A Reasonable Proxy

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In past few years, variety of communication tools such as mobile phone, PDA's (Person Digital Assistants), digital audio players-iPOD, iPhones, have been evolved as commodity items in general public lives.

Parallel to this, there has been rapid development of the dynamic, interactive capacity of the web. Social media enabled users to share, tweet, assemble, disseminate, rate, comment, tag, and favorite information in all mediums. Such as text, image, sound, video, and create contents.

Examples are Wikipedia (online encyclopedia) January 2001, LinkedIn (professional networking) May 2003, MySpace (social networking) August 2003, del.icio.us (social bookmarking) September 2003, Facebook (social networking) January 2004, Flickr (Image and Video Hosting) February 2004, YouTube (video sharing) February 2005, Twitter (micro-blogging) July 2006, Xing (business social networking) November 2006.

These participatory media sites and tools are designed so friendly, that doesn't require currency of skills, but essential knowledge, indeed.

Users, particularly generation ‘Y' tending to be in the front line, for integrating new devices, are shaping their lives, behaviors, attitudes, learning and approaches in line with the features of these advanced technologies. They are feeling overwhelmed and ‘digitally-social'.

This digitalized learning tool can also facilitate those learners whom are unable to take part of a classroom community, for some or even all, of the time-particularly part-time, distance and increasingly, work-based-social media may be a reasonable proxy.

Due to its wider influence in our lives it's hard to ignore Web 2.0 as an integral part of curriculum in the area of computing and media.

Muhammad Yaqoob is a Corporate Blogger and Social Media Expert. For more information please visit http://ny-mafia.blogspot.com

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