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 del.icio.us account. Hope to find out more and report more fully.
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 …
Thank you to both Bill and Kathleen for sharing their work.
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.
A few days ago I asked if there was a service that could turn my email into an RSS feed. The answer is “yes”.
Keep Up With Specific Emails Via RSS. Mailbucket will pump any emails into a feed that you forward to email@example.com. 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.
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?
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?
Interesting item from Jacob Neilson.
What mistakes have you made? What mistakes am I making right now?
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.
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?
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.