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The Essentials of Leveraging Web 2.0

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Dion Hinchcliffe wrote a nice post on The Habits of Highly Effective Web 2.0 Sites – which are, I believe, applicable for Learning 2.0 too. To quote

Web 2.0

The Essentials of Leveraging Web 2.0 

  • Ease of Use is the most important feature of any Web site, Web application, or program.
  • Open up your data as much possible. There is no future in hoarding data, only controlling it.
  • Aggressively add feedback loops to everything.  Pull out the loops that don’t seem to matter and emphasize the ones that give results.
  • Continuous release cycles.  The bigger the release, the more unwieldy it becomes (more dependencies, more planning, more disruption.)  Organic growth is the most powerful, adaptive, and resilient.
  • Make your users part of your software.  They are your most valuable source of content, feedback, and passion.  Start understanding social architecture.  Give up non-essential control.  Or your users will likely go elsewhere.
  • Turn your applications into platforms. An application usually has a single predetermined use, a platform is design to be the foundation of something bigger.  Instead of getting a single type of use from your software and data, you might be hundreds or thousands of them.
  • Don’t create social communities just to have them. They aren’t a checklist item.  But do empower inspired users to create them.

Written by anol

October 31st, 2006 at 5:13 am

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