Enterprise 2.0 reflections

social computing survival considersations

social computing input and output survival considerations

Were you wondering what was on my mind?

Noise & Focus

  1. Identify the noise in your digital life.
  2. Take time out and step back. Then you can pinpoint the noise.
  3. Distinguish the “must read” vs “nice to read”
  4. Determine what your focus is.
  5. Have fun exploring and using social media, but have a goal if you don’t want to drift off into the ether.

Invest & Reward

  1. Assess whether your time online feels like an investment (in yourself or others)
  2. Make each moment count.
  3. Consider what reward you want from your time online?
  4. How is your online conversation time spent and how valuable is it?
  5. Reward yourself. Make time to relax, and enjoy the conversation :)

What do these words mean to you in a social media world? Do you take time to reflect on the way you use the tools and time?

7 thoughts on “Enterprise 2.0 reflections

  1. Karen Tipping

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts Jazz. I certainly understand the concept of lots of noise. I find I can manage it but I know that it takes a while to feel comfortable in deciphering what you want to hear, comment on – which conversations to be a part of.

    I am getting lots of feedback around the overwhelming nature of web2.0, but I try to highlight that it doesn’t have to mean more work, certainly in the long run. Instead, for starters I ask people to simply consider the way they communicate (generally by email) and give them some tools and techniques to open their thoughts to a broader audience.

    My Mum went away recent to a silent retreat out of Melbourne, she loved it. She didn’t feel the pressure to be involved in any conversation at all and actually felt a sense of relief. Maybe for some people its about realising that you don’t always have to be involved all of the time.

    Thanks Jazz.

  2. adamclyde

    good points. I think one of the inhibitors I see to broader adoption of social media in the work environment is the impression that people are just wasting their time online. And the problem is, a lot of them are. (me included at times).

    With so much possible content and now with so many possible networks, I totally agree with you that it’s up to the individual to find the noise and eliminate it. And one person’s noise isn’t going to be another’s.

    I’ve been saying for a while that the best skill one can possess in this 2.0 world is the ability to filter. Similar notion to what you’ve just described…

  3. wonderwebby

    @karen you’re welcome. For someone like me, who loves new and interesting information – it’s really important to know what I want to get out of it. It’s why I had to step back and think about it. It’s why I think Personal Learning Environments could become a huge part of Enterprise 2.0. And what you say about some people discovering they don’t have to be involved all the time is true. I follow way more people than I ever intended on Twitter, but it doesn’t mean I follow all of them all the time. I dip into it on whim, I have Twhirl running in the background to alert me to replies and direct messages sent to my phone. I am learning to manage my RSS feeds differently without cutting back my feeds, but by being more selective in what I choose to digest.

    @adamclyde yes very true, in fact sometimes us social media folk are so busy defending the merits of social media, when more might be achieved by thinking of ways to help people filter. Filtering and distinguishing value of information (and conversation) is important – it’s a real value I hope I can pass onto my own children while they grow up as digital natives.

  4. ethan

    I know it’s terribly old fashioned, but I’m finding myself increasingly reliant (re-reliant?) on big branded news (new york times, bbc, wsj, npr) for the headlines instead of the blogs etc. I’m reluctant to add anyone to my twitter watchlist apart form social contacts…I have removed most of the social media prognosticators, for example, so I can see more friends on my limited twitterberry screen real estate.

  5. wonderwebby

    @adamclyde Nightmare before Christmas, much? ;)

    @ethan I think it’s a matter of finding what works for you. I’m finding I am using Friendfeed the way you are using Twitter. I need to clean it up though, and some of my contacts use Facebook for updating status instead of Twitter. Gah!

  6. wonderwebby

    oh…I should mention. It’s not just the input that I’m thinking about. It’s also my output. Tweets. Blogs. Conversation etc. How am I contributing vs adding to the noise?

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