Web 2.0 Brings Comfort

The world around us is changing. I spend a lot of time involved in my online persona – sharing things via Twitter or Facebook and expressing thoughts and opinions on one of my many blogs. The web has rapidly become a place where we are all connected to one another. We can be friends, followers, or contacts. We can submit our blog posts to carnivals – scheduled round-ups of similar content.

There’s a song by Rascal Flatts called “Mayberry” that describes how life used to be:

Sometimes it feels like this world is spinning faster
Than it did in the old days
So naturally, we have more natural disasters
From the strain of a fast pace
Sunday was a day of rest
Now, it’s one more day for progress
And we can’t slow down ‘cause more is best
It’s all an endless process

Chorus
I miss Mayberry
Sitting on the porch drinking ice-cold cherry Coke
Where everything is black and white (bada bada badadadada)
Picking on a six string
Where people pass by and you call them by their first name
Watching the clouds roll by
Bye, bye

The world of the past, idealized by “Mayberry,” is long gone. In its place is the world of social networking. We no longer sit on our porch and chat with neighbors; we sit at our computers and chat with people we’ve never met.

And now, funeral homes are beginning to add aspects of social networking to their websites. I read an article called “Funeral Homes Now Adding Social Networking to Web Sites…A True “Marriage Made in Heaven” For Clients and Their Families.” My first thought was ughhhh. Then I read the article and realized that what this company, Fencl Web Design, is doing is at the very heart of Web 2.0. Not only are obituaries listed on the funeral home’s website, but there are now sections where people can leave condolences and communicate with one another.

Fencl is using several of the building blocks mentioned by Michael Stephens in the chapter “The Ongoing Web Revolution.” These funeral homes are utilizing a system that involves identity, relationships, conversations, and sharing. They are providing a place where people can come together and share in their grief and build memorials or tributes to their loved ones in a collaborated effort.

This is Web 2.0.

References:

Funeral homes now adding social networking to web sites… A true ‘marriage made in heaven’ for clients and their families… (2010, August 11). PRWeb Newswire. Retrieved from General OneFile via Gale: http://find.galegroup.com/gps/start.do?prodId=IPS&userGroupName=alise_sjsu

Stephens, M. (2007). The ongoing web revolutionLibrary Technology Reports43(5), 10-14.

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Posted on August 12, 2010, in LIBR 203. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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