This book is the result of the course 'Social Web', taught in the media engineering program at GSO Hochschule Nuremberg. It is a class project, hopefully turning into a real wikibook at some later point in time.
The class was accompanied by
and also used the university's Moodle system.
This class is a tour of the Social Web. It covers many topics, mostly just touching the surface. But there will be plenty of opportunity to digg deeper and learn more by doing.
We will heavily use blogs and touch a little on microblogs. They are a big help in documenting and in communicating. We may also record the lectures and post them on YouTube.
The Wikipedia is a very good example for collaboration. Although the edits are done by individuals, the result is a team effort, a collaboration. Here we will learn about group sizes and team building.
The social networks are the most popular form of the social web. They range from personal, professional to dating networks and many more.
Social games have been around for some 5000 years. Basically any game involving more than one player is a social game. But that is not what we mean by a social game.
The revolution that is currently under way is not only restricted to the net, but is also entering the class room. Let’s see how teaching and learning are affected by the social web and its technologies.
If you expect to read about how companies can make lots of money using the social web here, you have come to the wrong place. There is tons of good books on that subject, so no need for another one. Instead we learn a little about new ways to raise and save money, and a few facts about marketing in the social web.
With the advent of Web 2.0 and especially the social web, democracy has reached the internet. Where before a few companies owned all the information, controlled all the access, and the primary medium was broadcast, this has changed. But even more, not only has the idea of democratization reached the internet, also, the ideas of the social web start to have an influence on democracy.
With the advent of the internet, with search engines and social web, with internet banking and hackers, the terms privacy and security have gotten a new meaning. To protect and control them has become an important issue.
The social web also influences the sciences and the arts. We will look at a few interesting projects, and you will learn that there are many, many more.