For the last decade, the constructs of society have been based around social involvement, communication and accessibility to information. The well known leaders and game changers have been large companies. These companies have effectively used technology to impact the ways in which people integrate themselves into an evolving society. Well know players have been Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter, Quora, Pinterest, and Stack Overflow.
These companies have all developed platforms which have allowed people to share and collaborate with each other on different levels. Hastac is not as large of a company, but its platform can be used in endless ways.
Thousands of users and institutions turn to Hastac for a means of intellectual collaboration, research, and access to new information across levels of higher education. Being a Hastac member gives you access to a huge database of information and knowledge. Not only are you free to blog on the ideas that matter to you, but you can also collaborate with those who have posted blogs as well.
The ability to share thoughts with other bloggers and question the ideas that some pose expresses the type of community that Hastac develops. The community encourages thoughtful collaboration and the blogs that people write are content rich which for the most part engage intellectual curiosity.
Hastac wins over an intellectually stimulated community though the ways in which it categorizes its information. All of the posts are organized into sectors such as tech, politics, humanities, and culture. These sectors thus allow both writers and readers alike to find information most relevant to their interests and potentially communicate directly with those in that topic.
While going through blogs in the tech sector, I seem to find myself overwhelmed with information because although many of these blogs relate to my field of study, the perspective and outside knowledge of these writers are formulated in a way that I never acknowledged before and for that reason I view Hastac as a powerful source of information and collaboration in today’s social climate.