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Thursday, July 30, 2009

Interesting detail.

"Joltid, a company owned by Skype's founders, merely licensed some of the system's core technology to eBay when it sold Skype to the auction giant in 2005. Joltid now says that the license has been revoked and eBay is infringing on its rights by continuing to use the technology. The case is scheduled to go to court in June of 2010 but eBay is trying to replace the technology in the meantime. It may not succeed."

Interesting detail. It seems that whoever worked the acquisition of Skype by eBay forgot something, and it is now biting back...

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83% understand the meaning of Enterprise

"83% surveyed understand the meaning of Enterprise 2.0 and even how it can help their business. Over half of organizations consider Enterprise 2.0 to be “important” or “very important” to their business goals and Success yet only 25% are actually doing anything about it, but this is up from 13% in 2008."

83% understand the meaning of Enterprise 2.0, 25% are doing something about it, up from 13% in 2008. Clearly we are still in the learning phase. The good news is that we are moving up the bell curve.

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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Testing Google Wave - part 2

I was one of the lucky users recently getting a Google Wave account (they just opened up their system to 20,000 users). And I have spent some time playing with the system.

There is a lot of chaos on the sandbox platform, which is still somewhat unstable (it crashed on me 3 or 4 times while I was testing). And since you only get one account you have no real friend to talk to, which means most of the conversations are happening through the discuss bot, with everybody doing everything at the same time.

It is interesting to see how things are slowly getting organized, and people get organized, figuring out how to use the system. As a result content also gets better organized. And in the end, I was surprised to find myself in an environment that feels very much like what I experience with blueKiwi (disclaimer - I work with blueKiwi).

True there are bells and whitles, like the clean up bot (removing blank blips) or the rosy bot (translations), or the twetty bot to publish your blips to Twitter, or the bloggy bot to publish a wave to a blog. But really what you have underlying is a communication platform where the key element is that it is organized around conversations.

First you create a wave, then you invite people to it. Just like in bK when you first create a note (or a poll or an event or other), and then you publish to specific people or to groups. And this is the key to the user experience.

This is different from what you typically see out there with other vendors, or with regular email, where you think first about individual people or a group, and then you send them a message.

This is the difference between an efficient way to communicate and a not-so-efficient way to communicate.

If anything, this first Google Wave experience makes me feel very good that blueKiwi has had the right vision from the beginning, and the Google guys thinking about what a modern communication platform should be agree with the general concept...

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Monday, July 27, 2009

Reframeit lets you keep your content where you can manage it: your blog

If you comment on blogs, you should consider using Reframeit! While IntenseDebate allows you to share your comments with others, the content remains on the IntenseDebate service. With Reframeit, I can publish my comments to my own blog, which is a better place for me to keep my own content. Something worth looking into...

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Testing Google Wave!

I was one of the lucky guys getting a Google Wave account recently (they just expanded to 20,000 accounts. While it is a bit disorienting at first, using wave is as great as what you can imagine from the launch video. I can't wait to be able to invite my friends...

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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Facebook or Twitter are learning experiences

"Facebook or Twitter are learning experiences", we are still in the process of discovering how to use social media and how to manage communication through these platforms. I like the way Adriana describes the state of the industry. Worth watching...

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Thursday, July 16, 2009

Adoption 2.0 council

From ITSinsider | What (2006), Why (2007), now How (2009) for Enterprise 2.0:

"Yes, the baby was born in ‘06, started crawling in ‘07, and now is running around like a maniac with boundless energy in ‘09. The Enterprise 2.0 movement is now a healthy child, growing stronger and more willful every day (just a cabinet door away from getting into trouble…) I returned from the Enterprise 2.0 conference this week rejuvenated, as I’d hoped to.

The number UNO issue on the minds of this year’s customer conference attendees was: HOW THE >>>> DO WE DO THIS??? Customers wanted to hear from other customers, not us (the so-called experts in Enterprise 2.0). The best sessions for me were definitely the unconference sessions where real practitioners could talk frankly about their challenges and share their successes."

Enterprise 2.0 is getting traction, the time is right for the people involved to discuss "best practices", and this Adoption 2.0 council is a great way to get started. I am looking forward to seeing what comes out of this effort...

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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Web 2.0 and Swarm Intelligence

From National Geographic Magazine "Swarm Theory" article:

"No generals command ant warriors. No managers boss ant workers. The queen plays no role except to lay eggs. Even with half a million ants, a colony functions just fine with no management at all—at least none that we would recognize. It relies instead upon countless interactions between individual ants, each of which is following simple rules of thumb. Scientists describe such a system as self-organizing."

Web 2.0 technologies create a platform to enable swarm intelligence. The article is not recent, but still very relevant. And this is a very good way to explain what is going on, rather than talking about culture and usage.

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Monday, July 06, 2009

Facebook and the public timeline

From - "The Day Facebook Changed Forever":

"After we wrote this post, Facebook HQ emailed to tell us that the first wave of users who get this feature will have their messages made public by default because their profiles were already marked as public, but that when they open the feature up to subsequent users - those users will have default privacy settings that match their pre-existing profile privacy settings. Unfortunately, in our tests so far (see our screencast) - we haven't been able to successfully change our default message settings back to friends-only, it stays stuck on public. When we switch our test account from profile public to profile private and then back again, the default for message posting gets stuck at "friends of friends!"

So there are some kinks to work out here. However, it appears that we may have jumped the gun and assumed something that was not said in the Facebook blog post: that the experience of all users was going to be like the experience of the first users. The feature appears not to be working correctly and it certainly wasn't communicated about well, but Facebook now tells us that it will not be opening things up quite like we characterized in this post."

Facebook and the public timeline: are they doing it or not? is this good or bad? What is sure is that the potential impact on users is big, so this is not a good place for confusion...

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Thursday, July 02, 2009

A growing acceptance of social networkin


"A June survey released by Facetime, makers of a gateway appliance for managing Web 2.0 applications, revealed the growing popularity of social networking applications in the workplace. Out of 1199 survey respondents, all IT professionals, there were more who felt that social networks played an important role in the business world than those who didn't. What's more, it appears that the IT folks are now seemingly OK with providing access these networks behind the firewall - even those that don't approve of their use!"

A growing acceptance of social networking in the workplace - good news for the Enterprise 2.0...

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