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A Weekly Glimpse of elsua – The Knowledge Management Blog – Weeks 49 and 50

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Here I am again sharing with you some further notes on some of the most popular weblog posts I have created in the last couple of weeks over at the other Internet weblog that I have been maintaining in the last few months: elsua – The Knowledge Management Blog around the world of Knowledge Management, Collaboration, Communities and Social Computing. As you have been able to see, the last weblog entry I created on this subject followed the same format that I am going to follow in this particular post, which is actually group those popular weblog posts by the last two weeks, so that you get a chance to see in a single go what people have been reading in the last couple of weeks.

I must say that this time around folks over at ITtoolbox have actually been reading a bunch of different topics so, as usual, I am just going to share a couple of comments from the more frequent weblog entries that have appeared already over here and for the new ones I shall just put together the syndication feed summary so that you can have a quick look just in case you may have missed it. So without much further ado, here are the most popular weblog posts from elsua – The Knowledge Management Blog in the last couple of weeks:

1. The Problem with Wikis Is People – Time to Provoke a Cultural Change in the Way We Share Knowledge?: A couple of days ago I actually bumped into a very interesting, and thought provoking, entry over at Jeremiah’s Web Strategy weblog titled: The Problem with Wikis is People, where he actually coins a very insightful definition of what wikis are all about: "Wikis are great for Community Knowledge". A definition that I would certainly agree with, I must say, specially from a Knowledge Management and Social Computing perspective.

But why is it that wikis have not been adopted widely specially both inside and outside of the firewall? Here is a weblog entry that tackles these issues and that proposes on solution: Provoke a cultural change!

2. Is Skype Becoming an Enterprise Collaboration Platform? – Be Afraid. Be Very Afraid!: Can you imagine what will happen if one of these days companies would start opening up to Skype and begin adopting it as an enterprise real-time collaboration tool? Can you imagine what that would mean for different businesses? Yes, Skype may be forbidden in most companies but how long before they give up and they would start seeing some more of the capabilities that Skype provides, specially with the recent release of Skype 3.

3. Taking Down Knowledge Management Barriers: For the second time running, this particular entry came up as being one of the top, most frequently read, weblog posts over the last couple of weeks and interestingly enough so it did the follow up weblog post I shared not so long afterwards: Taking Down Knowledge Management Barriers – Part Deux. I am glad to see that plenty of folks are actually discussing some of the major issues that have been dragging KM all along and try to venture into potential ways to address those issues, overcome them and bring KM back to where it was supposed to be in the first place. Stay tuned because there is a third part coming up tackling those same issues and I will be sharing those insights over here in this particular weblog.

4. 15 Ways to Use Software to Improve Your Knowledge Management: Here is this other weblog post coming up for the second time running as well, where it shows how quite a few people seem to be interested in how software, specially with all this social computing hype going on at the moment, is helping KM come back in full force empowering knowledge workers to share more information and knowledge and collaborate with others perhaps even much more effectively than ever before.

5. Your Single Social Network – ClaimID and Identity 2.0 to the Rescue?: Here is a follow up weblog post on the series about social networking fatigue that I have been weblogging about in the past a couple of times and which touches base on one of the major inhibitors from social networking adoption which is the sign-up and building further up of the initial network for each and everyone of the social networking tools available out there. This is another plea, like some other folks have already commented, on perhaps introducing a single and unique social networking profiling capability and use that one across the board.

6. IBM’s Knowledge Management Strategy: Well, well, well, it looks like this particular weblog entry seems to popup, almost every week, as one of the most popular reads as well. And I am saying all this because I am delighted that plenty of people are still interested in finding out some more about some of the stuff that IBM is doing in the space of KM, something that, if you would remember, I decided to give it a bit more exposure with the IBM category in this very same weblog. And again, I would suggest you continue to tune into this particular category because there will be plenty of stuff to discuss on this area during the course of 2007 or, perhaps, starting even earlier!

7. Ten Video Sharing Services Compared – Time to Enter the World of Videocasting? – Part Deux: Here is a follow up weblog entry on yesterday’s post that I shared regarding online video sharing offerings. If yesterday I was actually suggesting an interesting resource worth while going through for those folks interested in videocasting in general here is a recommendation to a weblog post from DVguru that is certainly worth while a read for those folks who may not be too sure where to get started and how to get things going with whatever the online video sharing service. The weblog entry may be a few months old already but still very much relevant and worth while a read, including the commentary.

So that was it, folks, at least, for the last couple of weeks. As you would be able to see, still that lovely combination of KM related topics, along with some more knowledge tools discussion and a few other interesting bits and pieces around the world of Social Computing that I haven’t covered elsewhere just yet, but that I am planning to come back to as time goes by. Specially in those areas where I feel that KM is coming back from wherever it was before and it is now a good chance to see how it is benefiting more and more from that comeback with the emergence of social software. But that would be another story for other weblog posts. For the time being, hope you get to enjoy those already popular weblog posts and I shall be back for some more in upcoming weeks.

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A Weekly Glimpse of elsua – The Knowledge Management Blog – Weeks 47 and 48

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Oh dear, I actually thought that I had shared a weblog post last week where I was sharing the weekly glimpse of elsua‘s (The Knowledge Management Blog) for week 47, like I have been doing for the last few weeks already, to then only find out just now that it didn’t get posted after all. It just went into my draft weblog entries and it has been sitting there ever since ! Hummm, I guess I will have to go ahead and re-write what I put together back then and try to combine it with the weekly glimpse from the following week. So that is what I will do. However, I will try to keep the weblog post as short as possible and therefore just share the details of the different weblog entries without duplicating content. Let’s see. Here you have got the most popular weblog posts for the last two weeks from elsua – The Knowledge Management Blog ranked by page hits:

1. 15 Ways to Use Software to Improve Your Knowledge Management: If you ever wondered what would be some of the major components that a successful Knowledge Management programme should have, if you are in the actual process of reviewing your current Knowledge Management programme I would encourage you all to check Techsoup’s article on "15 Ways to Use Software to Improve Your Knowledge Management" where you would find plenty of different tips put together by combining the best of both worlds, both the traditional KM and the new emerging KM based on social computing. Worth while a read and here is a preview of what you would be able to find over there.

2. Taking Down Knowledge Management Barriers: Ever wonder why Knowledge Management didn’t take off within the enterprise in the way it was first envisioned? Ever thought what were the main KM barriers that prevented that massive adoption of KM programs? Want to find out how things are changing nowadays with the inclusion of social software into the whole picture? Here is a weblog post that touches on some of the issues of the past and also a look into the brilliant present and most promising future.

3. IBM TV – Keeping an Eye on IBM Happenings: Ever wanted to keep up to date with whatever is happening over at IBM around the world of Knowledge and Information Management, Collaboration, Communities, Emerging Technologies, Social Software and Web 2.0? Ever wanted to know how IBM is trying to combine the best of both worlds and merging quite successfully both traditional groupware tools with the latest on social software tools? Then you may be interested in this particular weblog post where I am sharing a link to the IBM TV Web site where you can find some good resources to get you going in this area. So read on further for some more recommendations on what to check first.

4. Tips for Successful Corporate Blogs: Ever wanted to find out what corporate weblogging is all about? Thought you have seen it all when talking about corporate / enterprise weblogging? Ever thought you have had enough of all those studies and surveys? Well, here is a weblog post I created where I referenced another weblog post by Roland Piquepaille that gets to comment on a very worth while survey and study performed around the subject of corporate weblogs and which I am sure you are going to enjoy. This time around, this one is coming from Northeastern University, MA., and Backbone Media Inc.

5. Instant Messaging As a Powerful Vehicle for Instant Communications with the Enterprise: Here is a weblog post where I am sharing some of the annotations that I have taken from a recent e-meeting I have attended, through the replay, from Osterman Research Inc. around the subject of Enterprise IM and how Instant Messaging is making its way rather quick into the enterprise world as perhaps one of the most powerful collaborative tools for real-time interactions. Long gone are the days where IM was just meant for teenagers …

6. IBM’s Knowledge Management Strategy: This is also bound to be one of the most popular weblog posts for the whole month, because on the statistics it is actually showing up on the Top 5 for three consecutive weeks. So I guess it is interesting for folks out there to find out what IBM is currently doing around its KM strategy. And I guess that over here, in this weblog, you would be able to hear some more about it, specially now that I have got the IBM category up and running. Thus stay tuned for plenty more to come.

7. Vyew 2.0 – Free Web Collaboration: This particular article also came up on the top 5 for week 46 and it clearly shows how much worth while it actually is in order to help virtual and distributed teams and communities collaborate and share knowledge on whatever the topic. And all of that with just something so relatively simple as just having your favourite browser and a URL. Stunning!

8. BlinkList Guide for Educators- Tools and Tagging: Here is a quick weblog post that actually details how you can get the most of your social networking tools experience by making extensive use of an impressive social bookmarking tool like del.icio.us and FireFox 2.0 and how in my own set up I am actually achieving similar results making use of both BlinkList and Flock. BlinkList as my preferred social bookmarking tool which now integrates quite nicely with whatever other social bookmarking tool and Flock, still my default web browser despite the recent releases from IE7 and FireFox 2.

As you would be able to see, plenty of different topics dealing not just with traditional Knowledge Management but also with the next generation of KM, Social Computing, which, as I have been saying all along, is perhaps what KM should have been all about all along: the perfect combination in balance of both explicit and tacit knowledge exchanges. Good stuff!

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A Weekly Glimpse of elsua – The Knowledge Management Blog – Week 46

Here we go, once again, with some of the highlights from the most popular weblog posts of the week from my other Internet weblog, elsua – The Knowledge Management Blog, but this time around for week 46. As I have been doing thus far, I am actually going to share the top most read weblog posts of the week along with the RSS feed text I shared for each of the weblog posts for those ones which I haven’t talked about in the past so that you can get a glimpse of that particular weblog post and a hint as to why it may have been a popular one. Then if it is a repeat popular entry I would add some further insights on the weblog post itself.

Thus with all that said, here is the top 5 most popular weblog posts from week 46 from my other Internet weblog: elsua – The Knowledge Management Blog. Feel free to chime in the conversations rather over there or over here by appending a comment or offline, too.

1. Skype 3.0 – Entering the Realm of Online Collaboration with a Splash!: It looks like Skype has just released a new beta, Skype 3.0, which brings forward a whole bunch of new features. So here is a quick overview of how thanks to those same new features Skype is just about to finally distance itself from other IM and VoIP by putting together an impressive list of real-time online collaborative features set that everyone would be able to use. Prepare for businesses to start paying more and more attention to Skype. The fun has just got started !

2. Vyew 2.0 – Free Web Collaboration: For the second week running this particular weblog post seems to have become rather popular still. And somehow I must confess that I am not really surprised about it, because having used this e-meeting tool a few times already I can only say that it is a really worth while choice if you would want to have a new and refreshing experience about meeting online with your colleagues or friends to share stuff. It just makes the experience a delight. Highly recommended!

3. Entrepreneurs See a Web Guided by Common Sense – Is That Really So?!?: As if we didn’t have enough with Web 2.0 and all the hype going on around the subject of social software, here is an article from the NYT introducing the concept of Web 3.0. This is a weblog post in which I share why I am not really looking forward to such Web 3.

4. IBM’s Knowledge Management Strategy: This is actually one weblog post I created a few months back and which details IBM‘s strategy with regards to Knowledge Management and where I touched base on four of the different key components that are part of that particular strategy: Asset Management, Expertise Location, Collaboration and On-demand Learning. Worth while a read for all those who would want to have a look into how IBM is trying to put together both the traditional KM and the next wave of KM pumped up with all this social computing movement going on at the moment.

5. How Is Your Email Etiquette?: For the fourth week running (I am not sure if I would be able to keep up with it, if it continues like this), this particular weblog post makes it into the Top 5 most popular weblog posts from elsua – The Knowledge Management Blog. Quite intriguing to still see how it keeps coming up over and over again as a topic very much related to collaboration. I guess things haven’t changed that much after all and we are still prone to collaborate through e-mail. Sigh.

And that was it, folks. Next week I shall be back with some more, for sure, including something else that I have been able to get just recently from the ITtoolbox folks, and that is the fact that not long ago I have started receiving statistics on the top 10 most popular weblog posts per months from elsua – The Knowledge Management Blog, so during the course of next week I shall be providing you, once a month, some of that data as well so that you can check for some interesting readings and their commentary and starting this time around with October. Thus stay tuned !

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A Weekly Glimpse of elsua – The Knowledge Management Blog – Week 45

During the course of this week, and due to vacation and the usual catchup with things, I actually didn’t get much of a chance to share the weekly weblog post of the most popular weblog entries from my other Internet weblog over at ITtoolbox: elsua – The Knowledge Management Blog. So I thought I may as well do it today, since we are at the end of another week. I must say that while looking into those stats I actually had some very interesting surprises, specially because apparently two of the most popular weblog entries have been from two of my favourite knowledge tools available out there: Vyew and Newzie. You may want to take a look into them if you are looking for that killer e-meeting tool and RSS / Atom feed client, respectively.

Thus without any further delay here you have got a quick summary of the most popular weblog posts over at elsua – The Knowledge Management Blog from last week. As usual, feel free to chime in and share your thoughts rather over here in this weblog post or at the original weblog entries, if you would want to add your two cents worth of commentary 🙂

1.Vyew 2.0 – Free Web Collaboration: Here is a quick weblog post that shows you my favourite top three features from the recently upgraded Vyew 2.0. Perhaps one of the most powerful online and real-time collaboration tools out there for us all to make use of it free of charge. Yes, that is right, free of charge for everyone! Find out why Vyew 2.0 is just so much more than just an e-meeting tool.

2. Social Sites Becoming Too Much of a Good Thing – Part Deux: Here is a follow up from last Friday’s weblog post on social networking fatigue that comes to discuss some of the different results coming through from a Lifehacker Reader Poll where they has been some interesting outcome that comes to agree pretty closely with what I have mentioned last Friday. It is all about focus and balance and here are some more thoughts around the whole discussion.

3. What Are Online RSS Feeds? By Seth Sutel: In this particular weblog post I have tried to capture the essence from a recent news article by Seth Sutel that tries to uncover, and very successfully, in my opinion, most of the main myths behind the social software concept of RSS feeds and how they are not as difficult to digest as what most people think. Because, after all, RSS feeds are all about this motto: "You’ll just be subscribing to what you want, where you want, and when you want it".

4. Newzie – Finding Your Near-Perfect RSS Feed Client: In the following weblog post I have tried to detail what are two of the most powerful RSS feed reader clients I have been exposed in the last few months as a way to actually introduce the latest release made a few days ago about one of them, which has now become one of my two favourites and for a number of reasons. That RSS feed client is Newzie and here is a small review of why you may want to look into it yourself. Yes, not to worry, it is also freeware.

5. How Is Your Email Etiquette?: For the third week on a row, this particular weblog post seems to have been rather popular, once more. This time around, perhaps with not so many reads, but definitely still one of the most read and it is actually funny because all along I have been advocating for how e-mail may not well be one of the best collaborative tools out there, despite what some other folks may be saying, and still it looks like it keeps coming up ! Go figure 😉

And that was it. Next week I shall be sharing again another weblog post along these same lines but for week 46, and now that I am all done up with my RSS feeds catchup my regular weblogging in both Internet weblogs would resume as usual and, like always, touching base on some really good conversations that have been going on while I was away. Thus stay tuned for some more to come !

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A Weekly Glimpse of elsua – The Knowledge Management Blog – Week 44

As you may have noticed, yesterday I didn’t get a chance to post anything here, in elsua, as things were a bit hectic everywhere and some of that stuff needed my immediate attention. But now that is over here I am, once again, sharing with you that weekly weblog post where I try to put together some of the most popular discussions that have been taking place over at my other Internet weblog: elsua – The Knowledge Management Blog. It looks like last week’s discussions were more popular and significant around the subject of social software and how it is actually impacting the enterprise in its adoption. So you would be able to find out some interesting new facts about how Web 2.0 is entering the corporate world along with some other productivity tools that I have become very fond of and which I am hoping you would be able to check out for yourself further a bit, if you are also looking for some advice in that area.

So with all that said, here you have got the Top 5 most popular weblog post from elsua – The Knowledge Management Blog over the course of last week. Hope you enjoy them just as much as I did putting them together:

1. Importance of Empowering Your People through Trust and Social Software: While I was browsing through my daily ITtoolbox RSS feeds I have actually bumped into a fantastic weblog post put together by Larry Cone that touches base on how you, as a manager, can get the most out of your knowledge workers by simply empowering them to do what they need to do with just some little help: your trust. Check out Importance of Empowering Your People where you would be able to read some interesting insights as to what top management should be and how it should distance itself more and more from that traditional mentality of command-and-control that was not going anywhere. At least, not where the business and the knowledge workers would be getting the most benefits from.

2. Newzie – Finding Your Near-Perfect RSS Feed Client In the following weblog post I have tried to detail what are two of the most powerful RSS feed reader clients I have been exposed in the last few months as a way to actually introduce the latest release made a few days ago about one of them, which has now become one of my two favourites and for a number of reasons. That RSS feed client is Newzie and here is a small review of why you may want to look into it yourself. Yes, not to worry, it is also freeware.

3. How Is Your Email Etiquette?: It looks like this particular weblog post seems to have been rather popular as well last week, just as much as the previous week. Somehow it looks like e-mail still pulls its act together as the most preferred collaboration tool (If you can say that) and knowledge workers definitely want to know how to get the most out of it !

4. KMWorld and Intranets 2006: October 31st – November 2nd – California: Got anything to do from October 31st to November the 2nd? Are you going to miss out on the Knowledge Management event of events? Want to have a sneak preview of what such an incredible event is going to be like? Then look no further. This weblog post will provide you with some details around the "KMWorld and Intranets 2006" event, taking place this year in San Jose, California. The KM event of events! Find out why…

5. Web 2.0 for the Rest of Us – Another Directory of Wonderful Things: Here is another weblog post where I get to comment on another Web 2.0 directory of useful social software applications that folks can go and check out. In the past I have talked several times about different options available out there and this one, GO2WEB20, is just another one worth while having a look and investigating further. Why not? After all don’t we all making lists of everything ?

Well, that was it again, folks. As you may have noticed once of the things that I have been doing with this type of weblog posts is to basically grab the syndicated summary of the weblog posts and added them as a short description of what the weblog entries are all about and those where the article may be about a subject we may have seen in previous weeks I would just a short commentary about it indicating my thoughts on the actual post a week later. Hopefully, you would be able to find those entries just as interesting as I have. And if you would want to dive into the conversations feel free to do so over here or rather over at elsua – The Knowledge Management Blog. Both ways would work for me. Till next week! And time now for the next weblog post…

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A Weekly Glimpse of elsua – The Knowledge Management Blog – Week 43

Here we go again. Another week gone by and ready to share with you folks some of the most popular conversations that I have been having over at elsua – The Knowledge Management Blog in the course of last week. As you would be able to see from the links and descriptions below there seems to be still an additional interest in collaboration and new emerging technologies to help out on that same aspects of knowledge sharing and working with others. So without any further delay, here you have got the links to the Top 5 most popular weblog posts from last week in elsua – The Knowledge Management Blog:

1. How Is Your Email Etiquette?: Here are some thoughts on a recent weblog article I bumped into around the subject of e-mail etiquette and how some of the different questions shared in that resource actually reflect some of my own experience with e-mail etiquette. Yes, it is a tough world out there, but there are always good things / tips you can follow and here are my two cents worth of comments on the subject

2.  Why People Don’t Collaborate: Here is a weblog post that tries to elaborate some more on the thought as to why knowledge workers may not be collaborating as much and as often as you would have expected within the enterprise. There are certainly a number of different issues put together by S. Ann Earon, from Collaboration Loop, and this is my take on what could be done to fix them. At least, what would be one good approach to try and see how it would develop further

3. 5 Reasons Why RSS Feeds Are not Popular – Avoiding Comparing Pears with Apples: It looks like this particular weblog post still keeps coming up for the second week running and to me it is just a clear indication that shows how much people are interested in the subject of web syndication and why, despite the initial hurdles, RSS feeds are, indeed, here to stay, no matter what other folks would think / say. Good stuff!

4. Introducing Collaboration Technologies to the Enterprise Is a Challenge and How a Critical Mass of Early Adopters Can Help: This is a weblog post where I shared some of my experiences on the adoption of social software within the enterprise and how there are a number of different techniques to make it easier on everyone to start making use of those different tools. And a good step towards getting things going is through the usage of a critical mass of early adopters, amongst tips.

5. Networking Is a Process … Take Your Time: Whoever thought that social networking was all about instant gratification and immediate "rewards" should probably have a look and read further from this weblog post that references another one with the title "Networking is a process … take your time" by Tara Alexandra Kachaturoff. It certainly takes a whole lot more effort, involvement and commitment to be able to engage successfully with social networks. And here is why…

And that was it, folks, for this week. Next week I shall bring over here some further thoughts that I have been putting together over at elsua – The Knowledge Management Blog in different weblog posts and that the audience over there, which I happen to know is substantially different to the group of folks who get to read from elsua.net, have been finding them an interesting and engaging read. Hope you enjoy them, too.

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