Chinswing global message board where anyone can add voice messages to ongoing topical discussions http://www.chinswing.com/
MyChingo audio comment system http://mychingo.com/
Vaestro audio forum software that you can use on your website http://www.vaestro.com/
YackPack connects group members with live talk and voice messages


VoiceThread place to collect images and annotate with voice http://voicethread.com/
Kadoink Interface between phone and web http://www.kadoink.com/
Google Tools   Google Calendar share appointments http://www.google.com/calendar/
Google Docs create, store and share text based documents From Google, click on "More" and select "Documents"

Google Spreadsheets

create, store and share spreadsheet documents From Google, click on "More" and select "Documents"
Managing information on the Internet

del.icio.us social bookmarks manager http://del.icio.us/
Technorati Internet search engine for searching blogs http://technorati.com/
Clipmarks tool for tagging, storing, organizing, and sharing snippets of Web pages http://www.clipmarks.com/
Pageflakes personalized web page http://www.pageflakes.com/
Wridea project management tool http://www.wridea.com/
For more Web 2 sites: http://www.go2web20.net/

Last revised: October 21, 2009