Nice, this is one of the reasons, internal email spam, why organizations are starting to use social software applications. "e-mail of the species deadlier than the mail?" - from confused in calcutta.
corporate social networks
This idea has been around for some time. I first read about it in, "small pieces loosely joined", by Dave Weinberger (one of the authors of the cluetrain). Anyway, Micheal Schrage has a good post, "Round-off Error? Hardly!" MIT Technology Review that applies the math. to the idea.
With business social networking software - managers and employees now have a system for connecting informal interactions and discovering new information flows.
So, stop reading about social applications and collaboration tools. Unleash your imagination and start experimenting. The real power of social software can only be appreciated with hands-on experience. Consider a pilot project.
"Many companies looking to cull data from multiple sources to help their employees do their jobs better are seeking mashups as an answer, said Anthony Bradley, a Gartner analyst, Sept. 21 at the Gartner Web Innovation Summit 2007 here.
By Jeff Howe, Wired
"Remember outsourcing? Sending jobs to India and China is so 2003. The new pool of cheap labor: everyday people using their spare cycles to create content, solve problems, even do corporate R & D."
For the last several months I've been busy implementing social web applications in organizations. The tools we use are based almost exclusively on open source software. Funny, right now on cnbc, the "Hot Topic" is about web 2.0 and social networks. Everyone it seems is defining web 2.0 and social networks.
One of our mantra's is about...
SandHill.com and McKinsey released an industry report in pdf.
I've gathered together a few posts about enterprise social networking software applications.
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