Making Use of the Web Blogs, Wikis, and Collaboration Writers can publish their views and share their interests using blogs, as you learned in Chapter 2. The blogosphere began as an easy way for individuals to express their opinions on the web. Today, this communications vehicle has become a powerful tool for individuals, groups, and corporations to promote their ideas and to advertise their products. Individuals easily may set up a blog free or for a fee, and they do not need to have knowledge of web design or programming. Wikis are collaborative websites.As discussed in Chapter 2, users can develop, modify, and delete content on these public or private websites. This information can include articles, documents, photos, and videos. Other collaboration websites, such as Google Docs, allow users to share documents and to work together in real time.All files are stored online, so participants can access these documents everywhere at any time. Research This: (a) Visit two blogging services, such as Tumblr,WordPress, or Blogger.What steps are required to start a blog? Do these services have monthly or annual fees? Do storage limitations exist? What options are available to customize the design? Can products or services be sold or advertised? If you were to set up a blog, which topics would you cover? Could you assign your own domain name to your blog? (b) Visit two reference wikis.Which subjects are featured? Which organizations host the websites? How are the wikis funded? Are they public or private? Who may edit the content? What procedure is used to add, modify, or delete information? (c) Visit two collaboration websites.What features are available for sharing content, such as managing projects, scheduling, blogging, discussing forum topics, publishing information, delivering announcements, or uploading photos and videos? Are chat windows and whiteboards offered? What is the charge for using these services? Do they offer a mobile app? Do members receive notifications when content is updated?