If Your Enterprise Social Network Is a Ghost Town It’s Probably Due To Your Corporate Culture

Dan Pontefract

We deployed our enterprise social network last year, but it’s a ghost town. One I know thousands of other companies and organizations are struggling with at this very moment. We’re a financial services company. Working together is built into the company’s DNA.

Detailed stats: Social networks dominate Internet usage, Australia still #1

Ross Dawson

Research company Nielsen has just released detailed statistics on online activity , focusing on social networks and blogging, which at 22.5% Facebook completely dominates the social networking and blogging space, with over 70 times the next most prominent social networking site.

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Social networks and engineering serendipity in the workplace

Ross Dawson

The New York Times has an interesting article titled Engineering Serendipity which looks at the some of the ways companies are trying to create felicitous and unexpected connections between their staff. This requires the design of a network structure in which nodes (e.g.

Reality check: intelligence agencies have been using social network analysis since the 1990s

Ross Dawson

Gathers Data on Social Connections of U.S. I fail to understand why this is big news, since US intelligence agencies have been using social network analysis (SNA) for domestic purposes since the 1990s, and likely even before that.

Social Networking and Going Back to Basics

Luis Suarez

In “ Is Social Media Becoming a Vast Wasteland? You’ve seen the evidence yourself: Companies with the largest online presence are messing with our personal data, traditional marketers are shouting messages rather than building relationships. Innovation Social Enterprise

Scenarios for the downfall of Facebook and a new landscape for social networks

Ross Dawson

Today I gave the keynote on Social Media and the Future at Marcus Evans’ CIO Summit. In question time after my keynote I was asked whether Facebook will still be the dominant social network in 5 years. In this case, we need to tell a credible story on how Facebook loses its predominant position in social networks. This would almost certainly be related to privacy, driven by over-commercialization by the newly public company.

Google+ may miss the big opportunity: spanning internal and external social networks

Ross Dawson

As many others have expressed, it is very frustrating to be delayed several months into the hottest new social space because we are more dedicated Google users than others. Andy Pattinson kindly pointed me to the following video and form for ‘entities’ (companies, brands etc.)

Connecting Companies and Markets

Harold Jarche

Management in the Network Era: It is only through innovative and contextual methods, the self-selection of the most appropriate tools and work conditions, and willing cooperation, that more productive work can be assured. Connecting companies to markets in the network era.

Chance favours the Connected Company

Harold Jarche

Riitta Raesmaa picked up on this in Embracing chaos with a little help from my friends : “ Changes in the organizational culture, more open attitudes and behavior, together with social media tools and services, are altering the landscape of human connectedness and the ways of value creation.”

Liberate Your Company Through Employee Engagement

Luis Suarez

If there is one topic out there in the field of Social Business that has been bugging me for a long while, as perhaps one of my strongest pet peeves ever, way even before we first started using the concepts of Social Business and Enterprise 2.0,

Reviewing "The Social Network" - Constructing Grand Narrative

John Hagel

  Many who know Mark Zuckerberg and his company are upset about the inaccuracies in The Social Network.  We live in the midst of a social revolution and this movie represents the effort of mass media to make sense of the changes going on around them.   The Social Network is full of inaccuracies according to those who are close to the personalities and the companies. The debate has begun.

Should Companies Block Access to Digital Tools?

Luis Suarez

In “ Should Companies Allow Facebook at Work? ” he comes to talk about that number of companies out there who, still, in 2013!, are blocking the use of social networking tools for their employees, so that they wouldn’t waste time at work, or goof around unnecessarily.

The social Web before social networks: a report from 2003

David Weinberger

The Web was social before it had social networking software. It just hadn’t yet evolved a pervasive layer of software specifically designed to help us be social. a new class of application, unsurprisingly called “social software.” But what sort of sociality were we looking for? The two talks, especially Clay’s, serve as reminders of what the Internet looked like before social networks. I, too, ask why social software was a buzzword in 2003.

Should companies drive their traffic to Facebook?

Dion Hinchcliffe

Social networks like Facebook seemingly have a vast, ready-made audience for businesses to do just about whatever they need. I explore the issues and strategies for making the most of external social networks Or are they just honey traps that make it easy for businesses to set up shop and lose control over their relationships and data?

Compulsory viewing: A CEO perspective on the business value of internal social networks

Ross Dawson

A few days ago Arie Goldshlager pointed me to the fantastic video below of Giam Swiegers, CEO of Deloitte Australia, talking about the company’s use of micro-blogging. However, as the video below clearly shows, Swiegers is not a man who likes social media for its own sake.

Power Shift – People Running Companies by Apple?

Luis Suarez

Yes, 29 years ago some folks over at Apple truly understood and fully embraced the Power of Social. The balance of power from companies running people to, hopefully, people running companies ” [Emphasis mine]. Specially, in the context of Living Social in the workplace?

An Engaged Culture Improves Performance, Not The Other Way Around

Dan Pontefract

Culture employee engagement Performance company culture engagement performanceA vice-president approached me one day after I finished delivering a keynote. The talk was focused on organizational culture. He was friendly, but rather cocky. The first.

MIT global study on social business: Executives increasingly understand the value and success drivers

Ross Dawson

MIT Sloan Management Review together with Deloitte have just launched 2012 Social Business Global Executive Study and Research Project , drawing out some very interesting insights from a survey of almost 3,500 executives from 115 countries. Social Business: What Are Companies Really Doing?

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Social Networking: The Benefits Outweigh the Constraints

Nigel Paine

If you sit in the average conference room with, say 40, executives from both the public and private sector and enthuse them about the power, speed and, indeed, empowerment of social networking, you have all the heads nodding in seconds. Take this same, enthusiastic and smiling group and ask them how many people work for companies that restrict access to social networking software or ban it outright, and 35 hands shoot up, and the smiles immediately stop. “It?s

The Social C-Suite

Dan Pontefract

The Social C-Suite. Among the 47,361 employees surveyed in 120 countries worldwide, Gallup – a research-based performance-management consulting company – pegs the percentage of employees who are engaged at 11 percent. Should the C-Suite become more involved in social?

Why do you curate? The 3 intents of curation and how they create value

Ross Dawson

I was recently in Rome for 24 hours to run a workshop for the senior technology executives of a global Fortune 50 company. It is hard work to create content, but today simply by curating other people’s content you can build a powerful social media profile.

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Employee Access to Social Media in the Workplace Decreases

Dan Pontefract

You might find it odd for a law firm, but they’re really interested in social media too. The firm recently published the third version of its “Social Media in the Workplace Global Study” The first survey and research report was based on results from 2011.

5 Use Cases for a Corporate YouTube in Organizations

Dan Pontefract

1) Social Learning. That is social learning. There are many benefits to adding it as part of your company culture including the 5 I list above. engagement social social learning social networking video sharing confluence fuse jive kenexa mediacore successfactors youtube

Vancouver is Home to Several ‘Social’ Rock Stars

Dan Pontefract

Although Boston, Austin and Silicon Valley are home to both companies and personalities considered to be heavyweights in the Collaboration, Enterprise 2.0, Let’s start first with the companies. book ) is a great example of a social work-based collaboration application at its best.

Why microblogging has moved to the heart of enterprise social initiatives

Ross Dawson

I recently wrote Why conversational skills are needed to create a high-performance, engaged, networked organization , reflecting on an executive roundtable discussion I lead as part of the 21st anniversary celebrations of the Graduate School of Business of the University of New England.

The 2020 Workforce and the LMS Disconnect

Xyleme

By 2020, the workplace will be highly personalized and social. Social networks will be the first point of contact between companies and their future employees and internal social networks will be the primary way that workers communicate, connect and collaborate. Even now, 20 years later, new LMS companies are emerging on a regular basis and entrenching themselves in the organization. By Jeffrey Katzman.

Will the Respect Network enable us to take back control of our data and our lives?

Ross Dawson

Yesterday I attended the Sydney launch event of the Respect Network , an initiative designed to allow individuals to own and take control of their data. Take Back Control from Respect Network on Vimeo. The Respect Network seems to have a very solid foundation.

Futurist conversations: Ross Dawson and Gerd Leonhard on the future of Twitter

Ross Dawson

Some of the topics we discuss include: * “Twitter News Network&# or TNN describes how Twitter is now a news distribution media, dramatically increasing the speed of news, with most news hitting Twitter within 40 seconds. * Social media Social networks Twitter Web 2.0

The continuing devaluation of LinkedIn connections

Ross Dawson

As one of the first 10,000 users, I early on saw the potential of a purely professional social network. It consistently grew in size and user value over the years, however now that everyone is piling on to the LinkedIn bandwagon, the value of LinkedIn personal connections and networks are decreasing at what seems like an accelerating pace. Reputation Social media Social networks Uncategorized Web 2.0How many LinkedIn requests are you getting?

A Review of SAP Jam

Dan Pontefract

We already were a somewhat social savvy organization, so the participation rate thus far isn’t surprising … although I still believe it could be much better. You can easily scan all blog posts at the company, their level of engagement, etc. (

SWITCH festival shows the power and potential of cross-industry collaboration

Ross Dawson

The event brings together large corporates from different industries, entrepreneurs, innovators, universities, students and more with the express intent of fostering inter-industry collaboration and to support “unlikely alliances” Major participating organisations include ANZ, Australia Post, Blackmore’s, IAG, and Scentre Group (Westfield), which are each sending around 20 staff each, while other companies are sending smaller teams.

Why your networks and collaboration are at the heart of the value you create

Ross Dawson

I was recently interviewed for an extended article Networked Business: The wealth in your connections written by Nick Saalfeld for the Microsoft Talking Business series. It’s a fallacy to think of networking as a sales tool.

Five Uses for Virtual Worlds in the Workplace

Dan Pontefract

For the past two and half years at my real job as the head of learning and collaboration, we’ve been early adopters of a virtual world product called AvayaLive Engage , developed by a company named Avaya. It’s social, informal and extremely engaging.

Keynote slides: Crowds and the future of creativity and innovation

Ross Dawson

To remedy that we must allow the sexual life of ideas to flourish, enabling connections and networks to form. Organizational network analysis helps us to design more innovative companies and business ecosystems. Future of business Keynote speaker Social networks Uncategorized

You are the Collective Wisdom of both Strong & Weak Ties

Dan Pontefract

She’s an author , runs a blog , has her own company , and generally looks to be more than successful in her career. Mobilizing social networks beyond project team frontiers: The case of polar expeditions ; Lecoutre, Marc; Lièvre, Pascal.

Using social media to track and drive organizational success metrics

Ross Dawson

This week I was MC for the AHRI HR Technology conference , and ran one of the workshops on the following day, on Creating Results Using Social Media. A real highlight of the conference was the Social Media: Risks and Rewards panel, which I chaired, with the participation of a fantastic cast of Peter Williams of Deloitte, Steve Barham of LinkedIn, Laurel Papworth of The Community Crew, and Sam Mutimer of ThinkTank Media. Get going with social media.

Creating a Return on Investment (ROI) calculation for Enterprise 2.0 and internal social media

Ross Dawson

A major challenge for organizations that are considering internal social media initiatives is that a business case including a financial justification is frequently required. To be frank, I think ROI calculations for social initiatives are in most cases a waste of time, because so many of the benefits and costs are unknowable before the initiative. and social media. Lower costs – company internal communication. Social capital.

Research: The acceleration of Australian banks’ use of social media

Ross Dawson

Financial services is one of the most industries in which the use of social media is the most relevant, not least because customer service is a critical differentiator between highly commoditized offerings. Smaller banks are strongly behind in their social media presence. *

Is Facebook a Narcissistic Walled Garden?

Dan Pontefract

People continued to occasionally tag me so it appeared (at times) that my social feed was in fact active. If someone sent me an inmail message via Facebook, I’d also answer those through the social hub feature of my Blackberry Z10. Should Companies Allow Facebook at Work?

Should Employees Be Incented to Use Social Technologies?

Dan Pontefract

Social collaboration technologies such as internal instances of blogging, micro-blogging, video sharing, discussion forums, idea sharing, wikis, and so on are all key aspects of being collaborative. Which brings me to the question, “ Should employees be incented to use social technologies ?”.