A Web of Participation

People like Josiah — techn-savvy, comfortable with technologies they grew up with and harboring zero fear of hacking and modifying them to their own requirements — expect that they can communicate either in real-time with friends or in non-real-time by customizing their online spaces. To do so, Josiah simply leveraged tools and approaches that are readily available (like RSS syndication), to mold, shape and modify what is offered in order to serve him. This as opposed to waiting for someone to anticipate his needs, decide for him what’s important, and deliver it to him someday.

Read Steve Borsch’s The Rise of the Participation Culture with commentary from ZDNet. On topic: User-generated Sites Define This Era of the Web from the Read/Write Web

Previously from WNM:
The “Networked Generation” is reshaping media
Generation(I)M, taking “On Demand” to another level
The user-centered web is ruled by teenagers
Blogging for Dollars and the Architecture of Participation
Web participation can lead “offline” participation

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Filed under A Culture of Participation, Digital Commons, Networks, Social Media, Technology, our Mirror, User generated content, Virtual Communities, web 2.0

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