A world of big (closed) data and its unused potential

29-05-2012 – Filed under communicationtechnologybig-dataopen-dataopenness

“Every two days now we create as much information as we did from the dawn of civilization up until 2003” said Eric Schmidt from Google in 2010. Behind most of this information there is Big Data. And although we Internet users contribute mostly to that vast data, we get little…

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Talking with the audience: Development organisations and social media

28-05-2010 – Filed under communicationICT4Dconversationlisteningvideoweb2fordev

In addition to my recent Twitter analysis, I wrote another article on development organizations and social media on the web2fordev blog, which I crosspost also here. Many organizations have approached the social web and new technologies from different angles during the last years. Large organisations have engaged in one or…

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Twitter analysis: Development organizations and their listening skills

27-04-2010 – Filed under communicationlisteningorganizationtwitterweb2fordev

Everybody wants to be on Twitter and development organizations are no exception. But what do they really want to gain from Twitter? Do they really want to use Twitter to interact through a two-way conversation with their audience? I was curious, so I did a small analysis. I have chosen…

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What makes people want to join an online community?

06-04-2010 – Filed under communicationcommunitymotivationparticipationsocial-network

I wonder what are the factors and incentives that drive people to join an online community, and why not? My work normally involves different communities or evolves around these, but it is often difficult to anticipate how a community develops. Some things work, others not at all. To get a community…

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A shift in information sharing: Faster, more intensive and direct

18-12-2009 – Filed under communicationknowledge-managementcollaborationsharingsocial-networktwitter

Something has changed. Information sharing isn’t what it used to be. We are in a middle of a network transformation as information sharing becomes faster, more intensive and more interconnected. In terms of collaboration and innovation, it is exciting, but in terms of speed, we might reach our limits. Twitter…

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Metrics for Social networks: What does really happen?

27-02-2009 – Filed under communicationknowledge-managementlearningmetricsnetworkroisocial-networkstatistics

If the social web and social media can make such a difference, then their impact should be measurable. Certainly, the question is: How much can or shall be measured? A gut feeling alone might not be enough, particularly when one needs to convince others to engage in social media. Nevertheless,…

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From A-Z to Organization2.0: C - Cafeteria — catching the informal

05-06-2008 – Filed under communicationknowledge-managementinnovationorganizationproductivitysocial-bookmarkingsocial-networktaggingwork

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z Let’s face it, when you deal with knowledge sharing in an organization, it becomes quickly obvious that most knowledge is shared personally, face-to-face over…

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A - Adaptation: From A-Z — the long trail of web2.0 in an organization

25-05-2008 – Filed under communicationknowledge-managementcultureorganizationsocial-mediawikiwork

Three years ago I started experimenting for the first time with web2.0 at my organization (GTZ). In Egypt, we implemented a blog to link different projects of GTZ. Since then, I have been taking part in several initiatives and joined many discussions with the IT, communication, knowledge management and other…

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Collaboration for change: Reflections on the Social Innovation Camp

16-04-2008 – Filed under activismcommunicationICT4Dcollaborationcreativitynonprofitsicamp08social-entrepreneursocial-networksocial-innovation

A bit late I write my feedback from the Social Innovation Camp (sicamp08), which luckily had the chance to join. I first heard about it from Dan McQuillan, who is one of the initiators and also has a great blog. It was a fascinating weekend with a real kind of…

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Impressions from Re-publica and Social Innovation Camp

14-04-2008 – Filed under activismcommunicationconferencee-democracyopen-sourceparticipationpoliticsprivacyrepublicasicamp08social-innovation

The German vs. the British websphere Well, a week after attending both, the Social Innovation Camp (sicamp08) and re-publica, I finally post my reflections on these events. It was great to visit these two events, listen to numerous interesting presentations at re-publica, and grasp the contagious spirit of social innovation…

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Tired of PPT: Start power point karaoke

12-03-2008 – Filed under communicationwork

**Background ** Bill Ives wrote a nice post about power point karaoke – a great way to relive us from boring presentations and to laugh about the mass phenomena of non stopping slides and too many buzz words. He writes, “This trend combines two of the most boring things around,…

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Organizations can be democratic, flat and passionate

09-03-2008 – Filed under communicationcreativitynonprofitorganizationproductivitywork

The web is full of thoughts and discussion around open, democratic and flat organizations. Most of this discussions and concepts are connected to web2.0, but that is not necessarily new, as Ricardo Semler proofs it in his book: The seven-day weekend. For more than twenty years, he has been experimenting…

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A network of ideas - development 2.0

01-02-2008 – Filed under communicationICT4Dcitizen-journalismculturedevelopmentnetworkopen-sourceopennesspoverty

[Published in the Internationale Politik magazine in December 2007.] How the participative Web 2.0 challenges development cooperation - and why this is a chance for development organizations  Adyaka, a village in the heart of Uganda, needs a new trade school. None of the 4,000 inhabitants have the necessary skills to…

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How Can Nonprofits Use Twitter? Should They Even Bother?

14-01-2008 – Filed under activismcommunicationcivil-societyhuman-rightsmobileNet2ThinkTanknonprofittwitter

This blog post is a contribution to the Net2ThinkTank from the netsquared community. It is great community of people discussing about non-profits and technology. I can highly recommend their podcasts. When I got from Britt Bravo an email to join the discussion about above topic I was more than happy…

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Widgets: Pimp your blog

06-01-2008 – Filed under communicationbloggingfeedwidget

This is a joint post together with Joitske Hulsebosch. 1. What is a widget? According to wikipedia a widget is a third party item that can be embedded in a web page. Widgets are, hence, little blocks of information which can be added to a blog, mostly in the sidebar….

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Not English, but a multilingual social web is the key for collaboration

17-12-2007 – Filed under communicationcollaborationcultureenvironmentlanguagesocial-networkweb2fordev

**The social web is quite separated in different language domains. English is a key language to bridge different cultures, but it can also be a dead end. Worldwide collaboration can only work in a multilingual network. ** English is one of the major languages on the net, whether it is…

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Changes in work life: Employee2.0

10-12-2007 – Filed under communicationknowledge-managementculturesocial-network

Leila Summa has given a great presentation called “Wanted: Employee2.0 - when technologies wait for their users.” She presented it in German but here I have translate some parts. (Complete presentation). It underlines again how fast this new forms of communication and opportunities evolve, how much faster organizations need to…

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Citizen journalism in Africa

06-12-2007 – Filed under communicationafricabloggingcitizen-journalismhuman-rightsmediamobile

Most countries are far away from reaching the level that Koreans have on citizen journalism, such is the case of the famous Ohmynews: “The Net and Netizens Watchdogging Government.” A pioneer of citizen journalism was certainly indymedia.org, which got famous during the WTO protest back in 1999 in Seattle. In…

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Pitfalls of micro blogging via Twitter

25-11-2007 – Filed under communicationbloggingnetworkprivacysharing

In my last post I described the potential for social networks by tweets and statuses, but now I would like to add to it some links of interesting blog posts about Twitter and its potential. There is, for example, Nancy White, collecting collaboration stories over Twitter. Another interesting post from…

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10 reasons why statuses and tweets are a key for social networks

19-11-2007 – Filed under communicationmobileopennesssharingsocial-network

For the past weeks I have been experimenting with Twitter and Facebook. I have checked out the value of statuses (Facebook) and tweets (Twitter) over these two social network tools. For those of you who do not know, Facebook is a social network platform which lets one not only to…

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The difficulty of saying good bye to top-down communication

15-11-2007 – Filed under communicationknowledge-managementopen-sourcepublic-relation

Last Tuesday I took part on a discussion round in Düsseldorf, Germany. It was about the changing of the communication of enterprises due to web2.0. Reflecting the evening, I find it quite interesting what it might have meant in terms of the new web and its potential users in Germany….

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What is the outcome of new social network tools?

05-11-2007 – Filed under communicationsocial-network

I am quite impressed about the success of Facebook. The intimacy aspect, the clear design and usability combined with all sorts of applications are probably some of the success factors. However, I wonder what is the aftermath of this social network, and how many different results come out of it?…

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From small to big engagement - big players are entering the web2fordev field

27-10-2007 – Filed under communicationbloggingdevelopmentmicrofinancepovertyweb2fordev

This week two interesting web2.0 projects for development were released. One is a new website from Ebay called MicroPlace, and the other is a new blog called ideas 4 development. Slowly, big players such as development organizations or companies use web2.0 technology to promote discussions around development or to bundle…

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3 different conversations: blogs to fight poverty

08-10-2007 – Filed under communicationbloggingdevelopmentnetworkpovertyweb2fordev

Thanks to Tom L. and Peter Ballantayne for their very interesting remarks on my post “an overview of blogging for development.” Peter argued that there are a lot different blogs in development aid or international cooperation out there and “must be loads more, just not very visible.” And Tom had…

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Few steps to a powerful social software application

08-09-2007 – Filed under communicationICT4Dfeedopen-sourcesharingsocial-networkweb2fordev

I have been dealing with different kinds of content management systems for some years now. What I find fascinating lately it is how applications became powerful and how easy they are to handle by non-experts. **Through these applications, creating social media and networking is possible for everybody. **Wikis and blogs…

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10 arguments for web2.0 in an organization

03-09-2007 – Filed under communicationknowledge-managementfeednetworkopennesssocial-bookmarkingsocial-networkwiki

It is not always easy to argue in favour of web2.0 tools when you are faced with these arguments: More information? My mailbox already drives me nuts! The content written by some people is often so irrelevant and just for entertainment. I spent already so much time online and now…

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Why to blog? What difference does blogging make?

26-08-2007 – Filed under communicationbloggingculturelearning

There are many different types of blogging. Rohit Bhargava shows us 25 different ones in his presentation, starting from insight over piggyback to bridge blogging. What fascinates me the most, it is the reasons why people blog. Throughout the last months bloggers tagged each other: Why Do You Blog? These…

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Open public relation - a contradiction?

23-08-2007 – Filed under communicationknowledge-managementcollaborationpublic-relationwiki

The authors of the book wikinomics left the last chapter open to be written by the interested community. This experiment worked very good and proved the authors main thesis: we are entering the era of mass collaboration. With great results, their experiment got extended. Now various authors write together on…

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Does Twitter make sense?

19-08-2007 – Filed under activismcommunicationafricamobilesharing

To begin with, I have to say, I am not a Twitter user. I have signed up for an account but have not used it at all. I, personally, prefer tools such as Skype. But still, I am willing to be convinced that it does bring an advantage for personal…

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Social webs in Africa

14-07-2007 – Filed under activismcommunicationICT4Dafricabloggingconnectivitymobilesocial-network

Today I was interviewed by the German radio station “Deutschland Radio Kultur.” The interview is now available as a podcast at blogspiel.de. The interview’s main topic was Social Webs in Africa, stressing general issues about connectivity in Africa and social web such as the blogosphere. Thanks to Sokari Ekine I…

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A learning story: My way to web2.0

26-06-2007 – Filed under communicationknowledge-managementbloggingfeedlearningnetworksharingsocial-bookmarkingtagging

Lost in the old web ) Throughout the last years I have had mixed emotions about the Internet. On one hand, I was amazed about people, news, themes etc., but on the other hand, I was not satisfied with the overwhelming load of information and the difficulty of obtaining it…

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What is enterprise2.0? Five pillars for efficient knowledge sharing

10-06-2007 – Filed under communicationknowledge-managementbloggingfeednetworksharingsocial-bookmarkingtaggingwiki

Imagine you can share your bookmarks with your colleagues, find your documents and emails quickly through tagging, write about your work experiences on your personal homepage (blog), and document all project team work in a wiki. The result is a revolutionary different way to share knowledge online within an organization….

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Sun blogging turns communication upside down

31-05-2007 – Filed under communicationknowledge-managementbloggingbusinesscivil-societycommunity-of-practice

Sun Microsystems’ blogging approach changes the company’s communication and knowledge management. In wikinomics I encountered Johan Schwartz, the CEO of Sun, with his unusual approach of not being him the only one blogging but also his colleagues, whom he encourages to blog publicly about their work and anything else they…

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