The Web: A walk down memory lane

Today I revisited the evolution of the World Wide Web through the lens of its’ creator, Tim Berner-Lee.

He promised us the possibility of an online space to share knowledge, and a place for minds to collaborate. However, he generously gave us so much more. His vision transformed the Internet into a digital space for diverse, but like-minded individuals to form, develop, and grow. A place for networked groups to become interactive participants in spite of geographical distance.  Berner-Lee’s vision and contributions to computer mediated communications bring to mind Marshall McLuhan’s prophetic words: ” we shape our tools and thereafter our tools shape us” (1964).

And yes, we did discuss and consider the future of the web. Perhaps a “Semantic Web” that could link data in a more intelligent manner.

Understanding the New Web Era: Web 3.0, Linked Data, Semantic Web

Berner-Lee’s vision and ideals will live on, only time will tell the story of the Web’s future: “The bigger the opportunity offered by new tools, the less completely anyone can extrapolate the future from the previous shape of society” (Shirky, 2010, Cognitive Surplus).

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Building the Brand: Social networking for personal and professional success

Day 2 of #COMM506: Using and managing communication networks – aka: understanding social networks.

Today we had the pleasure of Dr. Raul Pacheco-Vega presenting his insights on how to balance your personal and professional profile online.

My take home thoughts:

  • people will only remember what they think is useful – define your online presence, it is your “footprint”
  • “be generous online”
  • online life is real – use social media to open personal and professional doors
  • note to self – “your professional self can be human”

Dr Pacheco-Vega can be found on:

Welcome

Welcome into my journey of blogging.

This site has been set up to share, reflect, and dialogue with others on my learning in the Masters of Communications and Technology program at the University of Alberta. I hope that whoever stumbles upon this site will find some value in my ramblings, and more importantly – share their thoughts with me.