Fortunately I was already familiar with almost all the platforms and applications we were asked to open accounts at and I had also opened accounts in all of them. The only one I didn’t know was “Jaiku”. So I was spared a lot of time opening accounts.
Yet, the fact that I already have an account at all those platforms doesn’t mean that I use them all regularly. The platforms I’m most familiar with are Wordpress, Flickr, Voice Thread and dotSUB. I don’t know why I don’t use the trio 43. Maybe because it’s not very user friendly and I didn’t see why it was interesting, besides connecting people through their specific interests.
Connecting people, sharing and learning seems to be what these platforms have all in common. None of these platforms requires programming skills to publish content on the Web. This was maybe one of the reason why these tools became so popular and are called web 2.0 tools or social media. Another thing that these platforms have in common is giving every single individual, regardless their technological skills, the chance to express their ideas and interact with the outside world.
The possibility to interact with the outside world makes these kind of platforms different from LMS platforms which are closed environments, only accessible to the people that are allowed to enter them. It’s this feature that makes them so different from platforms like, for example, blogs or wikis.
Social software and media entangle the potential to connect people with similar interests, allowing them to share knowledge and grow together. I have been using tools like blogs, wikis, social bookmarking, aggregators and social networks to communicate with people all over the world.