Business Tech Pros Wary About Web 2.0 Tools In Business
In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: Does Web 2.0 Add To Information Overload?
2. Today's Top Story
- Most Business Tech Pros Wary About Web 2.0 Tools In Business
- Nine Easy Web-Based Collaboration Tools
- Why We Like The 'Enterprise 2.0' Label
- Companies On Edge About Web Video
- The Big IT Vendors Promise Web 2.0 Capabilities
3. Breaking News
- Tech Vendors Look To Cash In On Google's New App Offering
- First Microsoft Office 2007 Vulnerability Uncovered
- Microsoft's List Of 800 Windows Vista-Compatible Apps Excludes IBM, Adobe
- Vigilante Hacker's Evidence Puts Judge Behind Bars
- Google Gets Hand In Trademark Dispute
- Mozilla Security Update Fixes 7 Vulnerabilities
- Imprisoned Blogger's Supporters Say Egypt No Place For U.N. Internet Talks
- Enterprise Applications Likely To Trip On Daylight-Saving Change Without Updates
- Now Introducing: Scott McNealy, Podcaster
- Too Tired To Clean Up? Try A Dishwasher-Safe Keyboard And Mouse
- Washington Man Pleads Guilty To Targeting Gamers With Trojan
- U.S. To Discuss Easing Tech Trade Curbs With India
4. The Latest Digital Life Blog Posts:
- 1983 Datsun Sports Car TV Commercial Features Apple's Steve Wozniak
- Smartphone Users Have Longer Workdays, Make More Money, And Want More Time Off
- How I'm Making Enemies In Second Life
- Using Second Life For Disaster-Preparedness Training
5. White Papers
- The Specter Of Spam: Free Your Business And Boost Your Bottom Line
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1. Editor's Note: Does Web 2.0 Add To Information Overload?
My efforts to adopt Web 2.0 collaboration tools within InformationWeek last year were thwarted by a very simple question. I suggested we move a lot of the administrative stuff for InformationWeek.com to the Basecamp project-management tool. But a colleague put up a roadblock by asking, "Mitch, wouldn't that be just another thing I have to remember to check?"
Great question. Since I didn't -- and don't -- have a good answer to that, we just left things alone.
I know that I'm already spread pretty thin by the communications channels I have to keep on top of. There's my work e-mail account, of course. My personal e-mail account. One hundred sixty-six RSS feeds. Three instant message accounts. My office phone, my cell phone, and my work phone. A whole mess of Yahoo Groups, Google Groups, and discussion forums. Two internal workplace blogs. Second Life instant messages.
I'm sure I'm forgetting something.
Oh, yeah: Snail mail -- I forgot to mention that.
How do I keep up? Consolidating helps, and prioritizing is essential. All three of my instant message accounts are accessible from a single client, Adium on the Mac, or, on Windows, Gaim. The Yahoo Groups and Google Groups all feed into my personal mail account, as do the Second Life instant messages when I'm not actually in SL. I've been slowly transitioning to GrandCentral, a service that provides a single phone number to ring work, home, cell, and other phones. I only keep up with three or four RSS feeds on a daily basis; the rest I read only occasionally.
But, still, I have a lot of communications channels to keep up with, and sometimes I miss stuff.
And it's only going to get worse. Recently, I'm finding that many of the people I need to contact for articles are on Skype. I really don't want to have to start using Skype regularly. I already have a perfectly good phone, and I don't need to add headphones to the clutter already overwhelming my desk.
Watch for a cover story in InformationWeek looking at Enterprise 2.0, how big business is adopting Web 2.0 collaboration tools such as blogs, wikis, and RSS. The story went live on this site early in the morning Saturday, and appears in print today.
For the Enterprise 2.0 strategy to work, it's essential that Web collaboration tools be used to streamline communications. If they just add another channel, they'll only make the communication and collaboration problem worse.
How do you use Web 2.0 collaboration tools? How do you keep up with all the communications channels in your work and personal life? Leave a message on the InformationWeek Blog and let us know. And don't forget to monitor the blog for replies to your message.
Nine Easy Web-Based Collaboration Tools
If e-mail attachments are your idea of advanced collaboration, these Web-based tools from vendors like Google and Zoho can help jump-start your workflow, without straining your budget or brain.
Google Gets Hand In Trademark Dispute
Previously critical of the search engine, the Electronic Frontier Foundation supports Google's argument that sponsored links do not constitute infringing uses of trademarks.
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Smartphone Users Have Longer Workdays, Make More Money, And Want More Time Off
According to new findings from researcher Digital Life America, smartphone users work longer and earn more money than those who don't use such devices. The study found that 19% of smartphone users work more than 50 hours a week and that their average household income is $94,000 a year, roughly 50% higher than the U.S. national average.
How I'm Making Enemies In Second Life
I've had two major interviews in Second Life go badly on me, and I'm still trying to figure out why. I handled them exactly as I do my real-life interviews, and I mostly don't have these problems in RL. It's apparent that the rules are different for SL interviews -- but how? And can the needs of RL and SL be reconciled, or should I brace myself for further conflict?
Using Second Life For Disaster-Preparedness Training
Play2train.org built a realistic simulation of a small town in Second Life, complete with detailed restaurants and a hospital. Then it blew the whole village up real good, as well as inflicting pestilence such as a smallpox epidemic, in order to help train emergency personnel in disaster preparedness. View a 16-minute video overview of the tabletop simulation below.
5. White Papers
The Specter Of Spam: Free Your Business And Boost Your Bottom Line
This MessageLabs White Paper summarizes current small-business spam threats, including disturbing trends you should be aware of and take seriously. It also underlines the advantages of an outsourced solution to messaging security and the bottom-line benefits for your business.
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