How social media is transforming corporate knowledge management

This is the title of an interesting post from the "Many doors marketing blog" which looks at how social media is as the title suggests transforming how knowledge is shared and created within a corporate context.

The article is predominantly a discussion of Sharepoint and a solution called Sharepoint Social Sites, which makes creating and publishing content on Sharepoint easier for those users who may not be comfortable with or familiar with creating content on Sharepoint. The blog post also touches on the importance of adoption and how difficult it can be to encourgae people to use collaborative tools like Sharepoint.

From the blog post "There’s a chicken and egg relationship here. A collaboration system must achieve and maintain a critical mass of adoption and engagement to be self-sustaining. Few people are going to adopt and engage if nothing of value is happening on the system because not enough other people have adopted and engaged. To attract this level of participation the experience should be easy (low frustration), useful (practical results are usually obtained), and emotionally rewarding (users experience satisfaction or even enjoy using it). Otherwise a collaboration system risks turning into a quiet information cul de sac no matter how impressive its technology

I absolutely agree with this statement, there is no point in (A) forcing collaborative tools on individuals, they simply wont use them and (B) building sites/spaces for individuals when they haven't asked for them, they will remain unused and unloved or a best a bit like a ghost town. This blog post doesn't offer any advice on how to avoid this but does who how Sharepoint and Sharepoint social sites could be used as a collaborative tool.

Darent Valley 10k

On Sunday the 18th of April I ran the Darent Valley 10k. The last time I ran this race was in April 2008 and I set a fairly respectable time. Sadly this time I hadn't managed to do much training so I wasn't feeling confident of setting any sort of decent time, so I wasn't disappointed when I set a time of 50:31 for 10 kilometres.

Unfortunately I managed to injury myself pretty badly literally in the last 100 metres of the race, when I fell off a pavement running around a corner. I appear to have torn a ligament in my right foot (at least that is the diagnosis from my local minor injuries unit) so it looks like I will be laid up for at least 6 weeks and will miss a couple of very good races including the Whistable 10k and the Larkfield 10k both of which I ran last year and set some pretty good times in.

I may also have to think about temporarily renaming my blog the non-running librarian until I'm able to run again!

A funny thing happened on the way home from work...

It has been a while since I've posted anything to this blog for one very good reason, the new baby my wife and I were expecting finally arrived albeit two days you will see from the photo I've included with this post she was well worth waiting.

I hope to be posting a lot more in future, if I can keep my eyes open that is!

Happy April fools day!

Today is of course the 1st of April, which traditionally means a slew of April fools jokes from the likes of Google and YouTube as well as the odd law related joke.

My favourite so far has to be the video below from Sophos - very funny and almost believeable!