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Nick Carr’s difficulty in understanding my argument that cloud computing is likely to end up a low-margin business unless companies find some way to harness the network effects that are the heart of Web 2.0 made me realize that I use the term “network effects” somewhat differently, and not in the simplistic way many people understand it.
Sara Morishige AT SOME point in the decade after he moved from the farm in Nebraska where he grew up to the innovation hub that is the San Francisco Bay Area, Evan Williams accidentally stumbled upon three insights. First, that genuinely new ideas are, well, accidentally stumbled upon rather than sought out; second, that new ideas are by definition hard to explain to others, because words can express only what is already known; and third, that good ideas seem obvious in retrospect. So, having already had two accidental successes—one called Blogger, the other Twitter—Mr Williams is now trying to make accidents a regular occurrence for his company, called Obvious.
I’ve really been bitten by the Facebook/Twitter/Kyte/Jaiku bug.
The rapid rise of online social networks is both a social and business phenomenon, the impact of which is only beginning to be understood.
NEW YORK (Fortune) -- Last November in Beijing, IBM gathered 2,000 employees, with 5,000 more watching on the web, to unveil a series of global initiatives on digital storage, branchless banking, and the like. During the presentation, CEO Sam Palmisano walked up to an onstage PC, logged onto the online three-dimensional virtual world called Second Life, and took command of the cartoon-like "avatar" that represents him there. He then visited a version of Beijing's Forbidden City built on virtual real estate, dropping by an IBM ( Charts ) meeting where avatars controlled by employees in Australia, Florida, India, Ireland, and elsewhere were discussing supercomputing.
This week I will be presenting at the The ECAR Symposium 2006 event in Phoenix, AZ. The topic will be "Social Computing: From LifeStyle To WorkStyle" and will focus on some of the more interesting trends I've found in the social software space. While much of the media focus is on the technology, I've been more interested in examining aspects related to organizational dynamics and the manner in which such software can enable more effective social scaffolding within enterprises.
During a session at the Web 2.0 Summit, author and consultant Don Tapscott shared results from a research project on the Net generation, the first humans to grow up digitally.
A pair of new articles over on the Sandhill site explores the increasingly discussed topic of Enterprise 2.0, an important Web 2.0 offshoot that I've covered over the last few months. While a lot of folks are taking a wait and see attitude to the application of low-barrier, emergent, social software to enable ad hoc business processes, it's nevertheless a topic of interest in many IT and business circles. The first piece, by M.R.
On Tuesday Prosper.com , a person-to-person lending site that launched in February, will announce a couple of fairly significant milestones: 100,000 members and $20 million in funded loans. They reached both milestones faster than UK-based competitor Zopa , which was recently named a Busines 2.0 “Disruptor.”
As browser-based software, SaaS, and Web 2.0 continue to make some inroads in the enterprise, it's the lack of useful pioneer reports that hampers the early adoptors. Sure, many of us witness the often amazing trends taking place out on the Web in the form of mountains of user generated content and communication and collaboration occuring en masse via blogs and spaces. But the big question is still with us: Can the motivations and context that makes the latest generation of software on the Web so compelling, and hence popular, be made just as meaningful in the enterprise? As we get deeper into the second decade of the Web , we've been inundated with the 2.0 generation of everything, hopefully all learning from the mistakes of the 1.0 generation.
Enterprise RSS vendor Attensa has released two new products this summer and I was able to take a look at both last week.
In the past couple of months, we've gotten ever closer to high quality Rich Internet Application solutions.
The other day. I unexpectedly ran into an old, familiar, and spot-on concept originated by the science fiction author and futurist Arthur C. Clarke: people overestimate the short-term impact of technology, but underestimate its long term impacts.