The Social Network Is the Computer

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

“Human beings have always been a social species,” writes MIT professor Sinan Aral in the opening paragraph of The Hype Machine , his recently published book. “We’ve been communicating, cooperating, and coordinating with one another since we were hunting and gathering.”

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. Did we manage to kill already the conversation in the so-called traditional social media tools landscape? that was not triggered by you but by someone else in your social networks.

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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.

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Social networks require ownership

Harold Jarche

So Gartner states that only 10% of social networking roll-outs succeed. Social media, and social networks, change the way we communicate. While people may say it’s not about the technology, unfortunately that’s where a large share of the budget goes in social network initiatives. Transparency is a necessity for cooperation and collaboration in networks, as a major benefit of using social media is increasing speed of access to knowledge.

Enterprise social network dimensions

Harold Jarche

Many organizations are using social media and social networks, but how do they know if they are using them appropriately or adequately? Do they have all the aspects of collaboration and cooperation supported in order to succeed as a social business? Ian McCarthy’s honeycomb of social media was an initial inspiration, showing how one could quickly and graphically portray differences between social media platforms.

enabling enterprise social networks

Harold Jarche

Mark Britz says that, “your organization already has an enterprise social network (hint, it’s people not technology). A platform just exposes it.” ” But it’s not not about the tools either, as in many cases the medium changes the message. When the AgileBits team found they were using Slack for everything, it became overwhelming, much as. Read more » ConnectedEnterprise PKMastery

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. Quite frankly, that saddens me because although technology isn’t the answer, enterprise social networks can do so much good for an organization’s culture and engagement. enterprise social networks leadership esn

Learning and creating knowledge in social networks

George Siemens

Networks are the underlying structure for knowledge, learning, and society. We live in networks. When a company has a failed product launch, networks and connections can explain why. When a company, such as Microsoft or Blackberry, fails to capitalize on an emerging market, networks can describe what happened. When a political party fails at the polls, networks can provide insight into lack of resonance with voters.

The Social Network: Disappointing

David Weinberger

I’m a big fan of Aaron Sorkin, but I saw The Social Network last night and was quite disappointed. The movie shows Mark Zuckerberg as affectless, arrogant, and without empathy or social graces. Forget the cheap irony that was probably the original motivation for the movie: Oooh, the guy who invented the world-changing social networking site is not social.)

Social networks drive Innovation

Harold Jarche

Tweet I’m always looking for simple ways to explain how networks change business and how social media help to increase openness, driving transparency and increasing innovation. Does this graphic stand on its own, or is there more explanation required? complexity Wirearchy

Information foraging and social networks

George Siemens

Instead of a broadcast model, then, we need a model that places coherence making into the hands of learners and into social networks. If educators want to move away from broadcast models of teaching, the obvious questions arises “how are we supposed to teach and how will students learn?&#. One particularly valuable benefit of traditional design and teaching models is the creation of a central platform or cohesive view of knowledge in a particular domain.

Social networked learning: research seminar

George Siemens

In June, 2010, Terry Anderson and I, along with TEKRI researchers and a few visiting guests, hosted a doctoral research seminar on social networked learning. The event offered a great opportunity for sharing research and engaging in discussions around the future role of social networked learning. This year, we (TEKRI: Terry Anderson, Jon Dron, and I) are excited to announce the second version of this research seminar: Social Networks and Learning 2011.

Introduction to Social Networking

Harold Jarche

Introduction to Social Networking. Online social networks facilitate connections between people based on shared interests, values, membership in particular groups (i.e., They make it easier for people to find and communicate with individuals who are in their networks using the Web as the interface. Note you can learn more about the concept of ego-centric vs object-centric networks here ). It is also the network of choice for most professionals.

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. Social Network Examples are Ning and KickApps. They form a network of people via interactions, groups, etc. Being a network, they generally are a little harder for people to understand. However, they typically try to give a better sense of the person and make interactions more social.

The Untold Costs of Social Networking

Luis Suarez

Little did we know that, fast forward to 2016, all of those networking activities would come with a really high price tag: your own data in unwanted hands. We, human beings, have got an inner urge to wanting to belong to a group, a tribe, a team, a community, a network, you name it. These social tools don’t want you to have that click , because they know they moment you do you are free to walk away and you will walk away to never return back again. .

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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. Thanks much for the recent concerns shown upon out there through various social channels. Traditional Hierarchies inside Social Networks – Not So Much an Oxymoron Anymore . Social just for the sake of social is now dead.

Social Networks

Clark Quinn

This week we looked at Social Networks. Here are some thoughts on this topic, especially thoughts around social networks for learning. Starting with Social Networking was a blessing and a curse. Social networks have a tendency to be a bit messy. Virginia Yonkers told us - I would like to know how to manage the information flows in social networks. How do we do this in the social network environment?

Social Networks & Learning: Research Seminar

George Siemens

Last year, TEKRI and Athabasca University hosted a week-long research seminar on networks and learning. It’s an opportunity for review of existing and leading research as well as intensive discussion about the roles of social media and networks in education. The event was quite successful. As a result, we are organizing a similar event this year. The seminar will be held in Edmonton from June 20-24 and is open to students and faculty.

What Universities Must Learn About Social Networks

Jay Cross

What Universities Must Learning About Social Networks. Increasingly, businesses are looking to more social approaches to employee learning and development. THE ISSUE IS NOT whether you are going to become a socially networked university but how soon. Businesses are being transformed into social businesses. Social business is the flavor of the day in the C-suites of the Fortune 500. Networks are the glue that connects us.

Social networks and engineering serendipity in the workplace

Trends in the Living Networks

and Google are doing in the space, the article continues: As Yahoo and Google see it, serendipity is largely a byproduct of social networks. was that employees who ate at cafeteria tables designed for 12 were more productive than those at tables for four, thanks to more chance conversations and larger social networks. As brought out in the New York Times article, this relates strongly to the domain of social networks, which I have been studying since the 1990s.

Social networked learning in complex information environments

George Siemens

The slides from my presentation are below: Social Networked Learning In mid-January I spent a wonderful day at American University learning about (and presenting on) the changing educational landscape, technology, and the practices and activities of learners.

How kind are social networks?

David Weinberger

Fascinating report by Pew Internet on the emotional climate adults find on social networking sites. It’s easy to see how this compares with our expectations about social networks. And you can’t have a blog for long without attracting some mean-spirited comments, On the other hand, it’s hard to know what to make of this compared to non-digital social networks.

Analysis: US, Australia social network usage flat, New Zealand now the world’s biggest user of social networks?

Trends in the Living Networks

On February 13 I will speak at Air New Zealand’s Social Media Breakfast in Auckland, together with Teddy Goff, Obama’s Digital Director , with an expected audience of close to 1,000. Air New Zealand ran its first Social Media Breakfast in July last year with Randi Zuckerberg as key speaker , with the exceptional success of the event leading the airline to continue the series with the second breakfast next week. appeared first on Trends in the Living Networks.

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”. 

How Social Networking Tools Enable Heutagogy in Learning Organisations

Luis Suarez

our networks) we would want to learn with / from. In other words, thanks to all of these social networking tools, specially, in a work context, and thanks as well to applying those heutagogy principles referenced above, we may be, at long last, working really hard towards making that successful transition from being a knowledge (Web) worker into a learning (Web) worker: .

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.

Moving social networked learning forward

George Siemens

The Landing is a social network (based on Elgg) that we’ve deployed to increase social connectedness at Athabasca. I’ve posted a few thoughts on what needs to be done to move social networked learning forward I’ve mentioned Athabasca University’s Landing previously.

Learning through social networks

Harold Jarche

Education – a process with its main aims of socialization, a search for truth and/or the realisation of individual potential. Learning – an individual activity, though often within a social context, of making sense of our experiences. All value is created by teams and networks. Learning really spreads through social networks. Therefore, social networks are the conduit for effective organizational performance.

Social Networking Gets Serious – #prayforjapan

Luis Suarez

One of the main inhibitors with regards to a successful adoption of social software within the enterprise that I keep bumping into from fellow knowledge workers and, specially, their managers!, is that perception that social networking, you know, “things&# like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and the like are just for fun. Social spaces where you goof off at work and get away with it, because they are all hyped and everything, and everyone needs to be there.

Enterprise Social Networking Tips by Luis Suarez

Luis Suarez

Over the course of the last few years there has been one particular aspect of social networking for business that I still haven’t come to terms with throughout all of that time. Specially, if you look into the rather significant impact it’s having across the board in multiple social networking tools. Perhaps the most vocal one being one of my favourite social networking tools: Google Plus.

Industrialisation of Social Networking for the Enterprise

Luis Suarez

Or, to put it in other words, automation of your social networking presence. Have we forgotten that with social networking for business we are all in it for the long run? Where did we leave behind the social business transformation? And just like we commoditised email back in the day, it’s starting to look like we are commoditising social networking for business along the very same lines. . practitioner, specially, in the Social Web.

10 tips for managing your time on social networks

Jane Hart

I spend a lot of time connecting with colleagues and contacts in my professional network in social networks. Social learning As I have explained in a previous post this is an essential way for me to keep up to date with what’s happening in the learning world. I also mentioned how over the years I’ve developed a [.].

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

Trends in the Living Networks

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. While 97% of people access social networks from computers, 37% access them from mobile phones and a cumulative 6% from iPads, e-readers, and handheld music players.

How Do I Make Sense of Social Networking Tools

Luis Suarez

and while I will be answering the first part over the course of time with the various blog entries I’m currently drafting along, I thought for today I’d focus on trying to answer the second part: how do I make sense of social networking tools today? And SmartCloud for Social Business does that beautifully. I have gone through that path far too many times with other social tools and it’s never been pretty.

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From Social Networks to Communities

Kevin Wheeler

Home About Future of Talent Subscribe Over the Seas Thoughts on Recruiting, Learning and Other Things as I Ramble around the World From Social Networks to Communities by Kevin Wheeler on June 16, 2010 Social media and social networks are all the rage. Over the past half decade the popularity of Facebook, LinkedIn and other networks has soared. To make social networks far more powerful, it is important to evolve them into communities.

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

Trends in the Living Networks

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. I have been focused on networks since long before I wrote Living Networks in 2002. If intelligence agencies have large data sets, it would be a massive failure on their part not to be using network analysis.

Social Networking and Going Back to Basics

Luis Suarez

A couple of days ago, the always insightful Shel Israel put together in his Forbes column one of those rather interesting and thought-provoking articles that will surely shake the ground for the vast majority of those folks who may have been advocating for social networking tools out there on the Social Web as the next big thing. In “ Is Social Media Becoming a Vast Wasteland? The core aspect of social networking and the good old Web 2.0

Using your Enterprise Social Network for Social Workplace Learning

Jane Hart

Online workshop takes place 14 July – 15 August 2014 Many organisations have now adopted an Enterprise Social Network (ESN) like Yammer, Jive, Socialcast or Chatter to provided the infrastructure for collaborative working in the business. Social learning

Addressing Social Networking Gripes with Shared Value

Luis Suarez

I am sure that if I would go ahead and ask you the very same question for social networking tools, they may not well be the same pet peeves, but I am certain you could name quite a few of them as well. Just think of it, what’s your social media pet peeve? Let’s go first and have a look into what some of the folks who were interviewed briefly by Dice News said about what were their main gripes with regards to social networking tools and the Social Web in general.

Research Seminar: Social Networks and Learning

George Siemens

We’re only about a month away from the TEKRI-hosted doctoral seminar on Social Networks and Learning. We have a great list of presenters and research students lined up. If you’re interested in attending, registration is open. And, if you’d like to share with friends/colleagues, an event poster is also available (.pdf). Terry Anderson has a bit more info on the event

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

Trends in the Living Networks

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. It seems very unlikely that Twitter will seek to become a broad-based social network.

Enabling and supporting workplace learning on your Enterprise Social Network

Jane Hart

Next public online workshop takes place 29 September – 31 October 2014 Many organisations have now adopted an Enterprise Social Network like Yammer, Jive, Socialcast of Chatter to underpin collaborative working int he organisation. Social learning

Call for Papers: Connectivism – social networked learning

George Siemens

I’m looking forward to this special issue of IRRODL on connectivism – social networked learning. A call for papers has been initiated. This will provide a good opportunity for supporters and critics of the theory to advance their views and research. After the call went out, I received a tweet from George Veletsianos about a post he made in 2008 calling for an IRRODL issue on connectivism. Guess he’s a bit ahead of the times