The many Ning failures: Knowledge sharing in professional circles

21-07-2010 – Filed under knowledge-managementinformal-exchangelearningsocial-network

For years, I have heard that the web is becoming a platform, where one can easily use a website as a tool box.  Community sites installed just with a few clicks and knowledge sharing communities are on their way. But as in most cases, there is always a hard point,…

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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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Cairo, Johannesburg, Mumbai - 24 hrs Google Buzz and location-based information pops up everywhere

10-02-2010 – Filed under activismICT4Dinformation-flowlocation-based-servicemappingsocial-network

In this blog post, I will dive into the latest buzz: Google Buzz. Google Buzz is a huge jump in location-based services as it happens all around the world at once. I have browsed through the map of Google Buzz’ mobile phone version, where statuses can be combined with your…

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When do we trust an information source?

08-01-2010 – Filed under knowledge managementevaluationinformationresearchsearchsocial-networktrust

Information research is performed in many different ways throughout the Internet. Once an information is found, the assessment of its relevance and trustiness happens through objective criteria and on the premise of subjective factors. What are such criteria and factors?  And how are they changing in a growing social connected…

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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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Culture of social networks in Africa on the example of trade

01-12-2009 – Filed under ICT4Dafricabusinessmarket-informationmobilesocial-networkvalue-chainweb2fordev

There are over one billion Internet users worldwide according to a list from Wikipedia. Every day thousand of people joining social networks such as Facebook. How can these social networks be used to boost business? Are there differences between countries or regions how such social networks work? Mark Davies from Esoko, explains…

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Network overload: The burden to deal with too many social network sites

15-10-2009 – Filed under knowledge-managementfilterinformation-overloadsocial-bookmarkingsocial-network

Next to information overload, probably comes network overload. Each day a new social network website appears. Another temptation for information and exchange, and again: new registration, same profile and more information to lock up. But with every new social network come along the questions: What about the filters? How do…

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Social networks for a good cause – growth, culture and impact

20-07-2009 – Filed under activismcausecollaborationdevelopment-2.0social-changesocial-networkweb2fordev

Imagine if people were using social network sites such as Facebook not only for leisure, but to contribute to a good cause.  If engagement would go beyond Slacktivism to be part of a cause, and millions of people were contributing to a common for worldwide development work. Why doesn’t it…

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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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Future trends of mobile activism

15-12-2008 – Filed under activismICT4Dafricakenyamobileparticipationsmssocial-networksoftware

The simplest and most powerful form of mobile activism in the future will probably still be ordinary communication. However, in all fields of activism such as advocacy, awareness, research and protest, the mobile phone can be a strategic tool for communication, collaboration, coordination and collective action. In this regard we…

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Reach your audience – don't talk about Web 2.0 or social media

05-12-2008 – Filed under knowledge-managementblogginginspirationpersonal-knowledge-managamentsharingsocial-bookmarkingsocial-networksocial-softwaretagging

Is it enough to present to an audience the many opportunities of the web and the “amazing” variety of web tools existing nowadays? From my previous presentation experiences throughout this year, I can say I doubt it. Surely you can catch the attention or curiosity of some of your audience,…

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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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Mobile everything: 3 new dimensions of citizen engagement

28-04-2008 – Filed under activismICT4Dcitizen-journalismmobilesocial-networktwitter

Blogs have started a little revolution – nowadays everyone with Internet access can publish content on the web. Citizens can articulate their perspective and exchange it within a network of blogs. The mobile phone, with its improved access to the web, gives new means for citizen engagement because one can…

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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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When is the collaborative mobile web coming?

12-02-2008 – Filed under ICT4Dcollaborationlearningmobilersssocial-network

In Phnom Penh, as everywhere else, the mobile phone is a must have accessory for the youth, and when they get together, they enjoy bluetoothing; or so Thomas Wanhoff told me during my stay in Cambodia. This basically means that they share ringtones, images, videos and games through their mobile phones. The other…

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When will we be freed from the intranet?

09-01-2008 – Filed under knowledge-managementcultureintranetlearningnetworksocial-network

From a knowledge management perspective Intranets are vital but so far inefficient. On one side, it is the only place where organizational information can be decentralized access 24/7. On the other side, the web behind the firewall is mostly top-down driven and hierarchical structured. The results are that only a…

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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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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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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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The web comes closer - the magic of tag clouds

04-10-2007 – Filed under knowledge-managementnetworksocial-bookmarkingsocial-networktagging

As you might have already noticed, I am a pretty big fan of tagging. I think tagging is often underestimated because it is trivial, but at the same time intuitive and meaningful. A tag cloud (or weighted list in visual design) is a visual depiction of content tags (keywords) used…

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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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Connect lessons learnt through tagging

25-07-2007 – Filed under knowledge-managementcommunity-of-practicelearningsharingsocial-networktagging

Yesterday, I read a blog post about “How do you convince people to share failures?” and I also heard about an interesting lessons learnt website project which was implemented some years ago. In that project station masters were asked to give regular information about their stations such as statistics. Secondly…

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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 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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The open source approach for organizations

09-07-2007 – Filed under knowledge managementcivil-societylearningopen-sourcesocial-network

I just finished reading Allison Fine’s book “Momentum igniting social change in the Connected Age.” I really liked it because it explains in detail how we should reconsider cooperation and external communication in an organizational context. Fine speaks mainly of civil society such as activist organizations but I think her…

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How can Web2.0 contribute to development?

08-06-2007 – Filed under ICT4Dcollaborationsharingsocial-networkweb2fordev

I am part of the organization team for the web2fordev conference in Rome, this coming September, and therefore I am excited to anounce our new blog here too. Dear friends, colleagues, bloggers and readers, Here are a few questions for you. How can Web2.0 contribute to development? What are your…

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Do new web applications benefit the poor?

04-06-2007 – Filed under ICT4Dafricabloggingcomputerconnectivityopen-sourcesharingsocial-networkweb2fordevwiki

I was curious when an article titled Web 2.0 can benefit the world’s poor appeared on The authors Waleed al-Shobakky and Jack Imsdahl see in new web applications, such as Google docs, a great potential for developing countries. They write, “Web 2.0 can help these students create documents, track…

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Unconference - an online learning approach in real world

17-05-2007 – Filed under knowledge-managementcollaborationlearningsocial-networkunconferencewiki

Unconferences are spreading around the world and it proves that Internet communication behaviour, knowledge sharing approaches, and the open source philosophy transcend into real world. But what is unconference? Basically it is a get together of people who would like to exchange certain themes. Interested persons can join the two…

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Mobile phones for development

07-05-2007 – Filed under ICT4Dafricamobilemobilewebnetworksocial-network

A lot has been debated about the one laptop per child initiative, but less has been said about the use of mobile phones for development. Even though according to a DFID and vodafone study “the number of mobile users is growing twice as fast in developing countries as in developed…

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What I learnt about social bookmarking

06-05-2007 – Filed under knowledge-managementsocial-bookmarkingsocial-networktagging

I started using the social bookmarking service a year ago, without actually knowing if it was worth the effort. Although it took me quite a while to get behind its potential and I am still learning about it, I can now say I love For those of you…

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