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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. In part, it’s why enterprise social networks haven’t fully become a crucial component to an organization’s operating practice. enterprise social networks leadership esn

The Fallacy of Social Networking

Luis Suarez

You may have noticed how over the course of the last couple of weeks I haven’t been much active on the external social networking tools out there that I usually hang out at, such as Twitter, Google Plus or LinkedIn. Social just for the sake of social is now dead.

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.

Why your Enterprise Social Network is your most valuable social learning platform

Jane Hart

In the workplace, social learning comes through social collaboration. Social learning is a natural everyday phenomenon; simply put, we learn from our colleagues as we work with them. It is not just about managing the interaction but also being part of the social interaction.

The role of informal social networks in building organizational creativity and innovation

Ross Dawson

For the last decade I have examined and applied social network analysis in and across organizations, for example in large professional firms , technology purchase decision-making , high-performance personal networks , and other applications. Social networks Uncategorized

Reflections from 2011 – Focused and Purposeful Social Networking

Luis Suarez

I mean, we have only been having social software tools for merely 15 years and we are already starting to hate them, as end-users? Yes, the main purpose, if you want to call it that way, for social software, still today: connecting people to people and connecting people to content.

Loyalty in Social Networks

Luis Suarez

I suspect that, somehow, the Social Web slows down a fair bit when blogging kicks in and that may well be the reason why I am having plenty more conversations over here in this blog, since I resumed my blogging mojo just recently, than in the last few months on media tools.

Forums vs. Social Networks?

Clark Quinn

I'm debating the value of forum / group / threaded discussion software vs. social network software for a particular situation. So, I'm trying to figure out what's going to be the right software / service to adopt, but I'm also trying to think about the differences in: Forum / Threaded Discussion / Group Examples are Google Groups and Yahoo Groups. Social Network Examples are Ning and KickApps. They form a network of people via interactions, groups, etc.

It is the structure of social networks that shapes influence… and the structure is changing

Ross Dawson

The structure of a social network — for example, whether it is made up of close friends and colleagues or of like-minded strangers who follow Lady Gaga — can have more influence than the size of a group, researchers say.

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. Groups are important because they enable social ties to thicken, which means they’re especially useful now to mitigate the Brownian motion of sociality on the Internet.

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. I don’t think it is accidental that the movie is called “The Social Network”. 

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. Clay gives an extended, anecdotal example.

Making Business Sense of Social Media and Social Networking – Twitter For Business

Luis Suarez

Yesterday evening, my time, I attended a rather interesting webcast with Sandy Carter , IBM’s Worldwide Sales Vice President, IBM Social Business, Collaboration, and Lotus Sales and Evangelism, along with Jeremiah Owyang , Industry Analyst at Altimeter Group , on the topic of Why Be Social?

Making Business Sense of Social Media and Social Networking – Is Blogging Dead?

Luis Suarez

Have you moved all of your conversations to social networking sites? Where else are you going to host conversations of stuff that matters to you and your community where you would want to own it and facilitate it with your various social networks?

The rise of social shopping in 2011: 7 examples of where it is going

Ross Dawson

SmartCompany recently featured an excellent article on The next 10 social media trends , which received considerable attention and was syndicated through a number of other outlets. I was quoted in the article talking about social shopping and mini-blogs.

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

Ross Dawson

Shortly after Forrester announced that Deloitte Australia’s Yammer network had won its 2011 Forrester Groundswell award in the category of Collaboration Systems. However, as the video below clearly shows, Swiegers is not a man who likes social media for its own sake.

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

5 Use Cases for a Corporate YouTube in Organizations

Dan Pontefract

1) Social Learning. That is social learning. TED , for example, has many short videos you can embed into your platform. 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

Social Business, Technology, Open Leadership, Social Learning and Social Media spaces, — phew — I’d like to introduce you to Vancouver – or, as I’d like to rename it, Vancoolver. The ‘social intranet’ vision is going to bust out soon, in my opinion.

Serendipity is at the heart of today’s emerging society

Ross Dawson

Here are her lovely slides – while I’m sure they don’t do justice to the presentation itself they are well worth going through, as they capture some of the key concepts of serendipity and provide some delightful examples. Serendipity is for me a deeply meaningful word.

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.

You are the Collective Wisdom of both Strong & Weak Ties

Dan Pontefract

One line sticks out for me in particular: It follows, then, that individuals with few weak ties will be deprived of information from distant parts of the social system and will be confined to the provincial news and views of their close friends.

Social Media is not Social Learning

Dan Pontefract

Social media is not social learning. Brian Solis took a crack at defining social media as follows: <the> democratization of information, transforming people from content readers into publishers. So why is social media not social learning?

Five Uses for Virtual Worlds in the Workplace

Dan Pontefract

Here are five examples: 1) Coaching and Mentoring / 1-1 Meetings. It’s social, informal and extremely engaging. gamification gaming learning social social learning social media social networking technology virtual worlds avaya

Civic crowdfunding and the future of government and taxation

Ross Dawson

My background in capital markets and long-standing perspective of the living networks has made it a natural space for me, in looking at new ways our collective financial resources can yield the greatest economic and social benefit.

Did I Just Spam My Entire LinkedIn Network?

Dan Pontefract

On the afternoon of Sunday, March 24, 2013 I sent a generic email to my entire LinkedIn network. For example, I created a self-made video for each of the 13 chapters — and released one per week — as a way to provide additional insight into the book.

I’m Not Scared of Email; I Developed a System called DADDIO

Dan Pontefract

There are the classic examples such as Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo! For example, I have three classic email addresses; a corporate account, a Gmail account and an account through this site. communication email micro-blogging social networking technology daddio Email messaging

Is George Siemens Right? Social Media is like Letters to the Editor

Dan Pontefract

While I was enjoying a separation from the external world of social media this past summer, George Siemens of Athasbasca University , authored a very stirring if not controversial post entitled “ Losing interest in social media: there is no there there “ .

The Business Value of Social Networks

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The January 30 issue of The Economist included a special report on social networking. Overall, the special report concludes: “that social networks are more robust than their critics think, though not every site will prosper, and that social-networking technologies are creating considerable benefits for the businesses that embrace them, whatever their size.” There is plenty of doubt about the benefits of online social networking in the office.

Creating a better world through apps: the power of mobile in catalyzing networks for good

Ross Dawson

This is fundamentally a network issue – how do we create the right connections to bring resources and needs together? The rise of mobile networks and apps provides us with extraordinarily enhanced capabilities in doing this. Crowdsourcing Future of humanity Mobile Social network

The implications of the new broader, flatter distribution of music taste

Ross Dawson

Only recently has there been decent social media-based music sharing, notably Turntable.fm For example, music festivals are finding it harder to find artists that are big drawcards to a broad audience. Future of media Social media Social networks Social trends Uncategorized

The rise of micro mavens: Building business empires around personal brands

Ross Dawson

He then describes the core idea: The social web has given birth to a new breed of creative entrepreneurs who stride the virtual globe attracting fans and picking up business, often from the comfort of their home (or more often than not, on the road somewhere). BE SOCIAL.

The dilemma for professionals: How do you respond to anonymous leaks and slander?

Ross Dawson

The article says: Social media strategist Ross Dawson says it is inevitable that more sites such as Firm Spy will spring up and organisations need to decide how they will deal with cristicim that can be from anonymous sources, or through social media such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn groups.

Interlocutor: The Word of 2012

Dan Pontefract

We need everyone to be active in the dialogue to ensure full participation can overcome the gap from any emotional and social intelligence normally gained from in person experiences. The network is the medium. Interlocu-what?

Five Uses for Virtual Worlds in the Workplace

Dan Pontefract

Here are five examples: 1) Coaching and Mentoring / 1-1 Meetings. It’s social, informal and extremely engaging. gamification gaming learning social social learning social media social networking technology virtual worlds avaya

What is the future of the Learning & Development department?

Ross Dawson

This session will use a rich array of examples to look at: • The driving forces shaping learning in organizations. Learning in a social network world: the new opportunities. • One of the distinctions I brought out in my book Living Networks (and many others have made in various guises) was between Collections and Connections. It is now well established performance is driven by the patterns and quality of connections that are together make up organizational networks.

The state of expert networks and the rising role of LinkedIn

Ross Dawson

It is some years now since ‘expert networks’ have become a significant force, linking subject matter experts in science, technology, and business to clients, largely in funds management and finance, usually at very healthy hourly rates. A survey showed that over 40% of institutional investors found that expert networks were an “extremely” or “very important” aspect of their company research. A third-party expert network could be built on LinkedIn APIs.

What is possible: how the social enterprise drives differentiation

Ross Dawson

As such I gave a big picture view of how our increasingly networked world is changing organizations, spent some time on the vision of what a better-connected company can be and can achieve, and wrapped up with some of the realities to recognize in achieving the grand vision. One that functions by tapping the most relevant resources and social connections is able to adapt and respond to circumstances and condtions. This issue ties together internal and external social media.

Making social media happen in government: case study of NSW Department of Education

Ross Dawson

I’m at the launch meeting of the social media community of practice set up by Institute of Public Administration NSW (IPAA). At the conference I wrote about the case study of Queensland Police , which is a great example of government bodies creating value through social media. At today’s event Tracey Sen of the NSW Department of Education & Training (DET), which has 110,000 employees, presented on the Department’s social media initiatives.

My Views on Learnist, the latest ‘social learning’ venture

Dan Pontefract

Brought to you by the makers of Grockit – an online social learning test prep service for items such as GMAT, SAT, ACT and GRE – Learnist is an attempt to crowd-source knowledge, information and content into a manner that is a cross between Web 2.0