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Google aims to "connect" users with shared interests

Google aims to "connect" users with shared interests
Google is improving its service aimed at providing websites with social networking features by making it easier for users with shared interests to connect with one another. The company has announced a number of new features for its Google Friend Connect that center on collecting and utilizing information about a site users' interests. The new features start off with a several ways to poll users for information about their particular interests. From your Friend Connect account, you can create a poll to ask your users site-relevant questions about what they are into. Then, you can have users answer the poll when they sign in to your site, via a poll gadget embedded in the site, or using the Friend Connect API. Site owners can use the data to create and send customized newsletters to users based on their stated interests. Here's a sample of the data you might collect if you ran a site about electric guitars. A quick demo of some of the new Google Friend Connect features Related:  collaboration

Global 500 pharmaceutical company boosts retention of MBA candid We have another client on the record. Here's our latest case study detailing a project that a global 500 pharmaceutical company launched with ProtoSphere. We don't have permission (yet) to use their name, so we scrubbed the case study of all identifying elements. Customer name A global 500 pharmaceutical company Industry Pharmaceuticals Situation Recruiting and retaining MBA candidates with leadership potential is essential to the success of any company in the life sciences arena. A global pharmaceutical company with annual revenues in excess of $50 billion wanted to improve its recruiting ROI by increasing how long MBA candidates stayed with the company, and by boosting the number who became company leaders. Additionally, company officials saw a need to provide the latest online tools to MBA candidates, who might otherwise be attracted to competitors with more exciting information technology. Several problems stood out. This fire hose of information would normally be hard to manage.

10 Team Collaboration Techniques for 2010 | Online Social Networ Dec Ivana Taylor, consultant and author of the marketing blog, Strategy Stew, presented 10 Must-Do Marketing Tips for 2010 in the OPEN Forum Idea Hub for Innovation. Reading through Ivana’s tips, I stopped at “Productize Your Services: It’s much easier to understand and purchase something that looks like a product.” This task has been on my list for a while, but now I feel compelled to tackle it sooner rather than later. During 2009, I focused on researching, analyzing and blogging about social networking sites and social media paradigms. Here are ten of the many ways we might be able to collaborate in the year to come: Brainstorming - Teaching each other and working together to find creative solutions to problems. I can envision collaboration strategies such as these benefiting teams in a corporate setting as well. Please share your ideas below before you go. If you’d like to collaborate, send an email with “Collaborate” in the subject to collaborate at braunersolutions dot com.

9 Great Document Collaboration Tools for Teams This post originally appeared on the American Express OPEN Forum, where Mashable regularly contributes articles about leveraging social media and technology in small business. With cloud computing continuing its reach into areas once dominated by desktop applications, it's a great time to consider how your business could benefit from online collaboration tools for producing great documents. Whether it's a proposal, press release, manual, or other type of communication or documentation, there are some great and relatively easy to use tools out there to help your team prepare it. We've looked at the bigger picture in team collaboration tools before, including everything from private group messaging to shared contacts to project management. Wikis Wiki software allows multiple users to collaborate on interlinked web documents relatively easily using a WYSIWYG editor or a lightweight markup language. Collaborative Document Editors Google Wave More small business resources from Mashable:

15 Free Tools for Web-based Collaboration No man (or woman) is an island – and this statement can’t be any truer if you’re a designer or developer. Though paid/subscription services like Basecamp and Zimbra are great, individuals strapped for cash have a ton of alternatives that provide similar (if not better) features. In this article, you’ll find 15 free tools to help you facilitate remote/web-based collaboration. Whether you need basic whiteboarding/brainstorming tools or fully-featured project management applications – you should be able to find a tool or two that’s worth checking out. Google Docs Google Docs is an excellent application for collaboration. Stixy Stixy is a flexible, online “bulletin board”/drawing board. Project2Manage Project2Manage is a fully-featured, free, hosted solution for project management and collaboration (similar to Basecamp). is a free, web-based application for collaborative brainstorming. Dabbleboard Dabbleboard is a robust, online whiteboard that’s easy to use. Protonotes Twiddla

The 10 Best Collaborative Web Tools for Business | Business Pund This is a blog post by Drea Knufken. Desktop software may soon be a thing of the past. This is especially true in collaboration applications–the kind project managers and work groups use. * Secure, remote access from anywhere with an Internet connection * Lower software costs * Little to no setup costs * No need for technicians to setup * No long-term commitments * Centralization * Compatible with any operating system * No updating * No patching * No backing up * Add new users instantly * No computer dependence What are My Options? Ready to try a web-based approach? 10. Features: * Microblogging * Group creation * Company social network * File attaching * Email integration * RSS feeds Pros: * Creative setup process * Clean, simple interface * Very easy to use * Well-executed microblogging * Desktop, mobile clients * API Cons: * Extremely limited functionality * Not much business use * Could be less productive to use * No outsider integration Overview: I follow a link to my network via email.

Managing Mass Collaboration 100 Web Tools to Enhance Collaboration (Part 3) | Ozge Karaoglu& “If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange these apples then you and I will still each have one apple. But if you have an idea and I have an idea and we exchange these ideas, then each of us will have two ideas.” George Bernard Shaw Collaboration tools let you create, edit, share, discuss, engage, communicate and collaborate with others in a meaningful way that help us learn from each other. Here comes the third part of the series to facilitate web based collaboration. Let’s work 2gether!! Prezi is a unique way to create presentations without any slides but zooming sketches on a blank canvas. Woices is an interesting tool to share and share echos that are linked to specific geographical location or real life objects. Protonotes are notes that you add to your prototype to discuss, and collaborate on prototype, it’s more like a discussion board wiki. Twiddla allows you to mark websites, graphics and photos or you can use a blank canvas to brainstorm. Board800 Read more:

Knowledge Infusion | We Know Human Capital Workscape evolution This morning Jane Hart posted this 5-stage model of the evolution of workplace learning in an organization. I’ve re-worked the model to show: my domain is the workscape (the merger of work and learning, the learning ecosystem)overarching issue is who controls the curriculumlearning is a mix of formal and informal, not one or the other The further you go to the right in these models, the less the support provided by L&D. I advocate filling the gap with support of social and informal learning. LMS have their place: opening up and tracking performance of formal and compliance training.

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