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10 Reasons Business Blogging is Better than Facebook [Infographic] What are Words Worth? By Stuart Boardman, KPN “Words are stupid, words are fun Words can put you on the run.”* Many years ago I learned, at my own cost, how easily words can be re- and/or misinterpreted.

What are Words Worth?

The story itself is not important. I’ve spent a lot of time since then trying to find ways of tying down meanings so that, if someone disagreed with me, it would at least be clear to everyone what we were disagreeing about.. Which brings me to the problem I want to address: Definitions can actually get in the way of the discussion. Recently I had a (friendly) public debate with Tom Graves about the meaning of the word entropy, which we used separately from each other to characterize related but different phenomena affecting enterprises.

Also recently, I have witnessed a debate in the Enterprise Architecture community (on LinkedIn) about the meaning of the words business and enterprise. So how can we get away from the meta-discussions? Let’s think about the term enterprise again. I need to draw pictures. Social Business Adoption Best Practice #3: Governance and Policies are crucial! #socbiz #ibmsocialbiz #socialbusiness. Download our 10 Most Helpful Social Media Ebooks. Periodic-Table-of-SEO-large.png (PNG Image, 1224 × 792 pixels) Are You Ready for the #SocialEra? A few months ago, Facebook bought Instagram for $1 billion.

Are You Ready for the #SocialEra?

Instagram had 13 employees at that point in time. How is it possible for 13 people to create a company worth $1 billion? On the face of it, this might seem impossible. But if you read 11 Rules for Creating Value in the #SocialEra by Nilofer Merchant, it starts to make a bit more sense. It turns out that Instagram was doing nearly all of the things that she recommends in this terrific book. Here is how Nilofer defines the Social Era: “Here’s the simplest way to define the Social Era: the industrial era primarily honored the institution as a construct of creating value. There are several important issues that Nilofer raises in the book: Social is not just “Social Media.” If you want to make your organisation more social, it requires tools and culture to work together.Tools by themselves will never fix your problem. Changing the culture means changing the business model. You can’t turn the New York Times into Instagram.

What Is The Kryptonite Of The Millennial Generation? No generation is just a single dimension or can be defined by a single thing.

What Is The Kryptonite Of The Millennial Generation?

However, there are certain trends with every generation, and our newest to tackle the business world is no different. I am in constant awe and amazement at the levels of intelligence and poise possessed of so many millennials entering the workforce today. Having attended conferences where I have listened to them present, seen them in action at companies across the country, or worked alongside of them on projects, there is a level of sophistication that did not present itself for years with my generation.

(Although, to be fair, that was because we all sat around in coffee houses, draped in way too much flannel, debating Nirvana lyrics, and deciding whether Ticketmaster was evil or just greedy.) But, in spite of growing up in the midst of a great technological leap forward, millennials have a fatal flaw – a weakness in your armor – and that is a lack of perspective. History Repeats Think our recession is new? Follow my leader: Retailers race to catch digital rivals. 30 August 2012Last updated at 19:00 ET Viewpoint by Karmesh Vaswani Infosys Shoppers are increasingly letting the barrier between digital and bricks and mortar blur when it comes to retailers Walk down any High Street and you can see the biggest forces revolutionising shopping habits as the meteoric rise of Google, Amazon, Apple and Facebook (or the Gang of Four as they are known) have fast become a normal part of our day-to-day lives.

Follow my leader: Retailers race to catch digital rivals

We shop on phones, compare on Google and ask our Twitter friends what they think. These and other innovative companies have changed our expectations about shopping and are forcing regular High Street retailers to up their game in response. The future offers shoppers the best of both worlds, with smart retailers adopting the digital innovations from these companies to create an even more compelling experience for customers. Infosys's Karmesh Vaswani: "We're standing on the edge of a new digital era" Take the example of someone who loves film. Online v High Street. 2012 Social Network Analysis Report – Demographic – Geographic and Search Data Revealed. 2011 marked the second year in which many social networks started to wane as social network saturation kicked in.

2012 Social Network Analysis Report – Demographic – Geographic and Search Data Revealed

The questions remains, how many social networks can you actively stay up to date on? As Facebook became the mainstay for many users in late 2009 and into 2010 and continuing into 2011, we see the continued fallout in interest for many other social networks. There are still a few social networks that are growing, year over year, however, such as Tumblr, Reddit and Twitter, to name a few.

We added coverage of the following social networks this year (in no particular order): Google PlusPinterestDribbbleGoodreadsQuoraSlideshareSquidoo 2012 Social Network Analysis Methodology: Reporting is the same as last year - most sites' search stats were pulled back by querying just their name. All data continues to come from Google because they have one of the largest data sets on the web. The Search Traffic reports are based on proportionate search traffic for the given query. The Hunt for Social Business Value. InShare102 Guest post by Ashley Furness of Software Advice When Microsoft announced plans to buy enterprise social network Yammer recently I was a little stunned.

The Hunt for Social Business Value

The reported $1.2-billion acquisition price tag seemed like a lot for simply replicating social networking functions in the business environment. Would companies really achieve ROI? Or would it be more of a “distraction,” as one user told me? Still, Chatter Product Marketing Director Dave King told me in a recent conversation that “social is more than a trend, it is a revolution that is changing the way we work and collaborate.” Boost Employee Recognition and Engagement Altimeter Group founder Charlene Li made a presentation recently (Discussed here “Enterprise Social Networking is More Than Facebook Behind a Firewall“) that highlights how enterprise social platforms engage employees.

Find Experts Faster Centerstance Inc. “They had an answer within 30 seconds… in Mandarin,” Lueck remembers. Streamline Project Management Tags: Social Network Size Linked to Brain Size. As humans, we aren't born with formidable armaments or defenses, nor are we the strongest, fastest, or biggest species, yet despite this we are amazingly successful.

Social Network Size Linked to Brain Size

For a long time it was thought that this success was because our enlarged brains allows each of us to be smarter than our competitors: better at abstract thinking, better with tools and better at adapting our behavior to those of our prey and predators. But are these really the most significant skills our brains provide us with? Another possibility is that we are successful because we can form long-lasting relationships with many others in diverse and flexible ways, and that this, combined with our native intelligence, explains why homo sapiens came to dominate the planet.

In every way from teaching our young to the industrial division of labour we are a massively co-operative species that relies on larger and more diverse networks of relationships than any other species.


Finally, a look at the people who use Twitter. InShare385 The days of “I don’t get Twitter” may soon pass.

Finally, a look at the people who use Twitter

Tweets are now a form of self-expression among connected consumers and it is this connected generation that continues to grow in size and influence year over year. Much in the same way that TXTing is a natural form of common conversation, even if it’s a norm that’s outside of the world as you know it—Twitter is reflective of how millions of people are connecting and communicating. Over the years, Twitter has become a human seismograph measuring world events, popular culture, everyday sentiment,while providing a lens into every nuance that captivates our attention. What was once a Twitter paradox is now part of our digital culture. At the end of 2011, we learned that over 100 million people were active on Twitter and that top top three counties, U.S., Brazil and Japan alone accounted for over 175 million daily Tweets. But to what extent is Twitter serving as an extension of real world self-expression? Why Enterprise Social Media Firms Are Being Gobbled Up. For a handful of enterprise social media firms, 2012 has been a version of 1999.

Why Enterprise Social Media Firms Are Being Gobbled Up

The Great Cash-Out got under way in May when Oracle paid $300 million for Vitrue, a cloud-based firm that mans social media communications for McDonald's, American Express and Gillette, among others. Oracle followed that acquisition by gobbling up social media monitoring firm Collective Intellect for an undisclosed sum in early June.

Meanwhile, paid $745 million for Buddy Media, a Vitrue competitor that counts Ford Motor and Hewlett-Packard among its clients. Soon after, reports circulated that Microsoft was interested in buying Yammer, a provider of a Facebook-type solution for businesses, for $1 billion or so. Just last week, the smallish Syncapse bought a smaller social media firm, Clickable. Why now? One factor is Facebook's IPO, which signaled for some that social media had reached its zenith of positive attention and it was a good time to sell. Peer pressure also plays a role. What Happens To Your Twitter When You Die? Creating A Social Media Will.

Let’s Call It What It Is: Pervasive Communication. I don’t want to talk about social media.

Let’s Call It What It Is: Pervasive Communication

I don’t want to talk about social business. I don’t want to talk about social enterprise. At least not in the context which many people seem to be using it these days. Businesses are not social. People are social. Social, or Engagement? When people talk about businesses needing to become more social, what do they really mean? To paraphrase my friend Phil Simon, “we have to raise the level of discourse.” Pervasive Communication The arrival of pervasive communication was disruptive. The challenge now is pervasive communication has become chaotic — the sprawl of communication mediums offer competing, yet similar functions.

With this change comes both risk and reward. Velocity of Information Pervasive communication through the aforementioned abundance and diversity of channels puts enormous amounts of information and analytic power in the hands of the average person — without even having to know how to research. Business Transformation Related articles. BritishHumanists. Upload Subscription preferences Loading... Working... British Humanist Association "How can I be happy? " 765,440 views 4 months ago A short Humanist video exploring what makes people happy.Written & produced by the British Humanist Association in conjunction with SkeptiSketch, and narrated by Stephen Fry.Contributing artist: Roberto Gomez - EvolutionBiologia.Thank you to Alom Shaha, Craig Duncan, Andrew Copson, and Sara PassmoreThat's Humanism logo design by Nick Cousins | Show less Read more Uploads Play 4:02 Humanist, non-religious weddings 2,431 views 1 month ago 5:42 BHA Chief Executive Andrew Copson discussing the assisted dying ruling, on BBC News 912 views 1 month ago 49:14 CFI UK presents Dr Rupert Read at Global Warming - Where Do We Go From Here?

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Preview of Twitter Advertising Platform for B2B Companies. Earlier this year Twitter announced a partnership with American Express to make their self-serve advertising platform available to a limited number of small businesses. We signed up for because access to Twitter’s advertising platform previously has been limited to those with big budgets. This leaves out many B2B companies. We offer this preview of what Twitter’s advertising platform looks like, so you can explore the option of promoted accounts and promoted tweets with the knowledge of how the platform works. Choose a target and a budget, and Twitter does the rest. Click on each image to enlarge it and view in new tab. Welcome Screen Geographic Targeting Select where your target audience is located. Promoted Account Select a daily amount to spend on promoting your account to relevant people.

Promoted Tweets Select a daily amount to spend on promoting your most engaging tweets to relevant people. Payment Information And finally, you have to pay for all of this. Harvard and MIT launch edX to offer free online classes - May. 2. The first official set of edX courses will be announced this summer, and will begin in the fall. NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- Always wanted to take a Harvard class? Soon you'll be able to do so from the comfort of your own home. Harvard and MIT announced a partnership Wednesday to offer free online courses to students around the world. The initiative, known as edX, will be run by a non-profit organization controlled by the two schools. Each has committed $30 million to the effort. The first official courses will be announced this summer and are set to begin in the fall.

EdX students won't receive university credit for the classes, which will span a variety of disciplines. The project builds on an online education program that MIT announced last year. The Harvard-MIT project faces some competition in the push to make high-quality educational courses available online. MIT and Harvard said that they hope to eventually partner with other universities to expand the offerings on the edX platform. Open Source. Crowdsourcing. An Introduction to Recorded Future: An ability to leverage the predictive power of the web. open-source community-based tools for learning.

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Big Data Analytics, Business Intelligence and the Mind of Sherlock Holmes. “My name is Sherlock Holmes. It is my business to know what other people do not know.” — The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle Sherlock Holmes turned 125 years old last year, and he’s never been more alive and well. The world seems more captivated by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s legendary London detective than ever before. Much of this excitement has been driven recently by the smash BBC One TV series Sherlock, drawing rave reviews for its update of Holmes and Dr. Watson as present-day Londoners fighting 21st-century crime. Pop culture critic and author John Powers cleverly explains Holmes’ enduring appeal as a literary hero and cultural icon: Sherlock Holmes “possesses no superpowers — his parents weren’t wizards, no radioactive spider bit him — [and yet] his gifts are cool enough to be superhuman.

A quick review of Conan Doyle’s novels and short stories reveals Sherlock Holmes shared useful advice on effectively accessing, analyzing — and yes, unifying — information.

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Two Champions Are Crowned: Windows 7 And Linux : Web Browser Grand Prix 9: Chrome 17, Firefox 10, And Ubuntu. Web Browser Grand Prix Champion: The Windows Circuit With a higher combination of wins and strong finishes, and the same number of losses, Firefox barely pulls off another victory over Chrome. While Mozilla solidified its lead over Google in WBGP VIII, Chrome all but took that lead back, returning Firefox to the tenuous victory is pulled off in WBGP 7.

Opera remains in a comparatively distant third place, while Safari is even further behind. Meanwhile, IE9 is looking more like IE8 in the face of its fast-paced competition. Web Browser Grand Prix Champion: The Linux Circuit Chrome sweeps the Linux Circuit in a way we haven't seen in a very long time. While many people expected Chrome to take this crown, Opera is actually the big surprise on our Linux Circuit. Operating System Comparison Of the 25 charts where we compared platforms, Ubuntu's result was shown in red only seven times. But hey, at least Linux fared better against Windows 7 than OS X. Raspberry Pi? Buying frenzy crashes website. Mozilla announces marketplace for open web apps. Foursquare ditches Google Maps for open source data. IE holds rival browsers at bay.


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