I posted right before Thanksgiving about the possibility of using Web 2.0 technologies (such as Twitter, Facebook, and MySpace) to better inform the public. Several of you commented and wanted to know more about what we had in mind and what exactly thiese systems did. According to Wikipedia:
"The term "Web 2.0" describes the changing trends in the use of World Wide Web technology and web design that aim to enhance creativity, communications, secure information sharing, collaboration and functionality of the web. Web 2.0 concepts have led to the development and evolution of web culture communities and hosted services, such as social-networking sites, video sharing sites, wikis, blogs, and folksonomies. Although the term suggests a new version of the World Wide Web, it does not refer to an update to any technical specifications, but rather to changes in the ways software developers and end-users utilize the Web."
Johnson County is looking for ways to use these technologies to better communicate with the public (both during emergencies and non-emergencies), create a culture of preparedness, and diversify when, why, and how we communicate. This blog is our first significant attempt in this arena.
Keep sharing your ideas and thoughts about how we might better use these technologies!