Building Effective Information Systems using Social Tools

Social media systems, tools which enable us to emit little nuggets of information whenever we like, run the risk of being analogous to using a fine-mist spray to fill a water glass at 50 feet. It’s not a terribly good way to get a drink. The trouble is, we all play two roles in the analogy: we are both the spray head and the glass. We emit nuggets of information, we also consume information which other people have emitted. It’s all a bit haphazard and directionless: it needs control in order to be effective.

Let me move away from the analogy and back to social media proper. As a Google+ user, I often send out updates – usually links to blog posts of my own, or to news articles or posts which I’ve found on the Internet which are either interesting in of themselves or else worthy of comment. These sorts of updates go out publicly, and I like to think that there might be a few people out there who would find them useful. If they could find them. And that’s the problem I am trying to highlight in this post: building social media tools which don’t just allow us to emit information, but allow information to find us. Read more of this post

Social Updates

Folks, just a quick post to say I’m now using Google+ quite extensively as my social platform of choice. I’m a big user of Google products, and the integration into Google+ is great – plus, it’s simply a well-crafted social media application. Read more of this post

IP Expo 2011 Roundup

Freshly back from the second day of IP Expo, held at Earl’s Court, London, I thought I should share some thoughts whilst they’re fresh in my mind.

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Why Google have it right

When Google first opened their doors in 1998, it was a very different company to the one we see today. The founders even favoured ad-free search engines. How times have changed! Google is essentially an advertising-funded company, but they’ve also spotted market trends (or invented them, or been very lucky – you decide) which map a clear path to a future cloud-based environment. Read more of this post