Recent world events driven by the pandemic have seen some organisations and individuals have to accelerate their online experience exponentially, to rapidly find new ways of communicating, learning and adapting.
Talk of the Web 3.0, smart devices and the Internet Of Things has been around for a while of course. It’s just got closer, quicker.
For me though, whilst I’m all for concepts like remote working and meetings for work, when it comes to personal use, I’m still firmly entrenched in the good old fashioned social internet of Web 2.0.
The new wave led by Facebook, Twitter, and later Instagram, have no appeal to me, mostly because their whole ethos is around publishing what’s popular right now, for maximum impact and engagement, at the expense of all else.
Yesterday’s updates – even hour old updates – are all but forgotten as new content hurtles through the stream.
It makes me appreciate all the more some of the original social platforms of the internet, which today might seem slow and old-hat to some, but that’s precisely their purpose and appeal.
Blogs, discussion forums, and Flickr– which kind of includes both of these plus more – provide us with quieter, more thoughtful and intelligent places to gather and converse at our own pace, or just to read and learn more about other people’s experiences of the subjects we love.
Even YouTube, which has more than its fair share of trash and toxic content, is still awash with interesting camera and lens reviews, from real people like you and me.
Also with these older platforms, we tend to find on the whole that people are in them for straightforward and genuine reasons.
Simply because they’re into a certain subject, and enjoy sharing it and talking about it with others who enjoy the same.
They’re not to try to game the system, follow, comment or “like” just to try to garner the same in return and falsely bolster their apparent “popularity” or influence.
They’re not trying to make money from the completely arbitrary ads plastered over their pages – or allowing themselves to be a commodity, with their tastes and preferences gradually gathered and sold on to the highest bidder.
As I continue to explore older cameras (not even film cameras, but early digitals up to around 2012/3, what I call the golden age), I find tiny pockets of useful information, pictures and discussions – some archived from years back, but some new – written by people like us who are still enjoying older gear away from the breakneck speed and deep pocketed upgrade parade.
I think there will always be a place for these sites, because as people we will always be curious, drawn to exploring and collecting, and seeking others who do the same.
I’ve been blogging in some form since 2004, and I can’t imagine a time when I won’t be.
Photography has been a fundamental part of my life for around 15 years now, so I can’t see it disappearing or even waning.
So all the time I’m photographing and exploring different ways of doing that, I feel I’ll want to be sharing it, and talking to others who are on similar adventures.
And blogs, forums and Flickr are the ideal platforms for these kind of conversations.
How about you? How much do you still use the old school Web 2.0 like blogs and forums, and what do you enjoy most about them?
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