The Social Web

The Social Web

 

Do you know the difference between the Internet and the World Wide Web? The Internet is a series of computers, servers, and wide area networks connected through service providers and leased lines. The World Wide Web is a network of documents and data connected through the Internet and using the Hyper Text Transfer Protocol or HTTP.

Over the past decade, a new function of the Internet has made its use mainstream and started connecting everyone through their mobile devices. The Social Web is composed of a number of social networks that exist within the web. So the World Wide Web runs on top of the Internet and the Social Web runs on top of the World Wide Web.

This Social Web is a tool with much more power than simply sharing pictures of your vacation to make people jealous, opinions about a political environment no one really has any idea about, sowing seeds of malice and discontent, or sharing cat pictures. This social functionality of the Internet could become the tool for humans to start holding each other accountable to be good and compassionate, to condemn hate, and to expose swindlers. As users, we are able to design our own social experience on the Internet.

“The social web is a set of social relations that link people through the World Wide Web. The Social web encompasses how websites and software are designed and developed in order to support and foster social interaction.”

Talking about the social web is bigger than just social media. The social web references a user experience taking place through the internet powered by social networks and online platforms such as: Facebook, LinkedIN, Twitter, Instagram, Youtube, Pinterest, Snapchat, Reddit, Google+, online blogs,  publishing sites, and more.

Socrates contends that the greatest social good is the “cohesion and unity” that “results from the common feelings of pleasure and pain which you get when all members of a society are glad or sorry for the same successes and failures.

Back in April, I did an Ignite Talk about Social Good on the Social Web. It was my first prepared talk for the purpose of education AND entertainment. It wasn’t spectacular, but it wasn’t terrible either. You can watch it here: https://vimeo.com/172500734

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Future of Health Technology Infographic

Looking through my blog today made me think it needs more pictures, so I googled tech picI scrolled through the results until something caught my eye–naturally it was an infographic that kinda resembled the symbol for the Galactic Empire. Original Link

Infographics are one of the greatest byproducts of Web 2.0. They allow people to visually arrange information in a way that is easy to digest. A complicated topic can be simplified and arranged according to informational flow and different categories. I think the standardization of infographs will change the way people share information and learn.

Imagine a constitutional amendment for the digital age that required laws to be written in a manner that could be explained to the people with simple information graphics and charts.

The infographic below does a great job outlining the possible future of Health Technology.

Here is a breakdown of the Main categories:

  1. Regeneration
  2. Treatments
  3. Bio-Gerontology
  4. Telemedicine (Remote Doctors)
  5. Diagnostics
  6. Augmentation

It also mentions some neat technology including:

  • Synthetic & Artificial Organs
  • 3D Printers
  • Life Extension
  • Cryonics
  • Remote Virtual Presence
  • Mobile Health
  • Big Data
  • Sensors (Internal/External)
  • Neuroprosthetics
  • Sensory Augmentation

Health Technology Infographic

YouTube Tuesday

Today is YouTube Tuesday! It’s not official or anything, but it is the day of the week that I focus on YouTube and advise people to do the same. I guess this post makes YouTube Tuesday official for the networkn8 blog. Why Tuesday? YouTube Tuesday just has a nice sound to it–kinda flows off the tongue.

Did I mention YouTube enough to get noticed by search engines? I stylized the name correctly, but should I also be linking to YouTube? Out of all the Web 2.0 platforms and avenues to the Organic Internet, YouTube is my favorite. I know it’s not nice to laugh at the cable companies and satellite providers while there is a mass exodus from cable subscriptions to Strictly Streaming, but they had it coming. Checkout my article about The Future of Streaming Online Content.

I recently discovered that YouTube has a Creator Academy. I wouldn’t say I have enrolled yet, but I started watching the videos. It’s free and shows users how to produce the best content possible. I am really excited to see what gets created in the next couple years. Netflix already changed everything about the way we watch TV and movies, then they started producing incredible content of their own. House of Cards is one of the top three television shows EVER created. YouTube won’t be far behind. The major TV networks and studios that have been around for decades will soon be scratching their heads trying to figure-out how YouTube, Netflix, and others became the top content providers and producers.