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5 New Year resolutions that might make you more interesting (or less annoying).

5 New Year resolutions that might make you more interesting (or less annoying).

Having trouble deciding what your New Year resolution should be? Looking for something challenging, or maybe even life changing? Here’s a few behaviour changes to ponder, any one of which would potentially improve my own social media/social networking experience and probably that of many others! 1. Review and update your personal profile. Are you one of the growing number of self-proclaimed experts, gurus, ninjas and black-belts in your chosen trade or subject area? Yes, you might have a doctorate, or…

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The ART of Collaboration (2)

The ART of Collaboration (2)

Collaboration is at the heart of social networking and the bedrock for effective knowledge sharing. More and more organisations have recognised that encouraging collaboration between staff, stakeholders and customers will enable co-design, co-production and opportunities for innovation to emerge.

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New Paradigms For Collaboration & Knowledge Sharing

New Paradigms For Collaboration & Knowledge Sharing

The world of social interaction, fuelled by the plethora of social media tools, has opened up new opportunities to learn and share. Classroom training is no longer an essential part of learning and development. We can now tap into the collective wisdom of peers and experts as and when we need. Skilling ourselves for a challenging and volatile environment is a personal responsibility – we can’t rely on others, including the people and organisations we work for.

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Say No To Internet Explorer 6 (IE6)

Say No To Internet Explorer 6 (IE6)

I’ve often wondered why there isn’t more of a groundswell of discontent amongst users who have no other choice but to use Internet Explorer version 6 (IE6) as their interface to the web world. I’m thinking primarily of public sector workers who probably had this installed on their PCs several years ago along with the perfunctory use of Sharepoint. I have to assume that in most cases they don’t know what they are missing with Social Web enabled browsers such…

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Discovering the value of Social Networks and Communities of Practice

Discovering the value of Social Networks and Communities of Practice

There has been much written about measuring the value of online communities such as Social Networks or Communities of Practice.  However, most pundits tend to think of measuring value from a purely financial perspective, i.e. the Return on Investment (ROI).  Clearly this is an important factor, but it’s not the only factor that should be considered. Surprisingly few organisations consider the value that is being created by having better informed and more knowledgeable staff, or the potential value of getting…

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Ten Reasons Social Media Will Not Replace Email

Ten Reasons Social Media Will Not Replace Email

Email is here to stay – long live email?  Here are some reasons why email is not going to disappear soon: 1. People still send hand-written letters via snail mail, even though they could instead make a phone call, send an email, text message, or status update. 2. Nearly all sites on the web that require registration require an email address. Some are starting to integrate social media into this process (through things like Facebook Connect), but that is still…

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Knowledge Hub – part 1

Knowledge Hub – part 1

This is the first opportunity I’ve had to write anything about the Knowledge Hub (Khub) Advisory Group meeting that took place last week (17th September) in London, though a number of my colleagues have been pretty active in the blogosphere and twitterverse on the topic. In particular I found Ingrid Khoeler’s post pretty much spot on and wondered if indeed if I had anything more to say on the topic. Well, clearly yes, because I’ve started this post! Maybe I…

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Taxonomies and Folksonomies

Taxonomies and Folksonomies

Thanks to Steve Wheeler (aka @timbuckteeth) for picking up the conversation I started on Twitter  where I defined a Taxonomist as: One who organizes information in ways that make sense to content providers, rather that content users. Steve’s riposte was to define a ‘Folksonomist’ as: One who organizes information in ways that make sense to his/her own community of practice or interest. I know that strictly speaking the role of a ‘folksonomist’ may not exist, since folksonomies tend to emerge…

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US Now film now online

US Now film now online

For anyone that has been following the US Now project the film is now online to watch. For anyone else this is the background: In a world in which information is like air, what happens to power? Us Now is a documentary film project about the power of mass collaboration, government and the Internet. Us Now tells the stories of online networks that are challenging the existing notion of hierarchy.  For the first time, it brings together the fore-most thinkers…

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Is social networking learning?

Is social networking learning?

Great post by Shannon Turlington on the question of whether social networking is learning.  A point often missed in this debate is the serendipity inherent in social networking that enables you to discover new knowledge – i.e. we don’t know what you don’t know until we uncover it. Shannon writes: What I like most about using social networking tools this way is how serendipitous it can be. Sure, I can ask questions or search for knowledge on a subject I…

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