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.

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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.

33 wikis and the wikiwise 50

Via FutureTense, two projects to throw light onto wiki's and how they help with "emergent business". The first, 33 wikis, (already completed) is where they talked about their favourite 33 wikis over 33 days. The second, the wikiwise 50, (just starting) is 50 entries in 50 weeks of wikis "inside the enterprise", which as many of you know, is one of my favourite topics. Watch this space.

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 del.ico.us links. You will see the results here and here.

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

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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The sorry state of Australian blogging

Very interesting post from Ross Dawson about the sorry state of Australian blogging.

While business success increasingly depends on enabling more open information flows inside and outside the organization, actually making this happen requires substantial courage and foresight. Despite Australia’s relative economic success, the corporate sector still seems to be driven more by cost-containment than opportunity-seeking. In an increasingly global, interdependent economy, this will not work well indefinitely.

Perhaps some Australian companies are experimenting with blogs on their Intranets before dipping their toes in the Internet blogosphere. I hope so.