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I am trying to compare testing the waters of Web 2.0 to being a swimmer and
deciding to ease into cold water rather than dive in headfirst. What would
be a series of steps analagous to dipping in one toe, then the other, etc.
Here is what I have so far:

Before even thinking about it, I would want to know what the heck Web
2.0was anyway. For this, I recommend the great YouTube film called The
Machine is Us/Ing Us, found at
This would be sort of like laying out your towel and applying
sunscreen.Idecided that first real step would be to find and follow
some good
educational or library related blogs. Using a blog aggregator such as
Bloglines would be dipping the other toe. Next would be to learn the
strengths and weaknesses of Wikipedia (one foot) and YouTube (the other).
Moving along with the analogy, I think that learning to use a social tagging
site such as would be next. This might be followed by wikis and
Nings. What next? If I were building a heirarchy of experiences, starting
with the easiest and moving along until one is fully immersed and swimming
with the big fish in the Web 2.0 waters, how would I proceed? Yep, I am
asking for ideas...And there will be a hit. I am already working on a blog
entry but will also share finished product here for those who are blocked
from getting to blogs. Thanks in advance for your ideas!--Mary Ann


"Try Curiosity!"--Dorothy Parker
Dr. Mary Ann Bell
Associate Professor
Sam Houston State University
A Member of the Texas State University System
Department of Library Science

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