Category Archives: Collaborative Examples

Pondering Community/Mission Building

Screenshot 2013-10-18 10.48.33One of the areas that I like to cover in the Social Computing ecosystem is that surrounding Community development and management. In the past I have been far more focused on exploring open source platforms and the raw ingredients that have shaped the success of community development as an alternative to push marketing. Continue reading Pondering Community/Mission Building

MindMixer Helps Citizens Engage With Their Communities

Screen Shot 2013-04-18 at 11.27.22“One of the biggest roadblocks to implementing local community ideas is finding resources in city government or local organizations who might be able to help. More importantly, how can you involve like-minded individuals in the discussion? A new type of civic engagement platform – like MindMixer – can help. MindMixer is in essence a “virtual town hall,” a community forum where constituents can meet to discuss issues and share ideas. (Here’s an overview of how MindMixer works.)”

Exploring the Value of Embedded Activity Streams in the Enterprise

Microsoft has announced this week that it is embedding the recently acquired Yammer into its Sharepoint and Office 365 products. The last two years have seen the rise of’s Chatter and Tibco’s Tibr. The addition of Yammer to Microsoft’s products follows this trend and emphasises a growing belief that there is value to attempting to tap into informal knowledge exchange in the enterprise. Collabouration is the oft cited example of the benefit, but the lack of metrics to measure impact and the argument of excessive static enliven the discussion.

This short interview from Alex Williams of TechCrunch with the founder of Siasto attempt to clarify how they see the rewards of the embedded activity stream benefiting the customer. In a nutshell, there are 5 specific benefits identified: Continue reading Exploring the Value of Embedded Activity Streams in the Enterprise

Getting Back to How we Share Public Data

I am very impressed with a Norwegian initiative called the ‘Data Hotel‘. It’s an EU funded approach to providing the mechanism and the standards to make data from public sector agencies freely available. It addresses one of the key challenges to organizations today – not that they don’t want to share – simply that they lack the tools and resources to do it with increasingly depleted resources. Enter the Data Hotel. It embraces all the right open access standards, not just for the data itself, but in terms of open source software. Continue reading Getting Back to How we Share Public Data

Clairvoyance Overrated

And we all thought that it was so prescient 😉 Apparently a study has just come up with the astounding claim that Twitter cannot predict the outcome of elections. Unpacking that a bit and trying to remove the headline from the actual study content, I am unsure who was making the rather silly claim that the tool itself was capable of providing specific new insights. There is a lovely collection of social expression there thought that undoubtedly can be mined effective to determine some sentiment. However, in fairness should we see Twitter in a light much different from the ‘scientific’ polls that are conducted by agencies claiming to be able to give predictions of the same calibre? Continue reading Clairvoyance Overrated

They are all over Social Media Management

A new article in the Harvard Business Review challenges managers to up their game when it comes to making use of enterprise social computing applications. The author presents some useful points in this considering the role of the community and social media management but more importantly the fact that managers are often not as willing or able with social computing initiatives to increase collaboration and productivity.

Turning the City Beta

I stumbled upon the new dublincitybeta when I was bumbling about and saw a related tweet.  The intent as their twitter bio states: “We’re trying out a new way of testing ideas directly on the street…we’re calling them @DubCityCouncil Beta Projects. – a new approach by Dublin City Council to experiment, innovate and quickly test ideas directly ‘on the street’…but above all, to ask you for your opinion!” Check out the website and the first beta project to turn traffic light boxes into fori for public expression. They are reaching out to the public by employing social media and encouraging discourse … more significantly and excitingly they have chosen a ‘beta zone’ and opening it up to the same experimentation. I like the ‘let’s just try it and see what happens approach’ … let’s see if we can all stumble upon something great here.

The Social Discovery Process

Our author Steven Johnson has a blog post from a few months back exploring the Anatomy of an Idea. It’s a great read wherein he muses on past lessons including anecdotal references to Franco Moretti and the centralization of the French railway system. From a series of seemingly random reminiscences he comes up with some very interesting observations on new media engagement leading to the social development of ideas. Recommended read.

Turning Google into Facebook

At least that’s the claim from startup Wavii which is offering early access and taking names to join the beta programme. The premise behind Wavii seems to combining some of the aspects of Google Plus with a greater automation of content agregation which is available for sharing and discussion. Worth taking a look at and waiting for it to become more widely open. More information is available in this TechCrunch article.