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The Reading List: May 22

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Apologies for the lack of posts this week: I've been at the O'Reilly Where 2.0 Conference learning more about the geo-spatial web. Lots of neat things coming out of the conference, and I'll be posting more about them in the days to come, promise. In the meantime...

Every Friday — well, Saturday this week — I'm going to try and post a selection of the links from our account so you can get a quick snapshot of what we're reading this week. Here goes:

  • Scribd and Google Infest the Modern Sewer
    Simon J R Holmes argues that book reading tools from Scribd and Google are eroding copyright.
  • How to break the corporate brick wall against social media
    Simple and concise advice on tactics on how to introduce social media. (via)
  • How Executives Should be Using Social Media
    Some great resources for executives trying to make sense of all the talk about social media, or for those that want to be able to talk to their executives about the importance of collaboration on the web. (via)
  • Second-wave adopters are coming. Are you prepared?
    The general theme is that in the near future we will see more companies starting Enterprise 2.0 projects to increase productivity, reduce cost, improve client relations. While we have seen some early success stories, companies will need to think hard about ways to attract second-wave adopters. (via)
  • Having vs using Enterprise 2.0 software
    Businesses (or vendors) who say “We have a wiki; we have a blog; we’re an Enterprise 2.0 company” remind me businesses in 1995 who said “We have a web page; we’re an internet company”. (via)
  • The brave new world of slacktivism
    “Slacktivism” is an apt term to describe the feel-good online activism that has zero political or social impact. It gives those who participate in “slacktivist” campaigns an illusion of having a meaningful impact on the world without demanding anything more than joining a Facebook group. (via)
  • Online social networking isn't for everyone
    "When we build these systems, we need to build them for everyone. Not just the coolest and most technophilic. We have to build for who our audience really is, not who we wish they would be."
  • My two-line social media policy
    In theory, this is wonderful. But when it comes to HR and protecting people's jobs, you need policy that's more robust that simply two lines.
  • apophenia: answers to questions from Twitter on teen practices
    danah boyd, a premier researcher on the use of social media by young people, shares answers to some of the questions she has been asked on Twitter.
  • The Wisdom of Community
    Derek Powazek talks about what an online (and offline?) community needs to have in order for it to be wise and productive.
  • What kind of open are you looking for?
    We talk a lot about organizations being "open" but do we ever question what we mean by open? Seth Godin breaks it down pretty nicely.


Have any links you want to share with us? Add them to your account and tag them for:extweb.


Submitted by Mark on
While I am wearied by anything that proposes to once more tell executives how to use Social Media, I really liked the term slacktivism, as it describies so much of the low/no impact keyboard thumping that goes on these days - nice one.

Thanks Mark. I discontinued posting the Reading List as I it wasn't getting the same kind of traction as our other posts. Do you feel like I need to keep doing it? Or is just visiting good enough?

Submitted by Mark on
Sameer Personlly I love lists like this and I have been going back over your posts to find new topics of interest, so my vote would be to continue. However, this web thing is a volume business (in a one to many sense) and maybe others are more used to using bookmarking etc for this type of thing.

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