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Marshall's Web Tool Blog

Training and Consulting in New Tools for Effective Web Use

This site is an archive of posts that I hope you will find useful. Please visit my new site at Marshallk.com.


Hi there everybody (or should I say anybody) and welcome to my new little blog. I've been itching to get started on this for a long time and now that I've finally graduated from school...here it begins.

What I intend to do is start a consulting and training business in the use of new web tools. Tools like...

  • RSS - content syndication, push and pull
  • Search - including automated search, metasearch and other search tools
  • Blogs - easy web publishing
  • Wikis - collaborative knowledge development
  • Social bookmarking - popular cataloging of online content
  • Podcasting - radio on demand/ MP3 content mixed with RSS syndication
  • And anything else that's exciting and useful!
I believe that while big businesses and other large institutions are rapidly adopting these tools, social change organizations and small businesses are doing so far more slowly. That's a real loss to them, but something that can be easily overcome with exposure, relatively simple training in the use of these tools and some creative application into particular groups' contexts and needs.

For those who are familiar with, for example, the use of RSS aggregators - you know how exciting the difference is between access to personalized, aggregated content feeds and manual web surfing for information. For those unfamiliar, I believe that the difference between using the web without RSS and with RSS is analogous to the difference between using a dial-up phone line connection and a high-speed connection. There is a world of new possibilities opened, and once you've taken that step you won't want to go back; using the web in the old ways starts to feel like using it incorrectly.

In the interest of keeping blog entries succinct I'll wrap this one up. Right now I am working on a comparison of various wiki software options. (See Wikipedia's definition of a wiki.) I have a short period of time to prepare for a presentation to a non-profit group interested in using a wiki for internal communication between their monthly meetings. I'll write more about that, and the future of this blog and my business in another entry.

If you are interested in keeping abreast, here's my RSS feed for these blog entries. This blog will of course be undergoing dramatic changes in the coming days, but I wanted to get the content flowing. Thanks for reading!

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