Social software inside the firewall (Melbourne lunch)

Our lunch went off very well with Matt Moore, James Farmer, Michael Spect, and Shawn Callahan and Andrew Rixon attending while Cameron Reily could not make it.

It’s always great to meet interesting people – some of them for the first time. As usual there were multiple conversations going on. Here’s some of what I remember (in no particular order):

  • The NSW KM Forum will have Karl-Erik Sveiby and Ewen Semple at an event on 7th March. Not to be missed!
  • James pointed me towards some interesting research on the use of discussion boards compared to blogs in an educational context. Blogs win, hands down.
  • Some interesting discussion of what is / is not “social software”. I think we agreed that a primary differentiator is the conversational nature. Is Writely “social software”? Yes.
  • Some unhappiness with tagging. Too limited when trying to find specific content. (But that’s not the point of tagging, is it?)
  • There seems to be a derth of people doing anything meaningful with social software inside organisations. Lots of experimentation but nothing substantial. Speculation that the tools are too counter-culture. Shawn: Can you imagine setting up a prediction market and the first bet is on when the CEO will be sacked?
  • Scoble posts too much. James says he reads the people who read Scoble. The blogsphere is full of people who add value by filtering what they read. I’m sure this is a meme that I’ve picked up on many times.
  • Someone (sorry, can’t recall who) mentioned the odd feelings generated when meeting someone who already knows you through your blog, but you don’t know them at all. [Obviously this was someone with a more popular blog than mine!]

Most exciting outcome is shared a desire to organise a social software (un-)conference in Melbourne. We’d like to get 50 or 60 people together.

Is there enough interest? What would you like to see in such an event?

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