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Web 2.0 tools: a series of short introductions (PLA 59)

Many Web 2.0 tools, applications, platforms and services are free or low-cost and easy-to-use. Here we present a series of short introductory guides to some commonly-used Web 2.0 tools, a brief description of the tool and how it can be used for development purposes, how to get started, and links to further information and where applications can be downloaded. • Blogging: Tips on how to create and maintain a dynamic and popular development blog. • Micro-blogging and Twitter: Tips on using micro-blogging tool Twitter for development. • Wikis: Tips on online collaboration for development using wikis. • Online social networking: Tips on using online social networks for development. • RSS feeds: Tips on using RSS feeds to access and share development online content - and how to filter it for relevance. • Tagging: Tips on using tags and tagging for development related online content. • Social bookmarking: Tips on using social bookmarks for development-related online content. • Glossary of Web 2.0 terms: lists most of the commonly-used terms describing Web 2.0 tools that are found in this special issue of PLA. For websites examples see e-participation, In Touch, PLA 59. Participatory Learning and Action (PLA, formerly PLA Notes) is the world's leading series on participatory learning and action approaches and methods. PLA publishes articles on participation aimed at practitioners, researchers, academics and activists. All articles are peer-reviewed by an international editorial board. Article in: PLA 59. Guest editors: Holly Ashley, Jon Corbett, Ben Garside and Giacomo Rambaldi. Published by IIED and the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation ACP-EU (CTA).

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