Facebook as intranet – healthy hype

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Bill Ives at FastForward blog writes about how the software company Serena has adopted Facebook as its corporate intranet.

They’re using it to take their 800 global employees through a big change programme. They’ve created a few custom apps that staff can use in their private network on Facebook. Apparently it’s boosted staff morale.

This is good news. Not because Facebook is the answer, but because it’s getting people thinking about the possibilities of intranets and moving the conversation on.

Much research has been done and the number one thing people want their intranet to help them with is finding other people.

What better way to help people find each other and the answers to their questions than by focusing the intranet – or rather the digital workspace – around people.

This very much fits in with my model which I call the DNA of the digital workspace – more on this soon – which places people at the centre of getting our work done.

Oxford Internet Survey 2007

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I went to the launch of the Oxford Internet Survey last week at the House of Commons and haven’t had a chance to write it up.

Thankfully BBC News has picked up on the main points on its website.

A couple of things really stood out for me…

  • 5% of people in the UK who have used the internet have stopped using it
  • Entertainment usage has levelled off since 2005
  • More people in the UK trust television than the ineternet and newspapers

Linkbook and FacedIn

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A friend recently told me they hadn’t used LinkedIn since discovering Facebook, which I found interesting.

I think they are very different animals, each with their own set of services – a few of which overlap.

Not all my “connections” on LinkedIn are “friends” on Facebook and vice versa. It makes a good Venn diagram though!

[And yes yes I did once said I’d remain “LinkedOut” :)]


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A myspace page for the British Humanist Association

Happy Humans is the Myspace page for The British Humanist Association (BHA). The name springs from our logo, which is a funkier version of the international logo – some people say it is dancing or exercising but you can make your own mind up about that!

We represent the interests of the growing population of ethically concerned but non-religious people in the UK. Committed to human rights, democracy, equality and mutual respect, we work for an open and inclusive society with freedom of belief and speech, and for an end to the privileged position of religion in law, education, broadcasting or wherever else it occurs.

Happy Birthday Alan Johnston

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Alan Johnston banner

BBC correspondent Alan Johnston disappeared on his way home from his Gaza City office on 12 March. He is feared kidnapped in the lawless territory, where he is thought to have been the only international correspondent still working. Intensive efforts have been made to secure his release.

What’s in a name?

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A gem from the East Dulwich Forum

A friend once met an American called Randy who complained about “you Brits always sniggering at my name”, stifling his own giggles my friend politely reassured him though it had certain connotations in the UK, Randy was a fine name and that not all British people were that juvenile.
The American thanked him but said it happens every time he meets a Brit, they always fall about laughing “all I have to say is “Hi I’m Randy Bender””

Great to be a Dane

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Adrian White from the University of Leicester in the UK used the responses of 80,000 people worldwide to map out subjective wellbeing.

Denmark came top, followed closely by Switzerland and Austria. The UK ranked 41st. Zimbabwe and Burundi came bottom.

A nation’s level of happiness was most closely associated with health levels.

Wealth and education were the next strongest determinants of national happiness.

[Source: BBC News]