Now that I have spent a whole 2 days on Google+ I am still learning about it. But what is interesting to me is the sense of hive.
Google gets the hive mentality. Call it social, collaboration, whatever, but Google gets it, and can do it, because Facebook is really one uni dimensional. Sure everything inside Facebook may feed it, but that is never how (I feel when I use it. I feel like it was cobbled together.
Google+, or G+ as some call it, still does not have somethings needed, like RSS feeds or ways to suck in blog posts, but it does an excellent job of finding all your "stuff" and making it easily accessible. And downloadable. yes you can download your posted items, to a point. But it is possible. Something Facebook is fighting now.
The thing you may hear so much about is the Circles. Dante is probably ecstaticly happy. Circles allow you to quickly follow just your family, friends, work, or whoever you add to a Circle...without the clutter of everyone/everything else. yes there is the river flowing of streams but the ability to break it up into tributaries that you control is probably the number one reason people are loving G+. I know for me this is a great reason to use it. I rarely use Facebook, even though I only have friends there, but really I don't care about your politics people.
What is also interesting is you can search for someone and add them, nothing about how do I know this person or what's their email(sorry Linkedin), just, yes I want to follow them. Very Twitter like. and it works well because how else would I or you get to interact with various Entrepreneurs or thought leaders otherwise?
Will G+ kill Twitter? Perhaps in time. But for now, Facebook serves a few purposes, mostly around calendar, meetings and events for me. But little else. Ok, the Birthday thing is nice too.
So will Facebook fight back? Will Twitter or Linkedin? Will they embrace and extend rather than fight and exclude? Let's check in after 90 days and see shall we?
Took Vacation, Came back an IBM Champion
Mon, Dec 9th 2013 7:20a Keith Brooks IBM has announced the new Champions for ICS and I am honored to be named, for the second time in a row, as an IBM Champion for 2014. While on vacation with a cell phone that only makes and receive calls and no laptop, just an iPad. I was really only logging on in the morning and evening and Israel is 7 hours ahead of Eastern time. When i got back Thursday night my streams were filled with the news. Very happy to hear my old friend from Lotus days, Oliver Heinz, will be handling us this year. [read] Keywords: ibm
The Social Zombie
Thu, Oct 31st 2013 7:40a Keith Brooks I was working in the lab late one night, when my eyes beheld an eerie site, a new social site popped up asking me to join them.
What crazy thing is this I thought? Join us it said. Join them? There must be social sites I bet even for vampires, werewolves and zombies. (Yes they are real sites, may not be safe at work for obvious reasons.)
Social sites? Don't they know people have work to do? Talk to your buddies after work or on the weekends.
It was then I heard a knock on the lab door [read] Keywords: google
Update to IBM Notes 9.0.1 in 20 minutes
Tue, Oct 29th 2013 11:30a Keith Brooks This was for all 3 clients, Notes, Admin and Developer.
Fast or slow? Convenient or difficult?
You make the call, but if you jump at the chance to update your Apple devices the second a release comes out, you should do the same for Notes, Domino and Traveler.
After all, what is more important? Games and apps or your living and breathing inbox/sidebar/portal/streams?
And don't forget there is also a new version of SwiftFile to make life that little bit easier to get to inbox near zero. [read] Keywords: admin
IBM Sametime 9 Installation Spreadsheet
Wed, Oct 23rd 2013 1:50p Keith Brooks Better late than never, I have posted here a spreadsheet for installation of Sametime 9, similar to my IBM Connections 4.5 installation spreadsheet.
I took this IBM Sametime Wiki page provided and broke it down by topics (WAS, DB2, MUX, Media Manager, etc).
For those that need, that is, should be, documenting your installation details, hopefully this helps make your life easier.
You can download my spreadsheet from the link below:
Sametime 9 Installation Spreadsheet for Documentation
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Who Saw Your Slides? Part 2
Tue, Oct 15th 2013 12:00p Keith Brooks The 2nd part of my "Who aw your slides?" post is live at the IBM Social business Insights Blog.
you give a presentation at a conference, do you remember to post and
share your slides with those who didn’t attend? Besides posting through
the organization that ran the conference, you can also publish your
presentation on your blog or at SlideShare, which can both feed to your Twitter and Facebook accounts. But in order to get shares, first you’ll need memorable slides!
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Who Saw Your Slides?
Mon, Oct 7th 2013 9:50a Keith Brooks As part of the IBM Redbook Thought Leaders, I had originally wrote this post for the IBM Social Business Insights blog. This is my first two part post there.
Who saw your slides? Four tips on getting more shares (Part 1)
Has this ever happened to you? You spend weeks working on your presentation for the big conference and when your day arrives you get into presenter mode, show up early to your appointed room and prepare to take the stage. You think to yourself, this is going to be a great se [read] Keywords: ibm
Want Tabasco with that Bruce?
Wed, Oct 2nd 2013 10:10a Keith Brooks Many years ago on a Lotusphere exhibition hall floor at a pedestal for OpenNTF or TheView, I met this crazy guy who gave me a mini bottle of Tabasco and told me he had the special sauce.
He was right, I just had no idea who he was at the time.
Little did I know just how busy Bruce Elgort was then and always is.
We spoke different languages, I speak Adminese and he spoke Developese but we shared at least one thing in common, our love of Notes and Domino and the experience our employees [read] Keywords: domino