Excerpt from Google Inside Search (The Official Google Search Blog): "Google Trends is a helpful place to see what people are searching for around the world. You can keep up with hot searches in real time, or take a historical look at trends dating back to 2004. Started some days ago, it’s easier to get just the right insights at just the right time with email notifications.
You can now "Subscribe" to any search topic, Hot Searches for any country, or any U.S. monthly Top Chart. You can also subscribe to email notifications about search interest in any topic you'd like.
If you decide you’re getting too many notifications, there’s an easy “unsubscribe” link in every email, or you can manage your preference on the Trends website in the new "subscriptions" section..."
"The next big thing is getting smaller and smaller."
"The first generation of social media touted "networking", but the next generation, raised in always-on connectivity, will embrace ephemerality and digital tribalism. Those users will abandon the major social networks and migrate to more granular mobile villages with simpler ecosystems."
I think these two statements are pretty much spot-on, and will watch with interest as Facebook (and the 'others') tries to look small while continuing to gobble-up anyone and anything that looks like it might threaten its business model. We don't need one all-consuming platform, but that not how FB shareholders view the world.
A very interesting comparison of several measurement tools and what they really measure. [note mg]
For marketers, PR professionals and customer service teams, personal influence measurement tools can save time and help facilitate business decisions. Tools such as Klout, PeerIndex, Kred and TweetLevel are being used by brands to rank the relative importance of customers and prospects, prioritize customer service responses, and identify groups of influencers to target with perks and product sampling promotions.
But what are these personal influence measurement tools really measuring? Are they really an effective way to understand which of your customers are more influential?
It is easy to understand influence as a concept; if you can get other people to do something, you have influence. But it’s not at all easy to define how you would measure influence. As Nathan Gilliatt has pointed out, there is no such thing as a “unit of influence” – an observable, measurable event that reflects influence.
Social reputation and social influence are becoming as important (if not more important) than your paper-based CV and your real-world network. But can they be empirically measured, and if so, what does your score actually mean? This article gives an overview of some of the products/services that purport to give you an influence score. Whether you take it seriously is entirely up to you!
Robin Good: Here is a handy short guide to nine free infographic creation tools that can be utilized to create enticing visuals, word charts and data-based infographics without having special technical skills.
Check them all out: http://www.infographicsarchive.com/create-infographics-and-data-visualization/
Companies are (at last) catching up with the technology and beginning to take on board the true power of the social tools available to them.
Having spent the last 5 years or so adapting their external marketing mix to absorb the power of social media, they are beginning to realise the full potential of internal social tools which are capable of speeding up business processes and breaking down silos, allowing employees to collaborate more effectively and at greater speeds.
But they also have to realise that widespread adoption of these new tools is less about the technology and more about people and behaviours.
As more workplaces become knowledge based, more companies will experience the tension of helping employees work together effectively while allowing them to do their jobs from almost anywhere.
One of the most important questions regarding the ability to work from anywhere is the effect it has on employees' engagement levels. On the one hand, working remotely offers employees a measure of autonomy that helps them feel better equipped to do their jobs well. On the other hand, employees must have positive, trusting relationships with their managers and coworkers to stay engaged, and such relationships may be more difficult to sustain with fewer opportunities for face-to-face interaction.
Gallup's extensive employee engagement research - presented in its recent State of the American Workplace report -- suggests that the ability to work remotely corresponds with higher engagement, but primarily among those who spend less than 20% of their total working time doing so.
Gallup found that overall, remote workers are sllighlty more engaged (32%) than employees who work on site (28%). But there is a point of diminishing returns for engaging remote workers: Those who spend less than 20% of their time working remotely are the most engaged (35%) and have the lowest level of active disengagement (12%). These employees likely enjoy an ideal balance of both worlds opportunities for collaboration and camaraderie with coworkers at the office and the relative sense of freedom that comes from working remotely. #socbiz #agile
While technology has thoroughly infused the workplace, its strategic adoption and meaningful application by the typical worker is actually just beginning. Here's how the digital workplace will develop in 2014.
While technology has thoroughly infused the workplace, its strategic adoption and meaningful application by the typical worker is actually just beginning. Here's how the digital workplace will look this year.
There are almost no limits when creating books from Wikipedia content. A good book focuses on a certain topic and covers it as well as possible. A meaningful title helps other users to have the correct expectation regarding the content of a book.
I can't add much to what Robin Good has already said, though I did explain the same process when I created a travel book for our holiday in the Amazon last year. Why not create a book for your next holiday destination?
The rabbit hole that is the Internet goes much deeper than most people know. In fact, the World Wide Web as we know it represents just 4% of networked web pages — the remaining 96% of pages make up...
Stephen Dale's insight:
The surface web - what we see using our standard browsers - represents a mere 4% of what is really out there. The other 96% is what is knowln as the "Deep Web" or "Dark Web" and consists mainly of peer to peer networks. You need to use a dedicated web browser to access the deep web - TOR (The Onion Router) being the most popular.
The Deep Web is where Bitcoin (a digital currency) is used for most e-commerce transactions.
Users include the military, police, journalists.....and criminals.
There may be a wealth of information on the Deep Web, but you should be careful about what you look for. Just like Alice, the deeper you go, the more trouble you could find yourself in.
Rangaswami makes his own case for why filters matter: soon, everything and everyone will be connectedthat includes people, devices, creatures, inanimate objects, even concepts (like a tweet or a theme)at the same time, the cost of sensors and actuators is dropping at least as fast as compute and storageso that means everything and everyone can now publish status and alerts of pretty much anythingthere’s the potential for a whole lotta publishing to happenwhich in turn means it’s firehose timeso we need filterswhich is why the stream/filter/drain approach is becoming more common
Filters are important when drinking from the Internet firehose!
With over 73 percent of online adults now using a social networking site, social media has dramatically impacted the world in both positive and negative ways. It has left many people to wonder how and if social media can mentally affect people.
The article looks at the effects on society and individuals by the evolution of social media and social networks. Perhaps not surprisingly, the author - Lemoyne College professor of psychology Krystine Batchois - finds both good and bad.
The downside identified by Batchos includes:
- younger people adapting more to on-line interactions and therefore lacking real-life social skills
- mental health problems
“The greater the social media use over time, the life satisfaction decreases,”
I think I'd agree with that. There can be no real substitute for real-world life and experience.
I liked the comment from Jonathan Crossfield in relation to the concept of a 'social media expert': "This term in itself is silly because it implies authority over something that refuses to stand still".
I would add that social media is best understood if you''re an active participant, rather than a distant observer. After all, you don't learn to fly by watching the pilot!
While the past favored those who could retain and process information efficiently, the future belongs to those who can imagine a better world and work with others to make it happen.
Stephen Dale's insight:
As Greg (author) notes: "...if computers are doing the work of humans, what are all the people going to do?"
But read on, because it's not all bad news for the technophobes. Machines cannot apply knowledge - that will always be a human activity, and it's how we apply what we know that will shape the world we want to live in.
Much has been made recently about one of the stand out trends of the times we live in: Everything is becoming infused with technology. Software is eating the world it is said. Some have claimed tha...
Stephen Dale's insight:
From the article, the future of work key aspects:
1. The evolution of the business/worker: We are on a trajectory that has taken us well away from lifetime employment; both companies and individuals are much more autonomous. 2. Social enterprise: Companies and their workers must be thinking about the bigger picture, e.g. sustainability, environmentalism, corporate social good/responsibility - requires a very different mindset in our workforce than our traditional organizations typically have cultivated in the past. 3. New modes of management and workforce collaboration: The collaborative economy that is remaking very concept of how business works for the digital era. 4. New transformative workplace technologies: Everything from wearable tech to mind/machine interfaces and increasingly commonplace social business tools are changing how we will work. Businesses are also becoming platforms in every sense of the word, becoming technologies in their own right. 5. New approaches for addressing diversity and inequality: Expect enormous investments made through the rest of the decade by businesses, government, and other institutions to start tackling the structural issues in the global economy. We’ve increasingly learned and come to accept how much they impact business performance and the bottom-line. 6. A shift in the fundamental relationship between workers and business: The flourishing of vast numbers of self-organizing online communities. People can just come together online and create shared value without an intermediate organization that would otherwise have to the resources required to meet their needs. The classical enterprise clearly isn’t as necessary as before for many purpose. 7. Co-evolutionary changes in society and global/regional culture that impact the workplace: Technology improves what’s possible by dramatically lowering the effort, time, or cost of doing something. This sets expectation and enables/encourages new types of behavior in people and society as a whole. We need to better understand where this co-evolutionary process is taking us, as well as anticipating how these new directions will impact - it will affect our businesses.
Relevant and insightful to emergent "Social Business"
Can a big old hierarchical bureaucracy become a 21st century networked firm? My interview with Rod Collins, former CEO of Blue Cross Blue Shield Federal Employee Program. Many firms would often rather die than change. For some, a hybrid approach may help.
Stephen Dale's insight:
Excellent article from Steve Denning, based on an interview with
Rod Collins, author of the book, Wiki Management .
Collins is clear that for an organization to survive it must shift to a network-based management with peer-based accountability,
There are three basic options. The choice will depend on the organization's particular history:
The lattice option has no hierarchy, no bosses, and work is self-organized.
The campus option, modelled on Google, where there is a loose hierarchy. They have managers but the reporting relationships are so spread—about a 60:1 ratio—that it is impossible for the managers to micro-manage the work.
The hybrid option, which is more likely what a big old firm is going to use. Hybrid options are transition options, blending network features with a hierarchical structure.
In the end, it comes down to: Are you planning and controlling? Or are you iterating and co-creating? If you’re doing the former, you are probably on a path to death. If you’re doing the latter, you have the capacity to manage at the pace of change.
A beautiful testament to the power of human collaboration.
A castell is a human tower built traditionally in festivals at many locations within Catalonia. At these festivals, several colles castelleres or teams often succeed in building and dismantling a tower's structure.
On November 16, 2010, castells were declared by UNESCO to be amongst the Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.
This is a film by David Oliete. Filmed on the 6th and 7th of October 2012 in Tarragona, Catalonia.
Do you remember the days before you carried around the world in your pocket?
That would have been before Tim Berners-Lee, a British computer scientist, submitted his proposal for what became the Web back in March of 1989. The Web turned 25 years old this week and it's hard to imagine an invention or process that has changed our lives as much in recent history, impacting everything from political movements to our love lives.
Google's Matt Cutts, in a personal blog post, declared that "guest blogging is done" as an SEO tactic, setting off a firestorm. Here's a full recap of why this happened, how the industry reacted, and what it means for future of guest blogging.