Policing vs Guidelines

I regularly get asked one particular question when I talk about social software in the workplace: “How do you police it?” The answer, which might surprise you, is that you don’t, You can’t. You physically can’t monitor, review and approve everything all your employees are doing. Instead, you need to use trust. IBM recently published […]

In search of the perfect blogging tool

I’ve been hunting for a Mac equivalent to Windows Live Writer. Here’s my personal checklist/wishlist of what an offline blogging tool should do. .urgh {border-spacing:0px; border:solid 1px black; margin:0px; padding:0px; border-collapse:collapse; } Ecto (Mac & Windows) MarsEdit (Mac only) Qumana (Mac and Windows) Windows Live Writer (Windows only) Easy (mouse-free) way to add links by […]

ETS Rocket Day 2.0

I joined the IBM Hursley ETS (Emerging Technology Services) team just a few weeks after their first Rocket Day in 2005. Today was version 2.0, and it was the most fun team-building day out you can imagine; a field full of geeks and their (water, air and coke-and-mentos powered) rockets, cameras, access to good food […]

(Rough) plans for SXSW 2008

I’m packing for SXSW tomorrow (Thursday) morning. I’ve pulled together a (rough) schedule, thanks to the lovely SCHED (sched.org). This is a bit more complete than my previous list of things-not-to-miss. Of course, that list still contains the panel I’m sitting on (‘Stories, Games and Your Brand’) with Rachel Clarke, Jeremy Ettinghausen and Dan Hon. […]

The Backchannel

I’m presenting at the Meeting Professionals International event in London in April: the Europeans Meetings and Events Conference. (Yes, the meta-ness of speaking at a conference about conferences is not lost on me). I was invited to do something on Web 2.0 and ‘where is technology headed’. After some thought, I’ve written up some notes […]

Can the Third Sector use Second Life and Other Social Media?

A presentation I gave recently for a British charity. Ren Reynolds (no relation) suggested an alternative title for it, “Third Sector in Third Spaces”. That’s much better and I’d use something that next time. | View I’ve trimmed it down to an hour, but included most of the Q&A/discussion at the end, which included: How […]

Online Information 07 – Day 2

First of all, some observations: Wifi is much better, and there’s decent acess from inside the auditorium now. "Web two point naught" is perhaps the most irritating pronunciation, and makes me cringe every time. I confirmed the person sitting behind me was indeed Dominic Campbell by holding up my laptop showing his Twitter profile photo […]