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DanceCentral (dancers web portal)

Dancecentral dancers web portal

My understanding of Web 2.0 is that it is not about network computer technology, it is about its applications.

Social networking sites have enabled computer literate users to publish and share their content with a world wide audience.

Web portals have gathered together related information into a hotspot of trading, sharing and learning. As a result new players have emerged from nowhere with multi-billion pound businesses that have originated in peoples sheds.

Dancecentral is both a web portal and an event management system. It gathers together a large and growing source of information about dancing in (among other things) the form of an event database. Users can look for the dance class, dance, instructor, demonstrator, DJ, venue, or demonstration that interests them, or perhaps publish new events. The site seems to be a resounding success. On only the second web log I examined there were 671,000 hits on the site. Why not take a look at


What you can expect from computer hardware in the future?

1. Smaller faster, cheaper, lighter computers for the desktop.  They will be no larger than a DVD drive.  They will be silent, and run free software, and much of this will be web based.  They will use solid state disks, and large quantities of cheap memory.

2. More powerful mobile phones will largely replace traditional PCs.  The screens of mobiles will occupy as much of the phone as physicallly possible.  "Soft buttons will have largely replaced mechanical buttons in top of the range phones.

3. Sophisticated screen display technology will be available that will allow us to use bigger computer monitors in smaller less likely workplaces.

4. Micro-factories: places of work no bigger than a loft extension, where budding entrepreneurs labour in their free time "printing" products with 3D printers and selling their wares by the internet.