Apologies for the blogging hiatus, but I've been busy, busy. What have I been upto? Well, for one, discovering that dipping into the stream of comments in Twitter leads to lots of interesting conversations, plus links to add to my Dogear bookmarks. Apart from that I've been head down in day to day work ranging from Connections to Expeditor. Oh, and dropped in at the recent Web2.0 Expo in Berlin a few weeks ago!
But the main point of this post is to point you at the blog of my colleague, the one, the only - Luis Benitez, over at 'Socialize Me'. I'll forgive him for the US English spelling there, sure there's some song about tomatoes and potatoes... ;-) Or perhaps something about Zed versus Zee? (In case you haven't guessed I'm from the UK...)
Luis has an excellent run-down here on the Connections sessions lined up at this year's Lotusphere conference. For the uninitiated, it's THE annual Lotus conference, run by IBM and lives in DisneyWorld - Florida. I was lucky enough to get there this year, although January does seem like an awfully long time ago. Without disparaging other conferences, the challenge for me (& others I compared notes with) is not finding a session I can get worked up enough to visit - but planning sessions well enough so I can dash between them with enough time to attend everything I want.
Should I make it to Lotusphere2009, will do my best to attend ID304 - What's Next with Lotus Connections, Suzanne is an excellent presenter and gave a great account of herself at this year's Enterprise2.0 conference.
What's the social software connection? Well, I happened to bump into - sometimes hard to do when there are around 7 or 8,000 other attendees around you! - another Luis. (I'm 3rd on the left, thanks to Flickr)
This Luis, is someone I mentioned in my first KSP blog post. Actually, the more I delve into social software, and networking, the more links and common ground I naturally find. Twitter is a great example of that for me, as I've recently started to expand my list of followers and friends, with more and more people 'de-cloaking', as one of my colleagues puts it, who I've either met or actually interacted with.
Anyway, back to the day-job. Will promise to check in again soon :-)
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I was introduced to an excellent series of 'educational' videos on Web2.0 concepts, by a group called Commoncraft, some time ago. For me, the beauty of these videos is that they aren't vendor, or product specific, and so can give a good overview to the actual concepts. All too often, those of us who have been around this area for a while can make dangerous assumptions that everyone is familiar with these concepts - and this can lead to colleagues feeling left behind. After all, how easy is it for us (myself included) to stand up and ask for an explanation of concepts your peers may assume are 'common knowledge'?
If you haven't already heard of Commoncraft, and their excellent line of introductory 'Web2.0' videos, I'd definitely recommend you go through their various offerings such as their simple, smart and effective overviews of technologies - and concepts - such as Twitter.
See their Twitter video here.
Commoncraft also have excellent (non-product based) videos to introduce people to concepts such as:
Their use of the term 'plain-english' is not to be confused with the 'Campaign for Plain English' organisation in the UK. I was trained in this method of writing - and editing - oh, all of 14 and a half years ago. (I'd like to say that it feels like yesterday, but it really does feel like almost two decades ago!). For the uninitiated, the CFPE (they'd hate the acronym!), are all about improving clarity of writing and reducing the amount of
... gobbledygook, jargon and misleading public information
No bad thing, eh?