The Web 2.0 tool I have chosen for this post is entitled Startups.
|Web 2.0 Tool - Startup - Home Page|
It is a free tool that primarily focuses on anyone who is trying to start up his or her own business. The tool has gradually branched into offering assistance for small business owners who have start-up business questions. A wiki ‘conversation’ page allows users to post their business question and receive answers from those in business fields who are members of the wiki, thus providing guidance and support.
|Screenshot of Startups Wiki page|
This user-generated content makes the tool seem quite friendly. The site also contains links to articles of interest. Additionally, there is also a link to a recently produced YouTube business start-up video. The user can keep up with current posts through links to "Twitter, FriendFeed, Facebook, Delicious, Stumbleupon, and Google Bookmarks".
It appears that the latest update to this tool was completed on 12/29/09. This does make me question whether the tool is as up-to-date as it could possibly be for users.
I have chosen this tool for one basic reason. My Action Research Project deals with adult learners who are pursuing their undergraduate degree. These learners are encountering a job market that is highly competitive. Many of these adult learners are trying to brush up on forgotten skills while honing in on new skills that will aid their job searches once they receive their undergraduate degree. The idea of starting up their own business is one that I believe can help these adult learners/students with their job search. No, it is not an easy task to accomplish. A versatile tool such as Startups does provide needed guidance.
Overall, the Startups.com website provides business entrepreneurs valuable information, links out, and a forum for questions.