You know when you’re working on something and all of a sudden you see it all around you? Well, that’s happening to me now. For MADS we’re working on a project about technology and the way it arranges the world / how people experience the world. Quite a broad topic. As you might have guessed, if you say ‘tech’, I say ‘web’, so that’s where I’ve taken my research. How do people use the web to structure their life? And to experience it?
And what do you know, all of a sudden I am reading about the internet and what people use it for (see here, for a Universal McCann Social Media Tracker study (pdf) on the internet worldwide, found at Marketingfacts), and having conversations with people at work about it (I find it decidedly odd that there are people that have iPhones but are too scared of setting up a delicious account!).
I admit, I’m quite the geek-girl, and use quite a lot of online tools* and am always amazed when other people don’t use them. Or don’t know about them. This is how I order my online existence, and hence, my online world. I read my email, scan 5 or 6 newspapers, have about 530 RSS feeds (although I only manage to keep active track of about 100 or so). What I’m curious about is what you guys do/use online? How many applications do you use and why do you use these? Which ones can’t you live without? Yep, that is a call for a little audience participation.
* my most frequently used web2.0 tools: yahoo mail (x3), delicious, facebook, bloglines, tumblr (x2), flickr, typepad, linkedin, backpackit, last.fm and am starting to use friendfeed. Have killed all other social / business networking sites. And have set up my own homepage. *end geek alert*