Interesting elsewhere – 17 September 2009 to 21 September 2009

These are my links for 17 September 2009 to 21 September 2009:

Government sites receive more traffic from Social Nets than News and Media

Government websites received more traffic from Social Networking and Forums than the online News and Media industry for the first time during August 2009 in Australia. While this is partly the result of the rapid growth in visits to Social Networking websites overall, I believe this reflects a much wider engagement by Govenment agencies in the Social Networking space in the past couple of years. [h/t Paul Canning]

Did you know, shift happens? « Kathryn Corrick

I was reminded of the Shift Happens, also know as the Did You Know? videos, the original of which came out in 2007 and were made by XPlane. They aimed to explain some of the changes that were occurring through globalisation. In a happy accident I discovered that today Xplane launched their latest video that they describe as an update to Shift Happens.

The great irony about Web 2.0

The remarkable thing about “Web 1.0″ (and specifically the personal home page and email) is that you can link to anybody or anything you want and you can send a message to anybody you want. It doesn’t matter who is hosting your website and it doesn’t matter who your email provider is.The same is not true for many implementations of “Web 2.0.” [h/t @glynmoody]

No them out there, just an awful lot of us – confused of calcutta

Douglas Adams:  Because the Internet is so new we still don’t really understand what it is. We mistake it for a type of publishing or broadcasting, because that’s what we’re used to. What should concern us is not that we can’t take what we read on the internet on trust – of course you can’t, it’s just people talking – but that we ever got into the dangerous habit of believing what we read in the newspapers or saw on the TV. One of the most important things you learn from the internet is that there is no ‘them’ out there. It’s just an awful lot of ‘us’.