Web 2.0 Awards

I looked at some of the winners of the Web 2.0 Awards and there are some interesting ones.  Not a whole lot of stuff I would use regularly, but it is interesting to see what is out there.  I would like to explore Stumble Upon more at home sometime.  I was surprised that some sites I think of as 2.0 that I WOULD or DO use were not even on the long list…Since they were not, here are some of my fave 2.0 sites:

Ravelry -This is a social networking (and more) site for knitters and crocheters.  Kinda like Goodreads or Library thing in some ways, but for a different audience.  I think just about anyone who knits or crochets knows about this site and is highly addicted to it.  It has loads of free patterns and you can shop for patterns and other items as well.  You can show off what you are working on, and keep progress reports on the projects you are working on.  You can create an inventory of your yarn stash, needles and hooks & pattern books.  There are also forums and you can of course find ‘friends.’  How did this site get missed?  Seriously!!!

Swap-bot -This is a site where you can sign up to swap things with others from all across the world.  Mostly you swap things you make.  There are swaps for all interests.  I’ve seen recipe swaps, postcard swaps, ATC (Artist Trading Card), quilting, sewing, knitting, crochet, Mix CDs, letters, magazines, books, photography…all sorts of things!  The swaps have a deadline and you have a partner or several partners.  You also fill out a profile about yourself and can join groups.  It isn’t quite as advanced on the social networking side though.  Here is a link to my profile on swap-bot: 

http://www.swap-bot.com/user:djminimart

Spoonflower: Not entirely sure if this counts as 2.0, but it is such a cool new site, especially if you are an artsy type.  They just this week opened it up to anyone too.  Basically on this site you can upload your own designs and have them printed on fabric!  They look all professional too!  I haven’t tried uploading an image just yet, but will soon! 

I know I am supposed to have my librarian hat on for these exercises, but I cannot help but leave my artsy-crafty hat on…Web 2.0 technology has really brought such a HUGE, GIGANTIC sense of community to domestic arts and arts and crafts.  It has also led to a celebration of many formerly under-appreciated skills that have traditionally been done by women.  I love how so many women are blogging about what they make and do and that there are sites like the ones above.  In my blogging and swap experiences over the last 2 years, I have connected with people of all ages and from all over the country!  How amazing, when you really think about it!  A community like this didn’t exist 10 years ago.  The arts and crafts are one area where I see Web 2.0 at its best.   

Ok, stepping down from my soapbox now…