wordpress: web 2.0Posted: March 16, 2011
what makes wordpress a web 2.0 website?:
– several things; firstly it moves beyond just static webpages into a large variability of possible layouts and functions. there can be images and instances of modularity where content such as videos and text are reused and reproduced, ‘reblogged’ or ‘reposted’ from elsewhere.
moreover, wordpress relies entirely on user generated content, therefore adding a dynamic range with a reciprocal relationship with its user. this user based model also adds a social networking aspect to wordpress, with links and comments allowing the users of different blogs to communicate and view each others profiles. the primary function of wordpress is not for social networking, in the sense that facebook is purely for that purpose, but it provides features for social interaction to be very accessible, such as links and profiles to blog owners.
is it a sustainable model?:
-harnessing the hive; non-commercial produsage artefacts usually keeps in mind the benefit of the community as well as the company, having a ‘hive’ and benign state… this usually tends to keep the interest of the produsers and the success of the projects itself due to the interactivity and user generated information… the core idea of these projects is to provide services as supposed to reaping benefits. relies on the model of the produser as the distributor as well as consumer. wordpress can be seen as an ‘unfinished artefact’, with open chances for change based on comments and suggestions for improvement, meaning continuous updating of the website itself.
– wordpress as a produser model remains sustainable, in my mind, because of its accessibility and democratic function for an idea of not necessarily citizen journalism, but a voice for anyone who wishes to publish themselves. the creation and content of wordpress depends on its users, and therefore creates a reciprocal relationship that maintains wordpress afloat. i am unsure as to whether wordpress uses open source programming, but i can imagine the maintenance of the site seems fairly open. wordpress also uses the data and interfaces of other websites that are popular or easily accessible.
an example of produsage that isn’t wikipedia. how does it match the characteristics of produsage found on pg 84-85 of the Bruns reading?
a website like deviantart, perhaps. a community based model, relying on participants to create, contribute and comment on artwork to provide feedback and networking.
(blog entry no. 1: louise choi + lachlan phillips)