- Paul Buchheit: So I finally tried Wave…
Excerpt: "They could use MIME multi-part to send both a non-Wave, HTML version of the message, and the Wave version. Wave-enabled mail readers would display the live Wave, while older mailers would show the static version along with a link to the live Wave." Nice little nugget there. Curious: has anyone done anything interesting with MIME multipart and email?
(categories: googlewave wave gmail collaboration innovation mime email )
- 10 Proposals for Fixing the E-Mail Glut – Bits Blog – NYTimes.com
Some interesting ideas (#1 feels like a rip off of Wave), some not so much (a character limit on email?).
(categories: email innovation productivity informationoverload informationunderload )
- Kwaga :: Smart Email Assistance ::
Kwaga is simple, free, and works with Gmail to enable you to focus on essential emails and follow-through with key decisions in less clicks.
(categories: email gmail semantic dashboard filtering )
- google-enterprise-connector-salesforce – Project Hosting on Google Code
Interesting that the GSA has the notion of "public content" and "secure content", need to get my hands on one to see what the behavioral differences are.
(categories: google gsa search )
- search-reporting – Project Hosting on Google Code
How many of your users are clicking on the first search result? How many refine their search? How many use the Advanced search capabilities? How many click on a cached link? How many have to click the Next page link? How many aren’t finding what they want?
(categories: gsa enterprise google search )
- diykeymatches – Project Hosting on Google Code
Cool search idea in the GSA: for internal deployments, users can add a keyword –> page mapping, much like sponsored ads but without the exchange of money (since it’s an internal thing).
(categories: google search enterprise socialsoftware )
- The Value of Sharing: Social Engagement | ShareThis
Excerpt: On an aggregate level, sharing is now accounting for as much as one-third of the amount of traffic driven by search, which is most often the top source of traffic for sites. So say a site gets 100,000 unique visitors per month from search, they’re also getting 33,000 from sharing. Now, 33 percent is at the high range of our network, but we’re seeing sites across several verticals (mainstream news, tech, entertainment) achieving these levels.
(categories: analytics socialsoftware sharing communication ux facebook twitter email )
- SharePoint MindsharpBlogs > Kim Lund > How to Increase SharePoint End User Adoption
Pretty good blog post describing the pitfalls / challenges when rolling out SharePoint.
(categories: sharepoint adoption enterprise )
- Some other SharePoint 2010 tidbits – FierceContentManagement
Excerpt: "He points out that the path of ECM is littered with failure and that Microsoft’s goal with SharePoint 2010 is to put the end user front and center (while providing more comprehensive back-end administration). The idea, he explains is to get the end user to use the system. If it’s too hard or too restrictive, then end users will always find ways to work around the system to the detriment of the CMS. It will be interesting to see as the SharePoint 2010 beta goes into wider use, and use cases emerge, how well Microsoft has solved this perennial issue." Not really much of an ‘idea’ IMHO.
(categories: sharepoint enterprise adoption userfocus ux )
- Archiving and eDiscovery for Collaboration Systems | Messaging News
Excerpt: "A wide range of regulations and statutes require organizations to safeguard and manage complete records that document what happened in a business or organization. Financial services companies are subject to SEC and FINRA regulations, life sciences organizations to 21 CFR Part 11, federal government agencies and defense contractors to DoD 5015.2, and companies publicly traded in U.S. markets to Sarbanes-Oxley. Common among these regulations and statutes is the concept that the subject matter determines what needs to be managed, and not the medium used for transmitting or communicating information in the record. This means that business decisions communicated through collaboration systems are just as relevant for records management as a printed contract."
(categories: ediscovery archiving quickr sharepoint )
- Mauro Cardarelli : What If You Throw a Party and Nobody Shows Up
Excerpt: "So, here we sit; a few months away from the launch of SharePoint 2010, a framework that offers so much more business functionality and impact. What’s the (potential) problem? SharePoint 2007 has been so widely adopted, across the entire enterprise, that there exists a comfort in the functionality it delivers. Right? SharePoint’s strength has always been in its simplicity. So now we’re going to beef it up… more flexible content management, better workflow, enhanced search and business intelligence. What’s the one word to summarize? … Overwhelming? One of my fellow panelists, an IT Manager, stated it perfectly when he told the crowd that his ability to promote new features in SharePoint is directly dependent on the business users’ ability to withstand the change. Exactly! Change is always risky. Therefore, lots of change brings lots of risk."
(categories: sharepoint adoption enterprise )
- Collaboration and Content Strategies Blog: 6 Things You Should Know About How Office and SharePoint 2010 Work Together
Excerpt: "Office 2010 can find files to open or insert on SharePoint as easily as files stored on the C: drive – A user’s “SharePoint Sites” is a list available under the Office client application “Favorites” dialog, alongside of “Documents”. This list can be managed by either the user or an administrator."
(categories: sharepoint office enterprise )
- NewsGator Talks SharePoint, The Future of Social Computing
Quote: ":There has been a lot of movement in social computing in the enterprise. As he takes a look back Holston tells us that a year ago the conversation was all about ROI and use cases. Enterprises were still considering and experimenting with social computing… Now, Holston says, the focus has changed to deploying solutions enterprise wide and getting the highest return stories for initial deployments (which are usually one or two elements of social computing like micro-blogging)."
(categories: sharepoint socialsoftware microblogging enterprise )
- 10 Microsoft Predictions For 2010
Excerpt: For developers, Sharepoint 2007 was complex and non-intuitive. Third-party application integration and workflow tools were unwieldy. But in Sharepoint 2010, Microsoft focused on tooling and project support and, for the first time, made it possible for developers to use Visual Studio to build Sharepoint applications.
(categories: sharepoint microsoft open )
- Open source became big business in 2009 | The Open Road – CNET News
Quote: "Open source stopped being a sideshow for Google and instead became the main event." Not sure that it’s the main event at Google (I bet ad revenue is still > 95% of their overall number) but true that it’s getting bigger.
(categories: opensource google )
- Microsoft’s New Open Source Web CMS
Quote: Oxite is blog software built on the new ASP.NET MVC framework provided by Microsoft. Although they call it a blogging engine, they also say it is able to host everything from a blog to a large website.
(categories: cms microsoft blogging opensource sharepoint )
- neighborhoods and subcultures in social design
Excerpt: "… Once you have a stake in the ground around your social object, you need to think about the kinds of activities that would revolve around that activity. What are people already doing? What kinds of activities naturally want to happen? Let the answers to these questions help define the features that you implement. Keep in mind too, that the social object and the kinds of activities that you support will help define the subculture that will emerge on your site. Different activities are going to draw different kinds of people depending on the level of participation required to be involved.
(categories: socialsoftware design ux navigation patterns )
- 5 Steps to Building Social Experiences – Boxes and Arrows: The design behind the design
Designing social interfaces is more than just slapping on Twitter-like or Facebook-like features onto your site. Not all features are created equal and sometimes a little bit can go a long way. It’s important to consider your audience, your product—what your users will be rallying around and why they would want to become engaged with it and each other, and that you can approach this in a systematic way, a little bit at a time.
(categories: ux social socialsoftware experience socialdesign )
- speedtracer – Project Hosting on Google Code
Speed Tracer is a tool to help you identify and fix performance problems in your web applications. It visualizes metrics that are taken from low level instrumentation points inside of the browser and analyzes them as your application runs. Speed Tracer is available as a Chrome extension and works on all platforms where extensions are currently supported (Windows and Linux).
- Mozilla to open – gasp! – Firefox add-on store • The Register
Everyone and their mom is going to have an app store soon.
(categories: firefox appstore )
- YouTube Blog: Inside User Research at YouTube
We still have a lot left to learn about how people use YouTube, but some things have become clear. One of the most important findings has to do with the difference between the large group of users who are on YouTube simply to watch videos and a smaller, but very important, group of more engaged users — often uploaders. The latter group will, unsurprisingly, care about details like how to make communication with their audience easier and more effective, how to grow their audience, and even how to make money on YouTube. The former, on the other hand, want as simple of an interface as possible: "Just let me watch the video, please!"
(categories: youtube usability research ux testing design ui )
- Facebook | Facebook Data Team: Distributed Data Analysis at Facebook
Today, Facebook counts 29% of its employees (and growing!) as Hive users. More than half (51%) of those users are outside of Engineering. They come from distinct groups like User Operations, Sales, Human Resources, and Finance. Many of them had never used a database before working here. Thanks to Hive, they are now all data ninjas who are able to move fast and make great decisions with data.
(categories: facebook hadoop analytics hive data bigdata )
- FT.com / Reportage – The rise and fall of MySpace
The two sides differ profoundly over where responsibility lies for the site’s decline. Former MySpace executives say News Corp dragged its feet over implementing Ajax, a program that allows users to send a message, an e-mail or to post a comment on their friends’ pages without having to open a new browser window. Facebook was quick to embrace Ajax but MySpace did not follow suit, partly because to do so would have reduced the number of page views the site generated and therefore its advertising revenue. “It would take five steps to post a comment or send a message, so five different pages would open,” explains another former executive. “There would be ads on each of those pages, so we were making money. We went to News Corp and said: ‘We want to change this but in the short term our revenues will drop.’ It became a long back and forth. [They] were pushing back – they wanted to make sure we weren’t going to drop our revenue numbers.”
(categories: myspace business facebook socialmedia management produ )
- rc3.org – Performance reviews for developers
Quote: "… the most important part of a performance review is to help the person getting the review get better at their job. It’s a chance for people to get feedback that will help them figure out which skills they need to improve and determine where they may be lacking in terms of professionalism. The second most important part of a performance review is to help the manager get as much value out of the employee as possible. Does this person work better undisturbed most of the time or regularly collaborating with others? Is this person happiest grinding away at hard problems that discourage most people? Do they like or dislike refactoring old code that could use improvement?"
(categories: management engineering motivation )
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