The SharePoint Swiss Army Knife – poor at E2.0 and Social Media #btot

One of the biggest problems with SharePoint seems to be that it has been marketed like a Swiss Army Knife: capable of doing lots of things.  However, the tools provided aren’t always up to the job.  A case in point is SharePoint’s social media tools.  For example, in one recent listserv conversation someone asked about the experience of others in deploying SharePoints blogs and wikis.  The uniform response was that those tools were rudimentary at best and ultimately proved disappointing.  In fact, each respondent said they were looking for a better, more functional third-party tool that they could plug into SharePoint.  What nobody discussed was the opportunity cost of using SharePoint first and leaving their user group dissatisfied.

Not an E2.0 or KM solution then? h/t @VMaryAbraham @Vanderwal

I recommend “Thinking more about social objects in the enterprise” – #btot

While we’ve spoken about collaboration and teamwork for decades, the truth is that most corporate cultures are still not really about sharing. Which makes the very concept of an enterprise social object had to imagine. This is exacerbated by the continuing existence of blame cultures, which contribute to the fear of transparency and the pushback against sharing. It goes against human nature to help arm those who would attack you.

another excellent post. I also like “if e-mail, attachments and repositories are all we could come up with, we should all pack up and go home.”

BBC News – Barnardo’s ex-head says race issues threaten adoptions

I work in this field and have done so for over 14 years and have personal experience of adoption. To say children are being denied loving homes due to ethnic reasons is inaccurate. Adoption is a life long process and will affect the present and future therefore, adoption can not be measured by Martin Narey’s hysterical, ill informed statements lacking in basic analysis. Azra Jabbar, Birmingham

I loved the idea that someone who has headed Barnado’s for 5 years is hysterical and ill-informed.

Authority and control in the enterprise #btot

The issue of control, or rather perceived loss of it, is one that comes up all the time in talking about enterprise use of social tools. It fascinates me that those asking the question feel so apprehensive. What are they so afraid of? Will their employees really run amuck if given access to Facebook at work? Do people only put in productive days’ work because management are keeping them under control? And anyway – do those “in charge” of organisations really have that much control – or do they just have the outward appearance of it?

Control is diffucult to maintain if enough people want things to change – even if you resort to the threat of violence. Authority on other hand can be earned and enhanced through influence. How about trying to increase your influence through the use of social tools rather than banning them? If you are worried about security why not start blogging about why security matters and how to be secure? If you are concerned about time wasting start a forum discussion on productivity and what it looks and feels like?

What’s your view on social media *in* the enterprise?

Tuition Fees & Pensions; thefts from other generations?

A colleague and I were discussing tuition fees and a grauate tax, and he said 

A graduate tax (assuming not just for future grads) would at least be one less theft from the next generation


It got me thinking. If  tuition fees/graduate tax on future graduates is theft from the next generation…

… presumably it is the last generation who stole my pension?


In my view, of course, neither are a theft; both are a reflection on changing pattern in longevity, employment, and what we regard as appropriate provision by the state.


What’s your view?

How do you search *your* Tweets?

Also, Twitter’s handling of historical data is pants. I laugh, I cry, I laugh, I cry every time someone says Twitter will crush Google, it’s the new search, when they can’t even search tweets from more than 2 weeks ago. Yes, I realise it’s all about real-time now, and searching last month is so, well, last month. But I want to use Twitter in a way that I can easily search back to things I’ve been doing and links I’ve been noting; and, as it stands, I can’t. So I’d much rather pump all my tweets through something that is properly searchable. I still do tweet directly at times, but mostly because it’s convenient from TweetDeck; as soon as there’s an equivalently good Twitter client that posts to posterous – or just sends tweets to an email address, hah! – I’m out.

So, how do you Tweet to *guarantee* a record of your Tweets?

Vaccines: Get the Full Story –[guess *whose* Full Story]

  • Why vaccines have NEVER been proven safe or effective.
  • A list of some of the serious health side effects caused by vaccines.
  • Well, yes, but… How was smallpox eliminated?

    Deaths from smallpox vaccine compared with deaths from smallpox?
    Don’t know. Maybe the vaccine routinely killed 1 recipient in 4. More likely? It didn’t, and we have no smallpox.

    I had measles; I had adult mumps. My children won’t. Because my children won’t they won’t give it to other children.

    Those who don’t vaccinate their children? They rely on the herd immunity to protect their children from *killing, disabling diseases* – or I presume they don’t understand the risks they are choosing to inflict *upon* their children.

    Sadly, social networks – like Facebook – which can discourage vaccination by the well-meaning, mean that outbreaks can become much worse.

    Polio? Coming back in Africa because of anti-vaccine activity. I find it desperately hard to welcome that.

    Did Big Pharma push polio/smallpox vaccination?
    I don’t know. I know no-one gets smallpox, and my children won’t get polio.