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Reading list: algorithms and the evolution of journalism

Well, the time had to come. Five Safari windows, more than twenty tabs per window. Too much to keep. So, after a cull, here’s a collection of links on the evolving processes, business models and players of journalism. Among other things. Strictly algorithm: how news find people. Stuart Dredge at The Guardian pens a frankly excellent … Sigue leyendo

On the future of publishing and sundry other thoughts, mostly related

Llega un punto en la vida de un hombre en el que te encuentras con dos ventanas de Chrome permanentemente abiertas, y literalmente 37 pestañas sólo en la primera de ellas. Aparte de un ejemplo de estabilidad y buen uso de memoria por parte de la aplicación, significa que hay demasiadas cosas pendientes de bloguear. … Sigue leyendo

Motorola + Google = iPhone envy?

I just had the opportunity to pen a piece on the matter at Macuarium.com and couldn’t resist to comment on some of the issues involved: the business model angle is too interesting. Google alleges that the Motorola acquisition will allow it to defend Android against legal challenges based on intellectual property rights. This could be … Sigue leyendo

The reality of ebooks

This is a quote from USA today about this week’s launch of a fantasy blockbuster: «On Tuesday, sales of 170,000 hardcovers (26% of the 650,000 pre-publication printings); 110,000 e-books; and 18,000 audio books were reported sold.» As my IESE teachers say, you haven’t worked if you haven’t made your numbers, so go ahead :-). There … Sigue leyendo

Another Google+ post: identity management and business models

Ah, yes, it seems no «social IT» blog or media is complete without some comments of Google’s new social attempt. The latest of many: remember Buzz, or the (nice try) Open Social identity infrastructure, or the curiously forgotten previous full-fledged social networking initiative, Orkut. Just as Google forgot to champion it. But let’s get on … Sigue leyendo

Business models, project management, and growing communities of practice

Almost in-vitro CoPs. And I don’t mean CoPs for reproductive health :-). Not that it’d be a bad idea. But to the point. Recently I’ve had reason to give a lot of thought to CoP-fostering as a whole, and as a managed process. Picture this. You are an organization that is somewhat removed from the … Sigue leyendo

Viability of emergent organizations

Looking through old links, I’ve come across a couple of posts from Josien Kapma last June about the viability of emergent organizations (theory and means). They are worth a sedate read by anyone working in emergent «proto-organizations» such as online communities… especially when those communities start to sprout an ambition and a will to create … Sigue leyendo

LinkedIn, knowledge networks and a nice dinner

As you probably know (and has already probably been announced as scheduled) LinkedIn will be launching localised versions of its professional networking portal in several European countries. One of them is Spain. Kevin Eyres, their (Texan) manager for the continent, has been talking about it in Madrid these days with his (Mexican) marketing and PR … Sigue leyendo

Sunday tag surfing

Before I get down to serious work, here’s a look at the most interesting things caught in the morning’s browsing. WordPress’ tag surfing does add a bit of spice. The wisdom of clouds: John Millner doing a panegyric of social-tagging folksonomies. Not bad for a sales pitch. And he’s right (Socialtext’s shared tagging got me … Sigue leyendo

Talking Open Source with John Powell, Alfresco CEO

A word of warning: «talking Open Source» here means talking about the business model, the pros, the cons, the competitors, the parters and the developers, and even some parts of the roadmap, but not the code or the Alfresco application itself. At this week’s Alfresco Community Conference in Barcelona there was a lot of other … Sigue leyendo

Rethinking social networks (II): the community core

This is the continuation of an article on the nature of online social networking services and their likely evolution (the result of too much time spent analysing them and designing one). In the previous article, I was forward enough to propose a definition of them as: «permission-based mutual awareness and communication services. They allow us … Sigue leyendo

Corporate netizenship and the real world

Good corporate citizenship is a concept so established that some large companies even have someone to ensure they comply with their «corporate social responsibility», usually as a small but important part of their «corporate governance». In short, everyone tries to do the right thing in a way that does not hamper (much) the way they … Sigue leyendo

A blog reborn (and put on steroids)

No, I’m not talking about emekaeme :-). Sadly, the low-activity period does not look like ceasing soon. Way too busy. But on the meantime, one more of the goals of the period is taking shape. The blog iPhoniac.com (or iPhoniac Central, to give it its proper name) started life almost exactly a year ago, as … Sigue leyendo

Social networks and the new year

I just came across this fine piece at CIO.com. It gives an analyst’s opinion on the relevant trends in that space for 2008. More specifically, it talks about the business model and the «technology» for Facebook, MySpace and LinkedIn. While I broadly agree with the comments (Facebook needs to consolidate its game, MySpace needs an … Sigue leyendo

Outsource thyself

What happens when you develop new business competences through your side interests, competences that are not related to your employer’s range of services? Well, you either leave the company, or waste those competences… or convice your boss to widen that range of services a bit. In other words, if you happen to need a consultant … Sigue leyendo

Content co-creation: the relevance of the deal

You may have noticed that the Wikipedia, one of the most visible results of «content co-creation», is running  a fund raising campaign. What you may not be aware of are the reasons that make Wikipedia averse to using more conventional financing means such as advertising. They are explained here, complete with a brief mention of … Sigue leyendo

Using Open Source in a sensible business model

Even today, when so many companies and products are making their mark using Open Source as a fundamental part of their business models, I come across lots of people that find it incredible that this can happen or have a future. There is quite a lot of misunderstanding about the issue. Yesterday I remarked on … Sigue leyendo

MySpace’s take on networking

Here’s something I missed at the time (April 2007) and I only found today after several unscripted blog jumps. Courtesy of the Forrester domestic blogs, BTW. It’s a PDF paper that contains the analysis social networking giant MySpace did of the uses and value creation that people find in online networking tools and environments, and … Sigue leyendo

Roundup of blogs and ideas

Today’s Friday, and the reviews of the latest paper are taking their time (as well they should :-)) so I thought it’d be nice to go for a little browsing to pick ideas for the weeked. The results: Through Anedote’s blog, we find this multi-authored podcast with tips and ideas from David Maister, about «managing … Sigue leyendo

Vintage Bill Johnson on community building

Here he brings back to life a presentation from a couple of years ago. It’s worth a look for three reasons: Autodesk (the customer he was addressing, together with their manager) is an extensive community user, for partner relations and for customer support. One of the few that actually pays consultants to make sure they … Sigue leyendo