Welcome to The Channel Telegraph. The “Channel” in our domain name comes from the D’Entrecasteaux Channel, a waterway that so beautifully separates Bruny Island from the mainland of Tasmania (Australia). This IP emenates from a trusty PC, sitting in an office with a view across the lush pastures to Bruny Island in the east – separated by said Channel. To be more precise, Woodbridge is in southern Tasmania – Australia. If you have the time, take a look at our where in the world is the Channel Telegraph page. It will put us in perspective!
The Channel Telegraph has a direct connection with the community of the D’Entrecasteaux Channel – it’s where we live our lives. But by its very nature, the World Wide Web will make it possible for this Blog, located in one corner of this tiny state of Australia, to be seen by many, many more. We trust we also have some relevance to that much larger audience.
What do we want to achieve through The Channel Telegraph? On a serious note, we would like to become known as a must-visit-website for the Channel community. A space they can come to for discussion, advice, links and business networks that can help them get a better handle on living and working with the rapid development on the “web”. On a less serious note- we also want to have some fun… the nicest sort of fun of course!
Although slow to pick up on the power of the web – in comparison to the rest of the world – the numbers of Australians using the Internet on a daily basis are growing rapidly. By world standards, we are yet to hit the levels of internet access that can be seen in (some parts of) Asia, the USA and Europe. More to the point, we certainly don’t see the blistering connection speeds that other countries are experiencing. That is even more painfully on show when you happen to live in regional Australia. But nevertheless, more of us are getting online and are embracing the potential that the web offers.
“The Web” was one once way traffic – we consumed, but did not really contribute to the growth and refinement of that information. More and more web content is now user generated.
Web 2.0 is just one part of the rise and rise of our “online lives”. Web 2.0 comes from a phrase coined by O’Reilly Media in 2004, it broadly refers to a “second-generation” of web-based services—like social networking sites, wikis, communication tools, and folksonomies—that emphasise online collaboration and sharing among users.
We are by no means experts on Web 2.0 – and the associated technologies – but we are happily coming along for the ride – and are keen to learn more. So, the Channel Telegraph will grow, as our knowledge grows. We welcome comment and suggestion on the subject. Our focus will be how the web can help us share, and use our collective knowledge. It will cover a diverse and no doubt eclectic range of topics of interest for individuals, groups, organisations and business that are looking for ways to use the web in many aspects of their personal, community and busines lives.
Very soon we will also be seeing some additional content from some regular contributors – including advice on marketing and promoting your business or organisation and some tips on improving your business’ online profile. As we evolve the site, there are sure to be some new categories and contributors regularly appearing in our lists.
We’ll also look at the devices and technologies that support and fuel this growing level of online collaboration. From the devices we use, through to the information sources that we plug into and the networks that we operate through. It all signals the progress in the democratisation of the web – and its capacity to help us, to help others through the fair sharing of resources and information – online.