When thinking about popular social networking sites Facebook and Twitter easily come to my mind. Facebook started in the US in 2004. It later made the option to change the language when users sign in to Spanish and eventually added many different languages as seen here:
Instead of making a separate site for users in different countries the have adapted their site to be instantly by a simple click of a mouse. This also allows users from different countries to be friends. I have friends in South America that are avid Facebook users that I am able to be friends with and interact with even though our Facebooks are set to different languages. Linkedin and Twitter also have multiple language options.
“In September 2006, 7% of Facebook’s 10 million active users were outside the USA. Today, 60% of its 63 million active users are.”
While Facebook is growing globally, according to bit.ly/MgaUHi the fourth most common social networking site is VK a Russian network. After I looked at vk.com, it appears to be similar to Facebook. It is the largest European social networking site and contains more than 100 million users.
For me, it is easy to assume the fact that these sites are popular globally because it is easy to change the site’s language setting.
Social networking sites are a common way to stay connected to users around the world but some countries have adapted their own way of stay present with web 2.0. In Africa citizens use cell phones more than they use computers. These phones do not look like the typical smart phone that is easily found here but they are used for many purposes that keep them safe and connect. The online banking on their phone has allowed areas of Africa to become much safer and less of a danger for being robbed.
Is there anything in web 2.0 in America that helps you feel safer?
Also in Africa schools are getting computers for classrooms. It is a part of a program that has a goal to let a child use their own computer to increase literacy and to increase their ability to keep up with advances of technology. However, some people see this program as controversial. It is argued that many of the schools have greater needs than the need to have access to computer programs. Some schools do not have simple necessities such as running water or bathroom. It is also disliked due to the lack of knowledge from the teacher to use the computers themselves. If a computer breaks of malfunctions there is often no help available to fix it.
Can you think of other problems that could be associated with this program? Do you think these problems are not great enough to stop the program? Are you for or against the program?
Web 2.0 has increased our ability for to be able o communicate with others all over the world. It also serves as a way to protect and improve our way of living. While some advances seem hard to organize than others there are many examples of successful networks.