What is Web 2.0?
The term Web 2.0 is associated with web applications that facilitate blogging, social networking/media, forums, wikis, video sharing, webcams, and file sharing, etc. It is built for the user to generate that content in a community framework.
Most people accosciate the term ‘Web 2.0’ with Facebook, blogs and twitter and consider them time-wasters, while this can be true there are a number of ‘web 2.0’ tools that exists that can help the end user maintain a level of productivity.
How can Web 2.0 Boost Productivity?
Over the duration of my academic years I have come across and tested my fair share of Web 2.0 tools in hopes that they will increase productivity levels. I will give some examples of them, and the ‘whys’ and ‘hows’ it has helped me in my quest to achieve an efficiency in my work and in term hopefully help yours.
Social media can take up a lot of time. But there are tools and techniques that can help you be more productive in your social media activities. For example, setting goals. Using social networks such as blogs, twitter and even Facebook as a place to publicly broadcast your ‘to do list’ or goals is a great method of motivation. Posting my goals on Facebook has helped me boost my productivity levels in a way due to that friends will encourage or ‘Like’ your posts. I tend to find myself reading others wall post on Facebook to see how much study or work they have done and it builds up a form of ‘competition’ in a sense to get motivated.
The use of blogs and other information sharing social networks such as wikis have built a path into a coined term known as ‘E-learning‘. E-Learning is a great resource as most information is posted online, and through the use of collaborative Web 2.0 tools learning becomes more enjoyable and efficient thus improving personal productivity.
I have used Dropbox since beginning my university degree in 2010. Dropbox is a great web 2.0 application that stores files online and syncs all your files between all devices with Dropbox installed. Dropbox is multi-platform thus meaning it is compatible with Windows, Mac OS and Linux. Applications have also been developed for mobile devices such as iOS and Android phones. Dropbox offers great group and team sharing features and uses 256-bit AES encryption, it also includes deleted file recovery and version control for up-to 30days as well as an event log.
A shared Dropbox folder can be created, this is a very useful feature when doing group work as the whole group have access to files which they too can read, write and edit. This can greatly improve productivity within group work, this is primarily due to that collaboration is now easily performed and files can be kept and backed up in one place and shared with ease.
Other Great Web 2.0 tools to check out
For further information on the uses of Web 2.0 to increase productivity. As a Enterprise 2.0 consultant I would recommend checking out the below link to watch a short video on how to incorporate some web 2.0 technologies into the business spectrum.