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Fit the ‘new Web’ into your workplace

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You may have heard the phrase “Web 2.0.” The lingo refers to the collaborative way that many web sites are put together. Web 2.0 users choose the content. “The online community is now driving the information you see,” says tech guru Jim Spellos.

Examples: It’s like an online water-cooler conversation. Users post interesting news stories, blog entries and videos, then other readers vote for the stories they “digg.” You’ll see the best-ranked on the front page, or you can click on section pages to see the top stories in business, technology, science, etc. Like a clipping service, this web site allows you to bookmark and organize (using “tags”) everything you find on the Internet. Also, you can check out what other people are bookmarking and share your favorites with others. Similar to, this neatly organized site helps you bookmark and share web sites. Define what web sites or videos you’re interested in, and this site recommends others for you. You rate each suggestion with a “thumbs up” or “thumbs down.” It learns what you like, so it can make even better recommendations. Created by and for foodies, the site can direct you toward the best restaurants all over the country. Example: Need to find a good Thai restaurant in Washington, DC? A search for “Best Thai DC” brings up 22 replies. Upload, organize and share your photos. Example: You took photos at an admin conference, as did the 10 new friends you met there. After you’ve uploaded and tagged all your photos, Flickr allows you to form a group for the event, invite other attendees and allow them to upload and tag their photos. That way, you can all share memories (and faces) from the event.

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