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Web 2.0 is about a lot more interactivity and breaking down of power 
structure. Some of what was potential in the Web 1.x has become reality in 2

Blogging makes is easy for anyone to have a voice online. While 'anyone' 
could have built a webpage, and changed it as often as they wanted, the 
reality was it was a multi-step process, involving multiple types of 
software and usually involved some outlay of cash. While there are ways 
to simplify the process, it was/ is still too complicated to entice the 
average web user to join in .

Part of the attraction of blogging is connecting with others. Linking to 
someone else's output and adding your POV or opinion or just sharing it 
in a slightly different circle. Letting the orig poster know you 
discussed their post is a one-click (trackback) acknowledgment.

Wikis and to a large extent CMS let all of a similar mind join in and 
share their input for a common good. The social group can be huge 
(Wikipedia), or small (a wiki  for working on 7th grade SS curriculum).  
In either case, not only the members, but the general public can use / 
read the data. Somewhere in there is the 'long-tail' phenomenon; Sally 
talks about something, I add to it, someone else points to mine (linked 
to Sally's), a parent grabs it and sends it to their group, and 
somewhere along the way Sally winds up with another new subscriber. In 
Listserv land, it takes a concentrated effort to find out what everyone 
is thinking about some new title or censoring effort. Think about how 
little crosstalk there is between LM-Net, YALSA, your state LM org, 
technology lists (like say, Follett-Talk), and LMS students, or even our 
own students. And how often someone says 'I looked in the archives, but...'.

Actually, the closest old web component that is '2.0' are the public 
bookmarks like ikeepbookmarks. They tend to be more like personal, but 
sharable directories.  The new versions (, Technorati, Furl, 
etc) make the sharing automatic. We can blog, then use either the 
categories (built into blog software) or tags to label the topics. These 
tags are automatically shared by the software. You label a site 
'curriculum' and it is automatically added to the pool of everyone 
else's sites labeled curriculum. And then there are multiple ways for 
other readers to get updated on any new sites tagged as curriculum. 

Which brings up RSS and the readers like bloglines or the addins that 
work in email: Any blog and some wikis, any category or tag or new 
article or change in an article, you get notified. And it doesn't have 
to be a blog to add RSS; news sites, our online databases, forums, even 
listservs have that feature built in.

So, imagine this- School Content Management Software that can notify the 
kids (maybe even in their m*sp*c* account or  via cell)  automatically 
when you have added something to your site like a list of new books, an 
updated summer reading list, a new resource guide. Or imagine that kind 
of connectivity for your teachers and parents. Book reviews, grades, 
assignments, homework help, running out of lunch money, letters from the 

Also, the nature of the beast that is Listserv is that it is monolithic. 
I (and three others)  moderate Edtech <> Listserv - 
Now, 99%+ we just check for formatting and pass it through, however, we 
have our hot button topics, just as LM-Net does. And then we talk with 
the poster to make it fit our institution and our list's guidelines. We 
can also cut off the conversation when it wanders off those guidelines. 
However, many of our frequent posters, just as here at LM-Net, have 
educational interests beyond the scope of those lists. Or opinions that 
irritate. With a blog, they / we can extend the conversation started, 
further the thoughts, expand the debate with those who want. Also, each 
of their blogs/sites can focus on their specific interests, anyone can 
join the conversation or subscribe, or find by searching through many 
regular engines.  Also, where does the group go if Peter or the 
sponsoring organization couldn't continue?

My blog gets about 300 hits a day, though through RSS you don't even 
have to go to the site to read it. The hits are often  through other 
blogs that note something I said and link back, through email list 
conversations, and through search engines. When I get geeky, the weblog 
shows me where they came from, how long, what else they looked at, and 
what link they clicked on their way out.  Lots of college students, lots 
of hits through and Technorati, many from search engine hit 
lists, many from a post here, a few from the archives.

Before listserv, there was Usenet, Compuserv - compared to writing 
papers or letters, great interconnectivity. But really would be hard 
pressed to call them web 2.0.

Remember that tagline: 'Technology will never replace teachers;  but 
those who use technology will replace those who do not'. Just as there 
are many librarians not on this list (and probably some who 'don't do 
email'), there are many librarians who don't do RSS, read blogs or 
wikis. Now. But remember those hits through college servers?

Robert Eiffert
Librarian, Pacific MS  Vancouver WA
Librarian in the Middle Blog:

"The state can't give you free speech, and the state can't take it away. You're 
born with it, like your eyes, like your ears. Freedom is something you assume, then 
you wait for someone to try to take it away. The degree to which you resist is the 
degree to which you are free..." - Utah Phillips

>Deborah  Stafford said:  
>it occurred to me that our own LM_NET,
>while "old technology" was/is ahead of it's time. I am thinking that
>is actually very Web 2.0.

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