Blogging has revolutionized information is disseminated. No longer do we need to depend on the mass media to deliver up-to-the-minute news and information. Today, news breaks in an instance on blogs around the world.
Podcasting has allowed people to create and distribute their own multimedia programming to the masses, all with ease and very little technical skill. There are millions of podcasts, with a huge range of topics. This technology is simple to learn, easy to use, and as powerful as any mass medium you can imagine.
Wikis provide people with an easy way to collaborate and share information online. The key component of wikis is that it allows anyone to contribute to the collective knowledge on any topic. Anyone can add or modify the information in given topic. Of course, this fact means that people should be sure the information they're reading is accurate by verifying it with another source.
Social networking has taken off like a rocket in recent years. Sites like Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, and LinkedIn have taken the charge in making social networking a vital part of our everyday lives. We now connect with people more often thanks to social networking, but in non-traditional ways.