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WEB 2.0 for Dummies

13 Aug

Am I the only one who thought that Doodle was just an iPhone app with this weird little alien jumping from platform to platform? That del.icio.us was a cooking blog? And Pandora the planet inhabited by the Na’vi in Avatar?

Yes? Oups! It’s high time for me to catch up with some of the Web 2.0 tools available.

After having randomly tested some of the tools hidden behind these mysterious names, I feel like I’ve just come out of a cave.

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How did I survive without all these amazing resources?

Here is a selection of my favourites that I intend to use on a regulars basis from now on:

GOOGLE READER

As I said in my previous post, I like fashion. I watch about 20 different blogs about streetsyle on a daily basis and I used to have them all classified in my favourite tab. It was really time-consuming to click on each link to see if a new article had been posted and not really handy.

 I always wondered what this RSS symbol meant and hallelujah it happens to lead to my salvation!

RSS (Really Simple Syndication) is a format used to syndicate news and other web content. Google reader enables me to grab these RSS feeds from the different blogs I’m interested in and display them for me to read without needing to visit each site individually.

New me: Save time and read even more blogs!

DOODLE

I think everyone is familiar with the hassle of having to plan a trip or a teamwork meeting. I usually spend hours or days calling and emailing my friends back and forth to find a convenient date.  I’m tired of having to hear about Pierre’s lunch scheduled with his Grandma on Sunday, Paul’s appointment with the dentist or Jacques’ hot-dog eating competition.

With Doodle I’m going to cut down on my paracetamol bill! It is really easy to use and you don’t even have to sign up.

The user simply creates a poll with different timeslots. Participants can then vote for the date and time that suit them, and the user can choose the best matches for the group.

New me: Less headaches, know less about my friends’ weird hobbies.

DROPBOX

I actually discovered this tool a week ago through a friend that wanted to get hold of the pictures I’ve been taking since I arrived in Australia.

Posting my photos on Facebook could have been an option but their definition would have been reduced. My USB key was too small to share all my pictures through one unique transfer and emailing wasn’t an option either since I would have had to send hundreds of emails to get all my files to her.

Using a Dropbox came to her as the best solution to exchange our pictures in a secure and fast way.

Dropbox is a tool that allows you to store your files and retrieve them whatever computer you are using. This is called cloud computing. You simply drag the documents you want to save in a folder and you connect to your Dropbox using any device anywhere in the world if you want to access them. The best thing about this tool is that you can easily share your recorded files by sending a link to your folder to any other users.

New me: Finally have some pictures of myself in Australia

The new super organized version of myself wishes you a nice day!

Here is a quick poll to have an idea of which tools are used the most:

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