When we can do what we want easily, and by ourselves, how does that affect the organization?
How much control can the organization have? Or should have?
Is a blocking strategy acceptable any longer? In fact, can it continue to work?
‘ Good enough’ is actually ‘good enough’
Just do it! Perfection is not important
The end of the traditional software cycle
Taking a leap of faith
Playing aka professional updating increasingly important
Customers are collaborators – traditional roles rapidly changing
And now - Back to the resources
Wikis - Advantages
Always available 24/7 for updating
Great for currency
Can invite anyone to use them
Reasonably easy to use
Create as many pages as you need
Wikis – disadvantages
Who is doing what?
Someone has to take charge
Can be complicated to set up or use
No stamp of authority
Disagreements need a referee
What if the hosting service dies?
Portal services – advantages
Easy to set up
Various modules/elements easy to incorporate
May simply be one screen
News/blog tracking services keep everything current
Set up without consulting the organization
Portal services – disadvantages
3 rd party
May be complicated
May require a lot of looking after
All the eggs in one basket
Private is private, but public may be very public
The organization may be associated to inappropriate material
Weblogs – advantages
Easy to set up and use
Multiple types of data
Real resource and archival functionality
RSS for easy data manipulation
Incorporate various other resources
Weblogs – disadvantages
Limited ability to collaborate
‘ But it’s a diary!’
Hamster on a treadmill
Challenge to the organization
Wikis Portals and Weblogs
Which is best when?
What can you see working?
What isn’t going to work
When is it going to be a challenge too far?
How will it/they improve your work flow?
What are the advantages to the information professional?
Netvibes adding shared pages
Annotating the web
Genwi is a media social network, save and share, news items, blog posts, video clips, podcasts, feeds, people, all with user profiles, messaging, add friends, voting, comments, add widgets to your profile.
ShareThis Mash Facebook, AIM, MySpace and email contacts into one list.
Huddle This is a network of secure online spaces that combine document, project and team tools with the simplicity of social networking. Pricing from £4.99 a month. Freebie version also available.
Revish If you love reading and sharing your reading experiences you're in the right place! Revish lets you write reviews of any books you read, maintain a reading list and share it with friends etc.
Plugoo Great for communication
Msgr Create your own instant messenger
Instacomment is a service allowing website owners to add an instant comment system to their pages.
Page creation tools
Nowsy Another start page like Pageflakes or Netvibes.
Tumblr is pretty much a link blog, but a very simple straightforward one from what I can see. Great as a sort of scrapbook thing to alert friends and colleagues to what you've found.
BT Tradespace Create your own website with BT.
Wik.is is another wiki creation tool
Resources to keep you up to date
My ‘I want to’ weblog at http://philbradley.typepad.com/i_want_to/
Techcrunch at http://www.techcrunch.com/
My ‘I want to’ web pages at http://www.philb.com/iwantto.htm