I have been following the goings on at Lotusphere with the usual envious interest of the non-attendee and once again I find myself deeply irritated by the prefix "Social" that is plugged onto things that really do not need "Social" added to them. However that is just me being grumpy and a general detestation for marketing hyperbole.
That aside I have been thinking of late of what I call the IEH (Information Event Horizon). Social networks only work when those in the networks feel obligated to participate within that network. This obligation generates the "gravity" drawing in the members of that network to spend time and resource making that network work. The more data that is fed in the greater the gravity it generates and this leads to more people joining the network and so on.
There comes a point where this exponential growth in "obligation gravity" is so great that the people in the network pass the IEH and the time taken for the participants to consume the data exceeds the time available for the worker(s) to adequately process it. Recently the IEH has shifted backwards somewhat by the enabling mobile connections to the networks so that the user can now participate in the data longer and enable the network to stay on the good side of the IEH. Which to a certain extent is what I am seeing in the announcements at LS12. We are enabling better ways to get at the data we are asked to participate in. I have the gravest reservation that all that is happening is a postponement of the inevitable descent into the chaos of the data black hole.
This is not to say Social Software (Euuuu hate that term) is a bad thing, it isn't. IBM Connections, Domino, Quickr, Sharepoint and ... dare I say it .. the Google tool set etc etc all have great worth to the enterprise and they are all maturing into tool sets that should enable disparate people in business to communicate in an effective and efficient manner.
So what's to be done to prevent the IEH being passed in our own organisations? I don't think there is a software fix for this, it all boils down to the aforementioned social obligation the users feel when presented with information that is passed to them. Therefore I think we have to look very closely at why we form business social networks and the way we use them to best advantage.
There are significant challenges in that last sentence, do we :
(a) know what an efficient professional social network is?
(b) know how best to form that network?
(c) know what metrics to use to measure the worth of that network?
(d) know what tools we need to enable maximum benefit
I don't think that we are meeting these challenges particularly well. We have great software to enable us to interact socially but do we have the expertise and knowledge to manage them?
I do not know so I will leave that question hanging for now ...
OK who turned out the lights and where is the tuna?
Thu, Sep 5th 2013 2:09p Steve McDonagh ... and here I sit for the first time in 3 days alone with my thoughts outside Brighton railway station in glorious Autumn sunshine. ICON13 is over and real life drifts around me in ill advised shorts, double entendre tee-shirts and the occasional "kiss me quick" hat. Sitting on the low wall it occurs to me that I have been told by many people that we are afforded moments of clarity when all become clear and this wibbly wobbly continuum we call home makes perfect sense - sadly this is most def [read] Keywords: admin
All change has at it's heart a moment of melancholy
Tue, Aug 27th 2013 5:22a Steve McDonagh .... and today more than most. For Warren Elsmore announced that ICON formerly known as UKLUGi s bowing out after 8 years of state of the art conferencing. The world it seems changes, moves on and re-aligns it's priorities in new and interesting ways yet these changes are always tinged with a moistness of eye and a faint longing to be returned to "the good old days" a moment of Kleenex requirement if you will.
I am honoured to have helped with UKLUG and ILUG in a small way for several y [read] Keywords: ilug
Who can say where the road goes, where the day goes? Only time....
Tue, Jan 29th 2013 11:41a Steve McDonagh Although I am not over in Orlando at Connect 13 this year the distance from my friends is all the more difficult with the news that one of the "Geek Bikers" , Kenneth Kjarbye from Denmark, had an fatal accident on the Annual Hog ride.
Stuck in Ireland I have only my words to reach out to Kenneth's family and my friends who are at this time in a dark place they were not expecting to be not even in their worst nightmares .. but there are no words I can think of that really do help, there ar [read] Keywords: community
Offical start of the Domino Charity Marathon Dander For Cash 2013
Wed, Jan 2nd 2013 5:28p Steve McDonagh The Dander Route
A while back I mentioned that there would be a reprise of the Domino Dander for Cash this coming year. It takes me great pleasure to announce that this year's Dander will be longer bigger and more challenging than the two that have preceeded it. As of today it is offical, a spreadsheet has been created and accomodation is being looked at and foot care product sales have gone through the roof in certain places around the UK and USA
When I say "we" these are the brave [read] Keywords: domino
Interesting thing coming in ECMAScript 6
I try were possible to keep up to speed with what's about to come along and it was with this in mind I I was casting my eye over Juriy Zaytsev's EMCAScript 6 compatibility chart and I started to notice green's appear. Some of the current or beta versions of the browsers are [read] Keywords: ibm
The new CSS3 @supports() rule is really rather cool!
Fri, Nov 23rd 2012 5:42a Steve McDonagh As all devs know , browsers can in varying degrees be a right royal pain in the arse when it comes to standards compliance and when you throw in companies like Never Upgrade a PC Till It Breaks Inc. who are still running XP with IE6, planning your super duper new web site to support them can be fraught with problems.
Most of us are used to the idea of designing a UI that degrades into a DBA-UX (Different But Acceptable User Experience) to do this we have to be able to work out exactly the su [read] Keywords: blogger
Useful i5/OS tip - Displaying Locks on an IFS Object
Thu, Nov 22nd 2012 6:59a Steve McDonagh I was plagued this week by an odd problem on one of our i5 boxes. I was trying to use the CPYFRMIMPF & CPYTOIMPF to pull in data from a new Japanese division that uses nothing but Japanese characters in their data. This of course means UTF-8 / Unicode data, which can be a bit of a pain to set up in a DB2/i5 data table (particularly if someone forgets to make fields something other than CCSID 65535!) Anyway.... I could get data off the system using the CPYTOIMPF into the IFS no problem at a [read] Keywords: blogger
Domino Dander for Dosh 2013
Thu, Nov 15th 2012 11:31a Steve McDonagh Gentle readers some non-techie news!
The bold Eileen Fitzgerald and myself are planning a Dander For Dosh in May next year.
Eileen and were joined by the indefatigable Carl Tyler for 2012's walk along the coast between Bray and Wicklow in Ireland. We didn't pester the life out of you because we didn't get the giving organized in time for the actual walk. This year we will get our act in gear and start demanding money with menaces in January - You have been warned!
Conscious of the f [read] Keywords: domino