Another one bites the dust (to the tune of song by Freddie Mercury, of course). I’m beginning to wonder if the way I use social media is becoming anachronistic, i.e. I seem to be out of step with what I assume must be the majority of users who have found no use for Google Reader, Google Sidewiki, Google Notebook, Google Labs, Google Answers, and now the latest to be consigned to the Google Graveyard – iGoogle.
Yes, I’ve used them all, and in some cases (Reader and iGoogle) have devoted considerable time in personalising the interface, carefully selecting the content sources and widgets that would enable me to quickly tap into the topics and conversations that I’ve chosen to follow.
So I assume the rest of the social-media-verse operate in an entirely different way to myself. Presumably relying on serendipity to find the useful nuggets amongst the cacophony of noise on the InterWeb. How quaint. Seems like I’d better haul myself into the 21st century and hope that the “thirty-things-you-wished-you’d-known-at-school” from Buzzfeed or the “top-10-people-who-have-nothing-interesting-to-say-but-you-ought-to-follow” from Mashable just happen to be the things I should be looking at. Don’t you just love evolution?!
As a reminder – here’s what we (correction “me”) will remember with affection:
The countdown to this year’s Online Information Conference has begun, and with an anticipated 400 delegates from over 35 countries, and a line-up of internationally renowned keynote speakers, it promises to maintain the benchmark it has set for itself in becoming the year’s premier event for information professionals.
The event runs for two days on 19th and 20th November at the Victoria Park Plaza, London. Key learning opportunities from this year’s event include:
- New strategies for using social media to collaborate and build relationships.
- Making sense and creating value from Big Data.
- New methods and business models for e-publishing.
- How to create and structure content for a multi-device, multi-platform world.
- New and emerging business models for open data and open access.
- Keeping up with developments in search technologies.
See the full agenda for Day 1 and Day 2, and a short video of last year’s event.
There is also a great opportunity to network before, during and after the event with the fantastic Bizzabo event app. Available to download for iPad/iPhone and Android devices, it will give up-to-date information about the conference proceedings and enable users to share their experience, arrange meetings and discover new friends via its integration with the professional LinkedIn network. Details about the app on the Conference website or read a review of the app on Techcrunch.
I’m looking forward to meeting as many people as I can at this year’s event – either in person or via the app. If you want to make the most of the conference experience, I highly recommend downloading and using the app….now! Happy networking!
(Steve Dale – Chairman Online Information Conference Committee)
See on Scoop.it – Data & Informatics
“If you’re seeking a service that’s super secure, all-encompassing, and easy to use, the best choice would probably be to go outside the U.S., where legal measures could make it more difficult to access data. But you’ll have to pay a hefty price for it.”
Stephen Dale‘s insight:
On the back of the Edward Snowden revelations, more of us are becoming aware of the level and degree of Government/State digital surveillance, and whilst we can accept that there are legitimate reasons for this, e.g. to gather intelligence of terrorist activities, there is the inevitable concern that this data (our data) may be misused, misappropriated or even sold to third parties. And not forgetting the private sector, where emerging social analytical tools are being used by marketing departments to track our digital trail.
This article reinforces the view that there may ultimately be two classes of consumers using the internet; those who can afford to pay a premium to remain protected and private and those who cannot. A whole new economy of companies who provide anonymous search, super-encrypted email and document sharing, and protected document storage etc. are blossoming. Are we approaching the point whereby the Internet will become like an airplane with first class and economy seats? I’m beginning to think so.
See on www.newrepublic.com
A slight departure from my usual “communities & collaboration” theme, but given the growing trends for mobile working and BYOD, I thought this might be relevant.
Apple likes to generate tons of hype for every new release, but the announcement of the iOS 7 beta has more than a few people talking. Apple told tech geeks the second beta version will be available for developers to examine, says PC Mag. The company claims this new iOS is the most important thing it has done since the iPhone.
Apple made its announcement at the recent Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC). Apparently there wasn’t enough time to discuss other developments, like its much-hyped Apple TV. However, it certainly has iPhone and iPad users everywhere sitting up, as some of the new features look extremely exciting.
The Intent of iOS 7
Apple offers a comprehensive look at iOS 7 on its website, where the company discusses the intentions behind the new operating system. Apple explains the importance of design, and how the idea of design for Apple goes far beyond merely looking good. Design, says Apple, is about simplifying even the most complex things into a usable and elegant interface.
While it’s still unclear how successful the company will be in achieving this goal, those who have used the new iOS have mentioned several great new features.
- Visible Timer: The timer everyone uses so frequently will now be visible on the lock screen function. This will prove extremely useful for those who use timers while engaging in activities that leave their hands dirty. Cooking and washing are just a few tasks that come to mind where this feature will be a lifesaver.
- iCloud Keychain: Entrepreneur discovered that iOS 7 keeps your keychain — all your passwords and credit information — synced and encrypted across all of your devices.
- Pinch to Zoom Video: Now, when you’re recording video on your device, you can pinch the screen to zoom on your subject.
- Mark Messages as Read: The whole world hopes this feature will make it to the final release of iOS 7. Veteran iOS users know how annoying it can be to get 20 batch emails, for instance, and then to have to go through and select each one individually to mark them as read. It’s a time consuming and fairly ridiculous process for such an advanced system, and a change that should have happened years before.
- Block Numbers: Call blocking has been something users have requested for years, according to Cult of Mac, and it’s a good thing Apple is finally responding. There are times when you want to block someone from calling or texting you, and now you should be able to do it fairly easily.
- Find My iPhone: This is a feature that Apple has confirmed. The new iOS will allow you to wipe or lock your phone remotely using your Apple ID and password, and you can also display a custom message to the person who has it.
A Bright Future
The new features, both potential and confirmed, of iOS 7 are exciting. You will have to wait until Autumn 2013, however, to enjoy them.
Image by William Hook pursuant to the terms of his Creative Commons license.
See on Scoop.it – The Social Web
The mere presence of other people can boost your performance, and 8 other research-backed findings about collaboration and teamwork.
Stephen Dale‘s insight:
A useful list of evidence-based attributes associated with effective team collaboration.
1. The mere presence of other people can boost your performance.
2. A familiar team has benefits like a home stadium.
3. Virtual teams can outperform face-to-face teams.
4. A balance of extroverts and introverts makes for a better team.
5. Most good teams have one analytic thinker on board.
6. Teams perform better when they include both men and women.
7. There’s a danger of teams splitting into sub-groups.
8. Effective teams depend on “social sensitivity.”
9. The best teams communicate outside of formal meetings.
Are there more?
See on 99u.com