Gartner Says Organizations Face Five Major Challenges Regarding Social Software


social software techniques and technologies are becoming crucial in supporting and strengthening collaboration and nonroutine work in businesses and warned against dismissing them as a fad or a threat to general productivity.

The demand from workers is escalating and they can and are turning to the consumer Internet if their corporate technology provider isnt offering a solution.

all organizations should at least be at the stage where they are investigating social software

Gartner has advised enterprises to invest the time and resources required to understand, design, grow and nurture social software implementations rather than simply installing a social software tool and expecting a community to automatically assemble and flourish.

advises organizations to balance the benefits of mass collaboration with the risks of bad behavior, including security breaches.

The traditional workday is in transition. Many organizations are not yet equipped for a virtual workplace, and virtual workday scenarios and are concerned with managing productivity in this more loosely structured work environment. Organizations will need to constantly challenge the way they evaluate employee productivity and promote work/life balance as social software becomes more pervasive in the business environment.

Meditate gente, meditate.


What is worth reading? What is worth knowing? What is worth doing?
There’s arguably too much interesting and entertaining things to spend our time on. Making priorities and getting things done is more challenging than it ever was. And we are as good as ever at procrastinating.
And as the net gets filled with more info and more connections, we get less and less knowledgeable about it (more about this here).

SpotPlex is an new automatic voting-by-reading tool trying to help us to get access to (relevant) information. I am not saying it can help us with the issues above, but it can be seen as (another) an attempt at dealing with those.

Exclusive: Is SpotPlex a Better Digg?:

News stories are not submitted by users, as with Digg. Instead, sites that want to participate include some javascript code on their site, which monitors what stories/posts are read. The more times a story is read, the higher it appears in Spotplex. Very popular stories will make it to the Spotplex home page.

Compared with explict voting systems like Digg, the automation involved is the interesting part of it (the site content is not quite there yet). News are pulled ann displayed on the home page while they are being ‘read’ (clicked). For this to work, a code snippet should be inserted in the source e.g. a blog, for it to be visible to SpotPlex.

I don’t remember how Techmeme works and could not immediately find an explanation page linked from the home page, but the following note from Gabe Rivera

So I built a software agent to surface these links in real time and the result is Techmeme, the site you’re visiting now.

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about it. Note the you need to add services to your account as the default settings only give you access to the IMified’s own services: Notes, Reminders, and Todos.

Update: The title and what’s above the line is what was actually posted by IMfied. What I had actually written in the GoogleTalk client is in the screenshot below

chat session with IMified

It is likely that the html code for the link did mess up with the process.

Techmeme is a BlogRank

October 6, 2006

Techcrunch » Blog Archive » TechMeme Invents New Kind of Advertisment:

TechMeme is an entirely automated web service that looks at what bloggers are talking about, and linking to, and decides what is news based on that analysis. In many ways it is an anti-Digg. Humans have no say in what appears on the TechMeme homepage, other than by blogging about it.

It is one of the more important technical innovations that has come out of the new web.

For who doesn’t read the News. There is a useful new feature on called My Comments:

it’ll show the comments you’ve made across, as well as the comment directly before yours and any replies to the post since yours. Posts with the latest replies are at top. If a comment thread gets really long we trim it and only show the latest stuff.

Gave it a try and it works great. I’d like to have a feed for the My Comments page.

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I did not find yet a media sharing site that has the right blend of features I’d like to have to publish for my family and friends. Essentially, the balance struck between privacy and requirement to set up accounts is still cumbersome (not to me but to my ‘audience’).

Pongyow is a new “place for you to share your photos and stories with your friends and family around the world”.
I went thru the tour and what I liked most is

  • totally free, with unlimited storage uploaders for Windows XP and Mac OS X
  • Collaborate With Your Friends If your friend has a photo album of a birthday party, and you have an album of the same party, why not put them together? With Pongyow, it’s easy to create shared albums with your friends. All you have to do is give your albums the same name (and be linked as friends on Pongyow), and your photos will automatically be included in each others’ albums!

The features set is not spectacular and probably I won’t set up an account to give it a try (besides, I have many others already).

The share-by-name-among-friends feature is quite interesting to me; it may improve on the share-by-tag-among-all feature by limiting the explosion of contents in two ways:

  1. a name is likely to be more selective than a tag (or a set of tags, for that matter), and/or
  2. the pool the selection operates on is the network of friends rather than the whole, much larger community.

IBM Research | Watson | Cambridge | Dogear:

Social bookmarking is a new bookmarking technique that is changing the way people organize and browse their Internet bookmarks. Rapidly gaining popularity, social bookmarking has a number of key elements that make it different from traditional bookmarking. For example, it lets users centrally store, categorize, and share a set of personal Web bookmarks with others. Despite widespread usage, there have been few, if any, social bookmarking systems appropriate for large organizations and businesses. The goal for the dogear project was to design and build a world-class social bookmarking service aimed at the enterprise, which explored these ideas.

Dogear exploits the enterprise by allowing people to bookmark pages within their Intranet. In addition it uses enterprise directories to authenticate the user’s identity. This allows people to find experts on specific topics within the company. For example, a employee looking for someone knowledgeable in Java can look at the dogear “java” tag to see who has been bookmarking pages around that topic. Dogear will also show tags associated with “java,” which may help to refine the search. Once users have found a potential expert, they can see that person’s bookmarks, internal blog, and contact information. This form of expertise location helps spur collaboration and sharing of resources within the company.

You can read more about dogear in this article in Queue magazine.