SMIF discussion at the Melbourne KMLF and resources

We recently ran an interesting discussion on social media inside the firewall (smif) at the Melbourne KMLF. Check out the report and some useful resources.


Use of web 2.0 tools team keep up their for team situational awareness

Just heard about an intriging use of web 2.0 tools to help a small technology strategy team keep up their combined situational awareness about their various inter-related disciplines. It involves (I think) a shared OMPL file, personal OPML files, RSS aggregation, and a shared account. Hope to find out more and report more fully.

Preparing for Intranet 2.0

Bill Ives over at Portals & KM has released some new material:

Kathleen Gilroy and I recently completed a report, Preparing for Intranet 2.0: how to integrate new communication technology into your intranet

This is highly recommended reading for anyone interested in smif (Social Media Inside the Firewall) which (by the way) is the topic of the June meeting of the Melbourne KMLF. Hope to see you there.

Thank you to both Bill and Kathleen for sharing their work.

Are you into smif?

smif = social media inside the firewall

This is my main area of interest at the moment. I’ll be going back and retagging some of my old posts and links. You will see the results here and here.

Are you into smif too? Use smif and we’ll find more cool stuff.

Driving RSS adopiton

Dave Winer discusses what’s needed to drive RSS adoption – to “break through” – though Scoble thinks that break through has alredy happened.

Great post, Dave. It’s a discussion we very much need to have.

One addition. You talk about “brain-dead simpicity” but I think you’re understating the solution when you say “All that would be required is that they support OPML export for My.Yahoo subscription lists”. We need an active subscription service that notifies whatever RSS aggregators I specify, not an export/import model.

Email into RSS

A few days ago I asked if there was a service that could turn my email into an RSS feed. The answer is “yes”.

From [via Micro Persuasion]:

Keep Up With Specific Emails Via RSS. Mailbucket will pump any emails into a feed that you forward to Just create an Outlook rule against whatever (e.g. emails from particular senders) and get the sent out to a feed once they come in. Just keep in mind that such feeds are unencrypted and can be consumed by others.

I have not had the chance to look at this yet. Will report back later.

Is there a service that can turn my email into RSS?

Steve Rubel asks “Will RSS Revolutionize Email Newsletters?” and points to a new service called squeet that will turn RSS into email.

As I commented on Steve’s blog.

As an email newsletter consumer, I want my newsletters turned into RSS feeds so that I can read them in the same way I read my blogs. The nature of the content is often the same — a collection of interesting but rarely urgent items — that I want to read once a day during
my “reading time”. Personally addressed email is often different — requiring timely attention and response.

Is there a service that can turn my email into RSS?

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?

Melbourne, 16th January, informal lunch on “Social Software inside the Firewall”

Following on from a recent get together in Sydney, we’ve decided to have a similar event in Melbourne.

So, if anyone is interested in the use of social software (blogs, tagging, rss, podcasts, etc) inside an organisation then come along and meet like minded people for an informal chat over lunch.

Venue yet to be decided.

Contact me via email: amitchell AT urbisjhd DOT com

If you want to come along, the venue is Regina Pizzeria in the QV Precinct. Booking under the name of Matt Moore and Andrew Mitchell. Contact me on 0419 599 744 if needed.

What’s needed to make RSS simple – behind the firewall

I’m actually a lot more worried about other things rather than can an average user figure out what subscribing is for. I have no doubt they’ll figure it out. … the thing I’ll be asking in my next interview is just how manageable have they made the feeds. After getting several hundred feeds myself it just is a mess. People move URL’s all the time. What happens then?

Scobleizer – Microsoft Geek Blogger » Tom Biro wonders when RSS is really gonna get simple?

Robert Scoble asks some good questions regarding the long term usability of RSS and suggests a number of requirements.

Some of the same questions apply when using feeds inside an enterprise. Employees don’t want to cut and paste URLs. They need a single page which lists all the internal feeds available and a simple subscribe/unsubscribe button. And they need an Intranet page (like a behind the firewall Bloglines) where all their feeds are aggregated.

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