The social Web before social networks: a report from 2003

David Weinberger

In 2003 it was becoming clear that we needed?—?and That was the theme of Clay Shirky ’s 2003 keynote at the ETech conference, the most important gathering of Web developers of its time. Clay’s 2003 analysis of the situation is awesome. ” The Web was getting very very big by 2003 and Clay points says that “we blew past” the “interesting scale of small groups.” ” But now (2003) we’re fully into the fully social web.

diverse networks, strong relationships

Harold Jarche

strong interpersonal relationships that allowed discussion, questions, and feedback were an essential aspect of the transfer of complex knowledge” – Hinds & Pfeffer (2003). Sharing complex knowledge requires trusted professional relationships.

Trending Sources

Revenge is not sweet

Mind Hacks

Empirical research by Crombag, Rassin, and Horselenberg (2003) showed that most people do not actually take revenge but merely have thoughts, feelings, and fantasies about it (see also Crombag, 2003).

Learning in a connected enterprise

Harold Jarche

In 2003 I was suddenly unemployed, jettisoned shortly before the learning technology company where I was CLO went bankrupt. My network in 2003 was quite small and mostly Canadian.

#C2Xmas Day 2: Samuel Pepys Diary

Jane Hart

The diary entries were published on this site daily, in real time, from January 2003 until May 2012, with readers discussing events each day. Day 2 of my Countdown to Xmas #C2Xmas continues here.

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seek, sense, share globally

Harold Jarche

Being able to connect so easily with others who have similar interests is incredibly powerful, and this was very difficult even when I started as a freelancer in 2003. When I started writing this blog almost a dozen years ago, I was pretty excited to connect with people in other countries.

I Have Glimpsed the Future of Commercial Aviation. There Were Fewer Workers There.

Andy McAfee

Even though it seems Lufthansa has had its ‘Quick Boarding’ gates up and running since 2003, today was the first time I experienced one.

learning cities

Harold Jarche

” — Janet Candy, Planning Learning Cities, 39th ISoCaRP Congress 2003. Is tribalism a reaction to our concerns about the emerging network era, which is putting into question our existing institutions and markets developed in previous eras?

Non-Research Citations in the Siemens Research Study

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

2003). New Directions for Higher Education, 2003(122), 5–12. Defending himself against my criticism of his recently released research study on distance and online learning, George Siemens tweets: Au contraire mon frère. There are many non-research articles cites, with a particular preference toward foundations, consultants, a few blogs and news and magazine articles. The non-research citations are as selective and ill-informed as the formal citations.

70:20:10 - Beyond the Blend

Charles Jennings

In 2003 the UK Department of Education and Training defined it as “ learning which combines online and face-to-face approaches ”.

Reserve your place for the webinar: Jane Hart in conversation with Jane Bozarth

Jane Hart

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One of the Best

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

He was inducted in the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in 2003 as an Expo. Gary Edmund Carter (April 8, 1954 – February 16, 2012) (nickname "The Kid" ) was an American former Major League Baseball catcher.


Open Innovation 2.0

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

In his 2003 book, Open Innovation: The New Imperative for Creating and Profiting from Technology , UC Berkeley professor Henry Chesbrough outlined this new model for business innovation.

Nailed! How managers develop proficiency

Jay Cross

4, Winter 2003) . Informal Learning and the Transfer of Learning: How Managers Develop Proficiency.

our future of work

Harold Jarche

First I did this as a freelancer, part of a new wave of work-from-home, globally-connected knowledge workers, beginning in 2003.


Doc Searls

For example, Wesleyan University issued a moratorium in 2003, after members of the faculty complained that they were being written about in sexually explicit chalk messages.

A Reading List That (Actually) Gets Read

Adaptive Path

This is a case study of the LEGO Group, focused most strongly on a all-in focus on innovation that almost sunk the company in 2003. Books can be like New Years’ Resolutions.

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The Architecture of Access to Scientific Knowledge

George Siemens

I interviewed him in 2003 as part of the Open Education group Stephen and I were developing at the time. Lawrence Lessig is skilled at taking complex issues and reducing them to their fundamental critical elements. I’ve crossed paths with him at several conferences over the last few years…and just last year, Athabasca University hosted him for an honorary doctorate for his work (most prominent of which is Creative Commons).

Have social networks replaced groups?

David Weinberger

Maxim Weinstein responded in an email to my post about what the social structure of the Internet looked like before Facebook, making the insightful point that Facebook meets the four criteria Clay Shirky listed for social software in his 2003 keynote at eTech. For example, Clay’s post from 2003 marvels at a “broadband conversation” in which the participants communicated simultaneously by conference call, through a wiki, and through a chat, each from a different source.

Social networks and engineering serendipity in the workplace

Ross Dawson

In a Living Networks Forum I ran in New York in 2003 we created “enhanced serendipity” , and I later wrote in more detail about Creating enhanced serendipity.

Disruptive Innovation Revisited

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

In her 2003 book, Technological Revolutions and Financial Capital: The Dynamics of Bubbles and Golden Ages , Carlota Perez observed that since the onset of the Industrial Revolution we’ve had 5 major technology-based revolutions and economic cycles, each one lasting roughly 50-60 years.

Pirates Play Databall, Purge Postseason Drought

Andy McAfee

Michael Lewis’s Moneyball came out in 2003 and popularized the story of the geek takeover of baseball, which has transformed the game. The Pittsburgh Pirates are in baseball’s playoffs for the first time since 1992.

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Embedding Learning in Work: The Benefits and Challenges

Charles Jennings

Can AI Help Translate Technological Advances into Strategic Advantage?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

We all thought that the Solow paradox was finally behind us when IT-driven productivity surged between 1996 and 2003. After many years of promise and hype, artificial intelligence is now being applied to activities that not long ago were viewed as the exclusive domain of humans.

Snow on the Water

Doc Searls

But that was what we might call the Static Web, a term I picked up from my son Allen in 2003, when he shared an amazing prophesy that has since proven correct: a new Live Web was starting to branch off the static one.

Would you recommend your L&D department?

Jay Cross

Fred Reichheld, The One Number You Need to Grow, Harvard Business Review, December 2003). Capturing L&D metrics too often entails asking the wrong people the wrong questions at the wrong time. Line leaders are a CLO’s most important customers. They judge the trade-offs in spending that determine L&D’s fate in the budget process. They base their decisions on what training professionals call Level 4: Did the training impact the bottom line? Did it matter?

Shifting work

Harold Jarche

” As early as 2003, a reportby the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas , showed that we are moving to an economy that values emotional intelligence, imagination and creativity. Note: this is a synthesis of several previous posts.

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working and living

Harold Jarche

percent between 2003 and 2013, according to NELP. Every fortnight I curate some of the observations and insights that were shared on social media. I call these Friday’s Finds.

Lean Principles in the Digital Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Lean principles is the name given to a group of production techniques developed by Japanese manufacturing companies around the 1970s-1980s to maximize customer value while reducing wasteful resource.

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What I Learned About Philanthropy, Fundraising, and Social Impact at IFCAsia in Bangkok

Beth Kanter

These are two photos of me and Tharum Bun , a Cambodia blogger I met via our blogs back in 2003.

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Reflections on the early days of social networking as LinkedIn reaches 100 million users

Ross Dawson

From there, Friendster was founded in 2002, LinkedIn and MySpace in 2003, and Facebook in 2004. Last week LinkedIn reached a significant milestone: 100 million users. On the occasion LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman sent out an email to the first 100,000 users thanking them for being early adopters. The email included the recipient’s member number, which are given in order of signing up. You can look it up yourself in your LinkedIn profile URL; it is the number after “id=”.

Automation For The People

Dan Pontefract

In 2003, Maarten Goos and Alan Manning coined this phenomenon “job polarization”.

Harold Jarche » LearnNB President calls for Humility

Harold Jarche

British Psy Ops in Afghanistan

Mind Hacks

Except for that, one of the last mentions was in 2003. BBC News has an extremely rare article on the UK military’s psychological operations group and their work in Afghanistan.

70:20:10 – Above All Else It’s a Change Agent

Charles Jennings

As Jay Cross pointed out back in 2003: “At work we learn more in the break room than in the classroom. “Progress is impossible without change; and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.”

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What is the theory that underpins our moocs?

George Siemens

Integrative and holistic knowledge approaches, distributed across global networks (for example, how the virus that causes SARS in 2003 was identified).

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Harold Jarche » Your valued opinion on work and life in the 21st Century

Harold Jarche

Thanks for the code

Harold Jarche

I later shifted to using Blogger (WordPress had just been created in 2003) with a link off my website. One of my earlier blog posts is still online, which I stumbled upon this week, much to my surprise.

“IT Doesn’t Matter” Ten Years Later

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The article appeared in the May 2003 issue of the Harvard Business Review , where Carr was then an editor-at-large. How quickly time passes. It’s already been ten years since the publication of Nicholas Carr’s controversial article IT Doesn’t Matter.

I Unfriended You On Facebook. Are We Still Friends?

Dan Pontefract

Although it launched a year earlier than Facebook in 2003, it was billed as a professional social networking site (an electronic business card venture of sorts) and this positioning caused a demarcation between it and Facebook.