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April 26, 2007

Blogs and wikis – an advanced training course

On Tuesday I attended a very informative course on blogs and wikis. I wasn’t too sure what to expect as I’ve learnt a lot about both lately. However the course tutor Phil Bradley clearly spends a lot of time online and I learnt a lot. Not only that, but I had the time to explore things that I don’t seem to get round to on a daily basis.

We started by looking at Weblog search engines, looking for our own blogs and how to improve our blog ratings. We then looked at others’ blogs and tools that can be added onto your own blogs and webpages such as Gabbly and My Plugoo. Features like these instant messaging tools seem to be what youngsters are using these days in preference to e-mail, so perhaps they could have potential for enquiry services.

We also looked at RSS feeds and adding images and multi-media files to blogs, even a tool to create a podcast of your blog (Talkr).

There are various bookmarking tools and file sharing services out there, as well as wikis. We looked at a couple of Phil’s favourite social tools, pageflakes and zimbio.

I expect it will take me ages to re-visit some of these tools and to explore some of the many references I have taken away from the day. I certainly have a lot to think about and feel much more informed about what technologies are out there on Web 2.0.

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