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Cubetree was founded in 2008 and is backed by Mitch Kapor and Trinity Ventures. CubeTree, the collaboration suite built on an enterprise social networking platform.

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CubeTree is an enterprise suite and it looks like the thing you might have already seen in Facebook and FreindFeed. With CubeTree, employees can share ideas across their organization, get feedback from people and find thought leaders. In addition to empowering employees, CubeTree also includes policy controls that give IT administrators the ability to ensure the product complies with corporate policies. It is delivered as a software service and is designed for enterprises ranging from start-ups to global companies.

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Across the internet there are a considerable of numbers of collaboration tools. These tools provide effective methods for users to share several things such as files, folders and photos etc. Here are some of free online collaboration tools:

  • Google Wave – an online tool for real-time communication and collaboration. A wave can be both a conversation and a document where people can discuss and work together using richly formatted text, photos, videos, maps and so on.
  • DimDim –  DimDim, an open-source meeting platform, offers web users a truly money-saving experience, with up to 20 users able to view a presentation, three of them with microphone access, with no software installations required. It’s a nice step up if you need something a little more professional than a social video chat room, and is surprisingly responsive on freehand drawing, text, audio, and  screencasting across a variety of connection speeds.
  • EditGrid – EditGrid is a web-based application that works a lot like Microsoft Excel. Special features include sharing, collaborating, and publishing capabilities.
  • Palbee – Palbee is a free video conferencing tool with multiple capabilities. Users can conduct video meetings with other people.
  • GroupTweet – GroupTweet is designed for Twitter users who want to be able to communicate and collaborate privately.
  • Google Groups – Users of a group can rate posts for helpfulness, search out answers across their own groups or other similar-themed topics, and get their answers and responses delivered from an easily filtered email source.
  • Edmodo – Edmodo is rather like a private Twitter. Teachers and students can use this free and private microblogging platform to communicate online. Edmodo also provides file sharing and file storage.
  • Twiddla – Twiddla works very well for online meetings or co-browsing. Groups can use it to mark-up and comment on web pages, images, and other content.
  • Zoho –  Zoho able to handle both the lower-level tasks of group editing, document sharing, and other work, as well as the milestone tracking, group chat, invoice creation, and other tasks needed by teams that aren’t sitting right next to each other. It’s good stuff, and it’s free.
  • Keep and Share – Keep and Share is a group file sharing system. Accounts are password-controlled and secure enough to store information.
  • Mikogo – This free desktop sharing software can be used for online meetings, web conferences and presentations. Mikogo is simple to use and download.

Library 2.0

Library 2.0

With Library 2.0, library services are frequently evaluated and updated to meet the changing needs of library users. Library 2.0 also calls for libraries to encourage user participation and feedback in the development and maintaining of library services.  The active and empowered library user is a significant component of Library 2.0.

With information and ideas flowing in both directions –from the library to the user and from the user to the library –library services have the ability to evolve and improve on a constant and rapid basis. The user is participant, co-creator, builder and consultant whether the product is virtual or physical.

However, Library website: Library 2.0 is offering dynamic websites for the libraries which embedded with semantic web and interoperability of various tools and techniques.

  • Streaming media: Streaming technology takes care of multimedia files over the Internet. It is the streaming of video and audio media that incorporate more interactive, media-rich facets. With the help of streaming media users can interact with library staff or their teachers as they interact in classrooms or instruction labs.
  • Mashups: Mashup is a hybrid application of the web which integrates information from different sources at one platform. In simple words it is an application that combines data or functionality from two or more external sources to create a new service. Mashup is the technology which integrates all applications of web 2.0 at single platform.
  • Podcast: Padcast defined as “a digital media file or collection of files that is distributed over the Internet periodically and made available for download by means of web syndication”. The files can be played back on a computer or personal player such as Ipod or mobile.
  • Tagging: This makes information searching easier on the Internet. In which users can create and change the metadata, especially subject headings to the contents. This acts like an open catalogue to the information. In this users can give subject headings to their interested documents/ contents and also write reviews of the contents.
  • Instant Messaging: In simple words it is known as “Chat”, through this chat reference library users can interact with librarians on library related issues as they would interacting face to face. Instant messaging reference service is being used successfully and expertly in libraries.
  • Social Networks: it allows people to create virtual communities (personal or professional) over the internet for interaction. Social Networks are online communities where people meet, socialize and exchange digital files.Libraries can also start their social network about latest books or documents in the libraries where users can discuss or comments on the contents being contained by these books or documents.
  • Blog: Libraries can start their blogs to encourage interactions amongst users and library staff. Blog can also be used for promoting activities and services of the libraries. It allows two ways interaction where users can also make comment on the posted information.
  • Wikis: Wikipedia is the excellent example of this service. Libraries can open their webpages in the wikis and can promote social interaction among librarians and library users.
  • RSS Feeds: ibraries have already started using this technology to keep them up to date with the latest happening in chosen websites. It enables users to have customized personal pages that contain contents of various other websites which would of their use.

References:

– How to use web 2.0 in your library”Phil bradley”

– Web 2.0 for librarians and Information Professionals”Ellyssa Korski”

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Facebook is a social networking website, launched on February 4, 2004. Mark Zuckerberg, a former Harvard student, founded Facebook. Initially the membership of Facebook was restricted to students of Harvard College.

The name of the site refers to the paper facebooks depicting members of the campus community that some U.S. colleges and preparatory schools give to incoming students, faculty, and staff as a way to get to know other people on campus.

Facebook Statistics: ”From Facebook website”

  • More than 300 million active users
  • Average user has 130 friends on the site
  • More than 2 billion photos uploaded to the site each month
  • More than 14 million videos uploaded each month
  • About 70% of Facebook users are outside the United States
  • More than 350,000 active applications currently on Facebook Platform
  • More than 250 applications have more than one million monthly active users
  • There are more than 65 million active users currently accessing Facebook through their mobile devices.

Facebook provides two networking tools:

Firstly, user able to create or join a Facebook group;

Secondly, user can create or join a Facebook fan page.

What are the significant differences between Facebook group and Facebook fan page?

  • User unregistered can see fan pages unlike groups.
  • Fan page offers more flexibility and better interactive.
  • Update on Fan page will send notification to the members unlike groups.
  • Groups allow you to host an event and automatically invite all of your Group members.
  • Groups can be created by any user and about any topic.
  • Fan page can be customized with rich media and interactive applications to engage Page visitors.
  • Applications cannot be added to groups.
  • Fan pages for discovery.
  • Groups for communication.

Twitter For Business

Twitter is a sort of social media networking and micro-blogging service. Twitter allows users to send and read messages. Some users believe that Twitter is wastage of time but others think that Twitter is a beneficial tool to make a business. There are 18 million users by end of 2009. Twitter gives businesses the power to establish relationships and build brand awareness faster than ever before.

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Anyway, there are several methods to use Twitter in your business:

  • You need to choose a good username.
  • You have to decide your aim for using Twitter.
  • You need to update his box regularly.
  • You have to follow other users to extend your network.
  • You need to send messages about several things to attract other users.
  • Talk to users about their interests.
  • Post-original thoughts on your topic and business.
  • Feed your Twitter tweets in other social media networking.
  • Using Twitter chats related to your business.
  • Ask Questions and Answer Questions.
  • Ask for feedback
  • Look for connections related to a job you desire.
  • Promote your products and services directly to a target audience.
  • Don not tweets only about your business.
  • Link to new deals and using short video to promote a your product.

Thankful for social media tools to assist us in various directions in our life.

There are a considerable of numbers of social media networks across the Internet. They will assist users to write or share several things related to their thought in our life. Majority of social media networks are free of charge; they provide multi services at different directions and provide a variety of methods for users to interact, such as blogging, video sharing, photo sharing etc. Social networking has created new ways to communicate and share information. There are millions of people are being used Social networking websites regularly.

I will place below several websites from social media sites:


Sharing Tools:


Music Sharing Tools:

Links Sharing Tools:

Videos Sharing Tools:

Picture Sharing Tools:

Products Feedbacks Sharing Tools:

Slideshows Sharing Tools:

Publication Tools:


Blogs:

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Social Network Places:


Social Network:

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Micromedia Publications:


Micro Publication Tools:

Discussions Tools:


Video Forum Tools:

Instant Messaging Tools:

VoIP Tools:

Forum Tools:

Social Aggregation or Lifestreams:


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Cellular technology

Cellular technology has altered people lives. Cellular technology is the use of wireless communication, most commonly associated with the mobile phone. The term cellular comes from the design of the system, which carries mobile phone calls from geographical service areas that are divided into smaller pockets, called cells. However, there are  several generations of cellular technology:

  • The First Generarion(1G) systems use semi cellular coverage, where the coverage area is divided into small cell areas. The 1G systems were essentially analog systems using Frequency Division Multiple Access (FDMA) to communicate and were designed for voice transmission only (no data).
  • Second generation(2G) systems started to appear across the world in the early 1990s. Advances in integrated circuit technology brought digital transmission to mobile communications.
  • 2.5 generation(2.5G) systems address the data capacity limitations associated with the 2nd generation systems. Even though the boundary between 2G systems and 2.5G systems is somewhat unclear, 2.5G systems provide clear upgrades to the 2G systems that almost make it possible to provide similar capabilities as 3G systems.
  • Third generation(3G) systems opened the way for a completely new era of wireless services that enabled access across multiple geographies. 3G systems provide a platform that is common for multiple wireless standards and technologies.
  • The 3.5G technology represents the next generation of mobile communication systems that supports the effective delivery of a range of data-orientated services and brings with it a new suite of exciting multimedia services such as video streaming, games, music videos, sports and news.
  • Fourth generation (4G) wireless was originally conceived by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the same organization that developed the wired Internet. It is not surprising, then, that DARPA chose the same distributed architecture for the wireless Internet that had proven so successful in the wired Internet.

Strengths in 4G:

  • 4G visions take into account installed base and past investments
  • Strong position of telecommunications vendors expected in the marketplace.
  • Faster data transmission and higher bit rate and bandwidth, allow more  business applications and commercialization
  • Has advantage for personalized multimedia communication tools

Reference

Advanced Wireless Communications
4G Technologies