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Good points David.
But here in the UK there are no collective groups within Web 2.0 to start conversations!
We have the Web 1.0 ukriders list, but apart from a group of friends on Facebook what can bring people to those conversations?
I regularly comment on a group of bloggers posts but conversations often only last a post or two. Problogger in Build a Better Blog in 31 Days advocates conversations too and commenting.
We do need some UK umbrella terms and groups.
I've dabbled with nptechuk for blog posts.
Any thoughts??
Paul Webster

So, how will you weave the comments and conversation between here and Facebook?

Thanks Paul, Beth ... both of whom have also commented in Facebook, where I posted this link. I responded there:
Thanks all - I think we are agreed this stuff is all over the place:-) That may be OK for the enthusiasts among us who relish variety and new tools, but it is pretty tough for less active/more focussed users. It's also difficult for anyone trying to promote online engagement. Takes a lot of time, and some tools, to provide one (aggregated) place, pull stuff in from elsewhere and maybe comment, and go to other people's places. It also requires a new mix of skills.

That's the tough nut to crack!
The VCOs I'm working with see Web 2.0 as a disparate random collection of tools. All very strong in their own right but how do these groups (how do we?!) see the composite picture?

To me the key thing is having the common interest - people getting enough back to make something they thing is "good" so important / urgent that they actually do participate.
The technology can help to find people with a common interest and then ease the communication and sharing.
Perhaps this is too cynical but is in part the result of work during last winter trying to get a group to collaborate online - in the end the only real output came from a face to face workshop.
But do keep challenging me on this.

Paul - on a web 2.0 VCOs umbrella, there are moves towards a Net Squared for Europe, inspired by the US model. Some info here

Paul, Ed - on composite future and collaboration ... it does take a lot of talking and thinking through, in my experience. Understanding the potential of Web 2.0 involves taking on a different worldview, as I touch on here. Collaboration depends on trust and an understanding of how the other parties see things, and operate. Face to face is the best way to achieve that - or a lot of time to-and-fro and together online

Enjoyed the article and the unfolding conversations here and on other blogs (Beths and Micheles too)! Techonologies are evolving fast within web 2.0 and the VCS is supposed to be the place to innovate so I'm looking forward to new solutions to wider engagement in the coming years ahead.
Really excited about the Netsquared for Europe - that would be good news.

Laura - I'm excited by the possibilities too. I'm just not sure where the innovation is most likely to take place. It depends so much on attitude - and imperatives. VCS is not always good on collaboration ... and not driven as much by customer demands in this field as the private sector. Where do you find the buzz?

Thanks for these very interesting ideas and references, David. John B.Thompson (a media theorist)has introduced the notion of mediated quasi-interaction. I think that this concept could be quite helpful in describing the conversations that people think they're having and wish they were having within the blogosphere.

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