Web 2.0 Expo Ticket Giveaway

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web2expo_4c.jpg Web 2.0 Expo returns to San Francisco April 22-25, at Moscone West. Now in its second year, the Expo will feature nine tracks, over 100 sessions, more than 150 exhibitors, Web2Open — an “unconference” — and more. Recent additions to the lineup include keynotes from Mitchell Baker, chairman of the Mozilla Foundation and Mozilla Corp., and Aristotle “Ari” Balogh, chief technology officer at Yahoo.

As a media partner, GigaOM is giving away tickets to the four people who can best answer the question, “How has Web 2.0 changed your daily life?” Just leave your answer in the comments section of this post, along with a valid email address. The tickets are valued at $1695 each, so make those answers good ones! The entry deadline is April 1. GigaOM readers can also get a $100 off conference registration or a free Expo Pass, simply enter the code websf08ob15.

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Aayush

Web 2.0 has changed how I communicate with others, spend my personal time and organize my life. There are so many instances of Web 2.0 permeating my life, its hard to pick a few instances.

I use google calendar to organize my days because it makes it so easy to add an event.
I use farecast.com to search for the best price on airfare because they allow me to make instantaneous changes to my itinerary.
I waste less time by using netvibes.com to bring it all the sites and blogs I like on the net.
I stopped watching TV totally because all the content can be found online in a nicely presented manner may it be through the network’s own websites, hulu.com or Joost. Netflix’ Instant watch is another breakthrough.
I have customized my Firefox to express my personality and to take full advantage of the internet by using extensions like CoolIris, Greasemonkey, PicLens, Foxmarks, ShareThis.
I have changed my way of communicating with people and use interactions that happened online as conversation starters in real life. Facebook wall posts and meebo chats are just a few ways my generation interacts.
I find restaurants near me on Google maps and find the reviews on Yelp.

In short, I would not even own a laptop or PC if it wasn’t for the internet and the Web 2.0 transformation.

Roald Cyberath

Stepping back a little…
Web 1.0 opened windows to the world, making the “global village” a reality.
Web 2.0 : I can talk to people through those windows ; I’m in Shanghai, I’m in San Francisco, I’m in Brussels. Everything that matters to my digital life is “in the cloud”, updated, and shared with my friends.

Still, all these e-connexions do not replace human contact.
That’s why I would enjoy to meet people “in real life”, shake hands, and share smiles at Web 2.0 Expo.

Lindsay

I laughed when I first heard the term “Web 2.0” a couple years ago — What, have they released a new version of the World Wide Web? I thought to myself, amused. Then, more seriously, I asked what they really -did- mean by Web 2.0.

A self-taught web designer, I have long been accustomed to investigating topics that I feel the need to learn more about or that I am curious about. So, naturally, I Googled “Web 2.0” and read the still-evolving Wikipedia article on Web 2.0. Blogs, social networking sites, photo-sharing sites… okay. I had a Livejournal blog, a Myspace account, my own little online photo gallery… but how was this new? The Web and the Internet had seemed social to me since my grade school days, when I would sneak into the library at lunch and telnet into talkers to chat with my friends on the other side of the world (the librarians never had any idea).

I was more immediately curious about the idea of Web 2.0 web designs. I liked the first few examples I saw of wide, colorful sites with lots of rounded corners and buttons and white space. I felt like a kid bursting out of the candy shop with a fresh strip of candy buttons — little dots of color, like tiny islands, deliciously arrayed on a sea of white paper. Irresistible. I kept searching for more examples, then tutorials on how to make my own Web 2.0 designs.

Inevitably, I started reading blogs about Web 2.0 design and new trends in and techniques for using typography, color, code. Then I subscribed to the RSS feeds of my favorite blogs or those of the websites I had been checking daily for months. I fervently whipped up new designs and, just as swiftly, ran into new code problems; I Googled around for answers and would inevitably find new blogs or social networking forums featuring useful hacks or solutions that I would integrate into my repertoire. I mused over, groaned about, and delighted in news in the world of web design, code, and technology that was mutually volleyed between and within blogs and social networks.

And there, somewhere between the tags in a designer’s Flickr portfolio and the comments in one blog or another, it clicked. Web 2.0 had become part of my daily life. It -is- a part of my daily life. I have come to rely on that social, collective intelligence just to do my very job. I use it to find inspiration, solve problems, keep current, market my business, and develop new strategies. I am no longer using the Internet merely to communicate with others… I am using it to collaborate with others. Together, we are shaping the landscape and mindscape of the Internet, pulling businesses, economies, and societies along with us.

When I hear someone refer to “Web 2.0” these days, I still smile — but more out of satisfaction than amusement. The term seems less like a piece of jargon to me now, and more like a new way of thinking and doing.

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Tom

For me Web 2.0 is about 3 simple things – often overlooked in these frothy moments of “social hype utilities”

  1. Use of the “original communication tools far more efficiently”. I no longer have to be on the web in an AOL inbox getting hit with spam and reading meaningless bylines, and changing screens on every click – Circa 1992. I can now use the Inbox in my desktop (and/or web) email client efficiently – RSS feed readers, Linkedin plug-in to network, and of course view GigaOM Shows in my preview pane! My RSS feedreader tags my favorite reads, forwards my favorite reads to my team (and files interesting research right in my email client!), lets me publish to my blog, and understand my readings (and those of my team) by looking at the analytics (worthy mention Attensa RSS plug-in & feedserver which I use). Web 2.0 has made my desktop email client a mini Bloomberg!

  2. A non-coder who can now write simple applications that “increase productivity” (and reduce costs) – no more hostage to the SAS programmer or the Excel Macro expert.

  3. The consumer influence (or more aptly social pressure) that is challenging enterprises to “think out of the box” of legacy systems – influencing the policy driven exposure of rich data-stores holding actionable intelligence in collaborative environments – enhancing the revenue generating initiatives of not only their own companies, but those of their entire ecosystem (worthy mention, my favorite JackBe Presto).

David Mullings

Web 2.0 has allowed me to connect with companies and people much easier:

(1) Within 1 week of uploading an interview with an artist signed to SonyBMG on Youtube, Sony contacted us and we now have a major contact in A&R that has given us promotional material and considered running a contest on our site. Before Youtube, it would have been much harder for us to reach them.

(2) Through Facebook, my brother and I connected with an Inc. magazine senior contributing editor and were interviewed for her upcoming book on Gen-Y entrepreneurs. I have also been interviewed for a UK book thanks to LinkedIn and the new answers feature (I responded to a question about successful stories related to social networking).

(3) Through Facebook we landed a paid speaking engagement at Boston College’s Entrepreneurship Society last fall and got a major article in the school paper. That event lead to an introduction to the founder of Obsidian Launch, who has been on “The Big Idea”, and we can now reach out for advice at any time.

(4) Within 2 months of joining Facebook, we were invited to an event and introduced to our first VC firm and then an angel investor who now serves on our advisory board. We had been working on landing these kinds of meetings for years.

(5) We were approached by a major social networking site and were presented with a revenue share agreement, creating a new revenue stream for our content and not being totally dependent on the traffic to our own website.

To sum up: We can push our content to where people already are and increase revenues while also making it easier to network with people we consider important to our success. Thus, we spend everyday researching and evaluating more opportunities, as well as maintaining existing relationships.

Akshay Kothari

Zazzled Web 2.0 has flickrd my facebooked life into a pandora of frappr, flappr, mappr and groupr.
Web 2.0 – take a bow!

Miriella

Web 2.0 is all about sharing! While I’ve practically spent my entire life being connected to the Internet, it’s only with Web 2.0 that I feel connected to the people on the Internet. Like never before, we can share our knowledge and collaborate with each other, and we all value what another has to offer. Web 2.0 provides me with millions of avenues of information that I use and absorb to become a better, more well-rounded person who understands and values other viewpoints and opinions. I’ve learned through Web 2.0 that there is never just one way to do something, that there are others who feel the same way I do, and that lolruses will always be looking for teh bukkits.

With blogs, Twitter, Flickr, Myspace and Facebook, I personally feel that I can share myself and what I have to say, and I always know that there is someone out there who will read it and care. With Web 2.0, I feel empowered and stronger, knowing that I do have a voice, a presence, and the support of my entire virtual community.

So thanks guys! <3 you all!

Alain Marsily

Web 2.0 has changed my way to handle daily informations (RSS news, online newspapers, blogs,..), to share my passions and interests with many other persons via dedicated sites, to be become less and less hardware technofreak because interface and design are key to my everyday communications.

Web 2.0 is not a goal but a step to better access, share and improve contents and everyone knowledge. In the future, I expect more from crawling and mashable tools.

As I often say, “I see what I understand and I understand what I see”… but what about “seeing new things to have new understandings”!.

Joseph

Even though I could not write a line of code if my life depended on it, Web 2.0 has definitely sent my life on a different course. As a finance person, the abundance of news in Web 2.0 form (blogs, RSS feeds from news sites, podcasts, etc) allows me to keep in tune with the markets without ever picking up a newspaper or watching talking heads on cable TV.

Working for an investment firm in Colorado, the friends I have made through the Web 2.0 community (entrepreneurs, investors, users) will last a life time. When you combine the quality of life that CO offers along with the sincere “love my job” attitude that the 2.0er’s live by, you create an awesome environment that fosters innovation.

That said, I am not interested in attending the conference for the web 2.0 presentations. I’m interested in seeing what 3.0, 4.0, and 5.0 will become. If there is a thing called Web 2.0 (everyone defintes it differently), I think it has already had its moment in the sun. We get it, my parents might not, but many do. And those that do, are already building on that technology to create the next wave of “Web-dot-x.0” releases that will help move society in the future.

Kaufmc

Living Web 2.0 got as usual as using my toothbrush – but being much more exciting!

Jeffery Hirono

Web2.0 has filled my days with cycles of vision, dream, motivation and disappointments!

Vision: I see the big picture! I do…

Dream: Wouldn’t it be nice if I’m part of that big picture?

Motivation: My half-assed SideChooser.com built after days of restless nights and weekends

Disappointment: No Traffic… sigh…

Well, back to the vision and get motivated again.

Vikas

Web2.0 has made my life miserable –
– It made me believe that I must leave my cushy job and become an entrepreneur
– It has overwhelmed my mind and soul with loads of new stuff by way of blogs, tweets, productivity tools, status updates, pictures and videos.
– It has bought me disastrously close to losing my wife to my laptop, twice!
– It continues to promise to make my life easier, but inevitably complicates it further.

I don’t get it and sometimes I wonder if life was better without it. But yet I want to be part of it.

Mads Kristensen

Web 2.0 has essentially given me the ability to follow my lifelong dream of becoming a self-employed independent person and as such follow up on the interesting opportunities I stumple upon within my field of work.

How?

  • WordPress has given me a no cost CMS system for my website.
  • Flickr has given me the ability to share visual impressions with the world and get tons and laughs and sometimes even thoughtful feedback.
  • Jaiku has given me free access to a great community of like minded souls where we help each other out we thoughts and concrete challenges, we’re facing.
  • Google Apps has given me productivity and collaboration tools mapped against my own domain at almost no cost.
  • Momondo.com lets me travel to conferences, meetups etc at the lowest possible cost, and TripAdvisor gives me a sense of certainty that a cheap hotel can still be a real bargain.
  • Various user-driven review sites have guided me towards the best and most affordable apps to solve my business needs.

And the list goes on and on…

Essentially Web 2.0 has allowed me to set up shop for about 100 USD on software and services and provide access to a huge set of useful free tools that makes it a less cumbersome job to build a profitable business for myself.

Adam Foster

O yah and send me to the EXPO so maybe I can finally understand!

Adam Foster

Though I am still puzzled on what exactly Web 2.0 is even after hearing from numerous “experts”, attending hundreds of conferences, and using thousands of “Web 2.0” websites/applications.. I must say whatever it is it has greatly impacted me as it has completely taken over my life. Bring back Web 1.0 because I would love to have my life back!

Rustin

I’ve been interested in computers as long as I can remember. If you’re reading this we’re probably in the same boat. Growing up, did you ever try to downplay your computer interest for fear of being labeled a geek, nerd or loser? I remember one day in elementary school secretely swapping computer discs with a fellow computer friend like it was a back-alley drug deal. Instead of a Playboy, I hid a C++ book under my bed, constantly terrified that someone might find it.

Contrast that with the Web 2.0 of today. You’re not cool UNLESS you can use a computer. Web 2.0 has turned the tables by giving future technokids an advantage in the social world.

The Web 2.0 has changed my life (and everyones life) by making computers cool. (So much so that I’m quitting my job designing satellites to work for a Web 2.0 company and a trip to the Web 2.0 expo would be a great way to kick-off my new career !)

Josh

It would be really easy to overstate how much Web 2.0 has changed my daily life.

Sure, it’s great that I can geek out with fellow sneakerheads on Sneakerplay, play Scrabulous on Facebook with someone I went to college with, or Twitter my friends that I’m eating a burrito.

But I’ve always liked sneakers, Scrabble, and burritos. So in that sense, Web 2.0 hasn’t changed my daily life. I’m the same person doing the same things that I would have been doing otherwise.

The life-changing part is that it has made it more efficient for me to do those things, which means I can do them better and more often, which gives me a more meaningful experience with the things that I’m interested in.

Ian Andrew Bell

Web 2.0 has fundamentally changed the way that I consume, process, and recall information. Increasingly, things which I would generally hold within the feeble bounds of my memory are being stored on hard drives, accessible through HTTP and other technologies. The mobile web (enabled, at last by my unlocked iPhone) has begun to make these online storage media accessible from places other than in front of my computer, and the Semantic Web has begun to make it easier to retrieve and parse for interesting bits from my past as well as in realtime.

I have had a personal homepage on and off since 1993. I was once one of the top 10 links on YahoO! (back when they edited the page manually) but now, people are finding me more than ever before. In addition to an influx of “friends” digging me up from High School, Web 2.0 has also made the experience of using services and sites significantly more social. Sharing ideas, interesting finds, and propagating memes has already become significantly easier and, since that is the case, it’s something I am much more likely to do than 10 years ago, when I had to manually edit HTML and SCP it to my server. It allows me to hear and be heard on a scale I had never imagined I would be able to access.

So, Web 2.0 has indeed changed my life. The framework created by the collective (whose work began long before anyone had coined the phrase Web 2.0) has enabled and inspired a series of companies and great product ideas in my distant and recent past, and it has provided a catalyst for my own imaginative pursuits online and off. Web 2.0 is about as significant to my personal and professional evolution as … well … Web 1.0.

John

I’m becoming a global PC nomad, with less and less need to deal with legacy, tied-down desktop, shrink-wrapped software, using Google Apps such as Calendar, Docs and Spreadsheets (and of course Gmail), along with FotoFlexer for photo editing, Meebo for IM, looking for directions with Google Maps easily thanks to AJAX, and reading blogs (such as GigaOM, TechCrunch, Scobelizer, Jeremy Zawodney, John Battelle Search Blog, BoomTown, GroundSwell, etc.) with Bloglines.

I’m creating my own or participating on social networks with Ning, uploading local political event videos to YouTube (Kerry, Obama, Hillary, Edwards, Jackie Speier , etc), find photos on Flickr with tags, blogging on 8Asians.com on WordPress, and talking with my friends in Taiwan, England and India on Skype.

I’m away from my PC more, in touch with my iPod iTouch and Safari browser with my free Mountain View, CA Google WiFi, and my 3G Sprint Treo 700p and WAP browser, updating my status on Facebook, and using Google Mobile Maps and Gmail Java client.

I stay in touch with my friends with Facebook. I stay in touch with my former colleagues on LinkedIn.

A lot has changed since I started using the Internet in 1989 with my IBM and vax accounts in my freshman year in college, dialing into the campus network with my 300 baud Hayes compatible modem, when email was for geeks, using Gopher, ftp, telnet and usenet news, was the only way to access information.

What a wonderful web 2.0 world we live in!

iLan

I don’t know what I’d be doing for a living without web 2.0 services: market watch thanks to RSS and Netvibes, find business contacts with LinkedIn, Communicate with Gmail & Facebook, Share business files with Box.net, Network with Twitter.
There used to be any alternative to this?
email ilan _ at _ zlio_dot_com

AL

Web2.0 has made my computing dependency easier. I don’t have to install unnecessary software on my laptop; I can use computer as a place to manage my routine e.g. using services from basecamp.Overall for me now(because of web 2.0) Internet is a big server where I can login from any place at anytime..no need to carry anything physically with me.

lakhanirahul

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lakhanirahul

Web 2.0 has made me realize the social and professional value of networking. The sheer power of connections has tingled my senses in a way no other technology ever had before. I feel connected, informed, educated, and consequently, powerful. I spend endless hours reading about and playing with tools that utilize Web 2.0 to make my daily actions more productive and enable me to influence people I don’t know or never met before. I even landed my current job through LinkedIn, which is a testament to my claim about networking power.

For someone who never imagined writing or authoring content, I have been writing my own little blog which gives me tremendous satisfaction and an outlet to reach out to the hyper-networked world. Web 2.0 has had a profound effect on my life.

Imran R

Web 2.0 or social media in general has brought me into the social matrix. I feel like NEO, always plugged in. I can load information at the tips of my fingers, I can view whats going on with my friends, and I have become the ultimate sponge soaking in the world of blogs. All without having to swallow any pill.

Furthermore, I have connected with people I never would have met. From old friends to new relationships I have slowly been able to bring my life online with the help of creative web 2.0 entrepreneurs.

So in essence, I wake up, go to work, and open my browser to start my day with my iGoogle page which takes me to Gigaom, Techcrunch, Facebook, Mashable, Digg, and the latest youtube videos. Hence, Web 2.0 is my daily life.

David Llorens

WordPress has yanked all the difficulty out of making something look pretty, and my blog has helped people get solar panels on their roof, from education to connecting them with installers and making solar power for people a reality, web 2.0 literally helps me make a difference.

Zaid Farooqui

My grandmother in India knows more about what I am doing right now than…I do. Really. I twittered recently that I changed my facebook message few days ago to “chai, emails and shower.”

A minute later, the phone rings. I am replying to emails. The caller on the other line asks me “beta, having chai?” Shook me for a second. Then I smiled. Even more so because the chai was still in the microwave. Thanks to web2.0 I can live in the future, past and present–all at once.

Mike Corrales

Web 2.0 has given me new ways develop personally and develop a fulfilling career. It has afforded tools to work with people around the globe. Also, my interactions with people I know in the ‘real world,’ (i.e. my friends and family) are more frequent and, as a result, stronger. My connection to business associates and networks of people around the world that push me and my company to be more responsive, stronger, and better are only a click away.

From finding the best education resources (like Wikipedia), business contacts and networking (Jigsaw, Spoke.com, Facebook, and LinkedIn), business research (Survey Monkey), funding sources (Prosper.com), Charity (Kiva.org), and political affiliations (MoveOn.org), Web 2.0 has changed business models, the way we meet, the way we stay connected, the way we learn, and the way we sustain ourselves and our planet. The best part is that we’ve only just scratched the surface!

Mike Phelan

Web 2.0 has convinced me of the long-term viability of the browser as a platform.

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