Archive for September, 2007

In Sydney

Keith September 18th, 2007

Here I am in Sydney once again.  I’m here to speak on Intranet 2.0: Which social media tools will work for your organisation? at Key Forums’ Intranets ‘07 conference tomorrow.  Should be a lot of fun!

There are a lot of people that I would like to be catching up with while I’m here, but I seem to have run out of time today.  Still, I have had some great meetings here today, and met some really interesting people.  Maybe next time!

The rise of Indian English

Keith September 17th, 2007

I am familiar with Singlish (Singaporean English – “I speak good Singlish, lah?”).  On my recent trip to KL I first heard about the Malaysian equivalent – Manglish.  But now, read about the rise of Indlish – Indian English.  Don’t do nuisance in public, now!

Small is the New Big

Keith September 12th, 2007

Just got a newsletter from Helen Paige of The Paige Group.  (We met at KM Australia recently.)  She included some great ideas from Seth Godin’s book. 

Godin advises us to “Relax.  Don’t work so hard.  Take a little time off.  Chill out!”  So how do we get everything done?  Godin says, “there’s no correlation between success and hours worked”.  He suggests:

  • Maybe the new economy does not favour the speed-to-market; first-mover-advantage, winner-takes-all mind set.
  • Maybe it’s time to re-evaluate this work ethic.
  • Maybe the current marathon work culture is nothing but an excuse to avoid making the hard decisions.
  • Maybe work expands to fill the time allotted for it.
  • Maybe understanding the key issues and making decisions about how to act on them can be the secret to success.

… which leads to these questions:

  • How would you rate your corporate work ethic?
  • How is your time-management?
  • How well do you understand the key issues your best clients are facing?

TrustVirus

Keith September 8th, 2007

Just received an email from a colleague at KMLF, asking me to join a new social networking site, called Quechup (which I am not going to link to). I looked at it, and thought, “Do I need another social networking site?” 

I’m glad I stopped to think.  I was already linked to this colleague on LinkedIn (which I do trust), and replied directly that I wasn’t sure that I needed another site, and received an apology by reply with the following info:

“There is a warning making the rounds about a ‘new’ ’social network’ called Quechup. Once one signs up, it accesses your address book and sends invitations to all those parties under your name. And there is word that one can’t cancel membership.”

This has been commented on in a number of recent blogs – just checking quickly finds similar warnings – and some related discussion – at Dwight Silverman’s TechBlog, TwistImage and Insights into Christopher S Penn.

This is problematic.  Social networking – and knowledge sharing – relies heavily on trust. Sites like this violate trust.  Should we now stop trusting?

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A picture paints 1k words

Keith September 5th, 2007

Here’s the latest thing – Imagini.  Discover your “Visual DNA” and “communicate with others in a totally different way.”

Looks interesting.  It seems to be basically a social networking thing, but based on visual cues instead of language.  Find out who is your nearest match.  Turns out my nearest match is only a 53% match – what does that tell me?

See my profile.

Help for Australian commuters?

Keith September 5th, 2007

“There’s no ‘I’ in carriage.”  Is Martin Merton good PR? This is all set up by Connex.  There’s even a MySpace page.

As useful as…

Keith September 4th, 2007

I read in a piece from Graeme Philipson about a forthcoming debate from Slattery IT titled Blogging is as Useful as Talkback Radio.  Sounds like a fun event!  As Graeme commented, it “…makes you ask yourself just how useful talkback radio is.”

I would posit that there is (or should be) a major difference.  Talkback radio is a broadcast medium – a few stations (and probably fewer political opinions) cover a complete audience, and often a geographically limited audience.  Bloggers, however, cover a very wide spectrum of views and opinions, each with their own potential audience, and each audience is potentially global.
 
Graeme also comments on some figures from Ross Dawson that show that we in Australia are punching well below our weight in blogging.  Apparently, “of the top 25,000 blogs globally, around 9,000 are in English, but only 75 of those originate in Australia.”  Comparing this with our share of the English-speaking population, we are under-represented “by a factor of six or so.”

Why are we not blogging more?  Is it because we don’t have the bandwidth, or because we are all outside kicking a football or wrestling crocodiles?  I would suggest that maybe we just can’t be bothered…

Romp around Melbourne

Keith September 3rd, 2007

And now for something completely different – Australia’s hottest new event has arrived!

Part Treasure Hunt, part Amazing Race, part Puzzle, part History & Culture lesson, the Go for your life/Yarra Trams Melbourne City Romp will see 15,000 Melburnians Romping the streets of the city on Sunday 14 October. 

Entries for the Romp opened on 22 August, and over 1,000 people have already entered, with almost $15,000 raised for Burnet Institute in just the first six days. 

Entry categories include Family & Friend Romp, Corporate Romp, University Romp and Schools Romp, and there’s $100,000 worth of prizes on offer.

See the Romp web site for full details.