Won’t You Be My Follower?

It is so much more difficult to get friends on Twitter than it is on Facebook. Folks on FB accept a friend request and then just hide that person from their feed. All FB friends are two-way connections, both parties have to agree. Likes are different.

On Twitter I can follow anyone I want and receive their updates in my feed. They don’t have to be interested in connecting with me. I can still ask questions and maybe they’ll respond. I follow people on Twitter because I believe I will receive value from their tweets and maybe they can help me provide value with my tweets. Twitter is an open book.

That’s what I like about Twitter. It’s all about value. Whether it’s received, perceived, provided, or whatever—people follow other people on Twitter because they hope to receive some type of value from that action.

What kind of value? Literally almost anything—laughs, wisdom, advice, encouragement, inspiration, information, opportunity, networking, attention, relief, distraction, etc. The list could go on and on. Even if it is only 1 post in 100 or even 1000 that makes me laugh, chuckle, or chortle—it’s worth it.

Twitter provides this value to its users in a compact and streamlined manner. Limited to 140 characters means much, much less clutter. Simple technology means simple to use, simple to collect data, and simple to expand upon. News travels faster through Twitter, trends gain momentum quicker, and ideas spread like wildfire. Facebook is a great tool for staying connected socially and for exploiting the gossip effect, but Twitter is the ultimate social media presence that enhances the human experience online.

Help me provide value to others by being my friend on Twitter @netn8.


Web 2.0 and the Organic Internet

What is Web 2.0?

Web 2.0 is a term that was coined a few years ago to describe what the new web development languages and platforms were doing to shift the paradigm of our online experience. At the time, people didn’t know how the Internet would evolve and mature.

Years later, now, we can look back and see what we’ve done with these new capabilities, and we also have a much better idea of how we will continue to better utilize and monetize the tools of today’s Internet.

I like the term Web 2.0 because we really are experiencing a new generation of the Internet. It’s grown-up and matured some—just like me 😉

I also like using a term that I think better describes what it is about this new web that makes it different. This is a much more Organic Internet.

 Why is it more organic? Because people are more integrated (or assimilated) with it in their day-to-day lives. It is a much more natural experience online these days, and we intuitively use it to stay more connected. We have social media to thank for that.

As posts for this blog start to roll in, we may see a lot of discussion about Web 2.0 and the Organic Internet. The World Wide Web has become a conduit for human culture, an instantaneous conductor of social energy, and a world-shrinking platform that has also crystallized the entirety of human knowledge and made it available to everyone through the tips of their fingers.

Hello World!

It’s fascinating how such a simple phrase which is likely to have been uttered in different context throughout human history has now become, and ever will be, typecast to computer programmers, tech types, and general geeks. In every programming language and development platform, there is a lesson plan that starts with creating a Hello World file–an exercise that allows the creation of something that announces itself to the world.

My first Hello World program was written in Q Basic. Next, I introduced myself to Visual Basic. In college, I wrote Hello World variations in machine language hexadecimal, binary, C++, C#, and Java. Since then, I have dabbled in Python, Java Script, and PHP. I guess since WordPress uses PHP, then this is technically a PHP exercise, but I have never done a Hello World post for any of my other WP sites.

I have considered creating my own tech blog for a couple years, but I could not decide which platform, format, or field to focus in. The ambition to create a site with thousands of unique viewers and visitors is not there, and too many great tech sites and blogs already exist on the world wide web. My only goal for this site is to write. The best course to follow seems to be no particular course at all, so the content of this blog will consists of indiscriminate, often incoherent, editorials etc.

This blog, being the random ramblings of just another techie in the Age of Information, will adhere to the convention of most generic guides for geeks, so as we begin the first chapter of the Network n8 blog, the first writing exercise is appropriately a simple ‘Hello World!’

Maybe I should be introducing myself in this post and writing about my history and experience in tech, but I’ll save that for another topic. This post is just to let my new tech blog say hello to the world.

-n8’s New WP Blog