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Twitter Founder Supports “Freedom of Expression” as a Human Right #Egypt

Twitter: The Hand on the Cage of Freedom

From Twitter Declares, “The Tweets Must Flow” – Yahoo! News.

 

Twitter is the hand on the cage of freedom

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“Our position on freedom of expression carries with it
a mandate to protect our users’ right to speak freely
and preserve their ability to contest having their private
information revealed.”

–Biz Stone, Founder, Twitter

Current political protests in Egypt much like those of 2009 in Iran may again catapult Twitter into the media and internet spotlight. This time the short messaging social network and its Founder Biz Stone called for support of “freedom of expression”as a human right in Stone’s blog post, “The Tweets Must Flow.”

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Watch this brief video of a Wikipedia page being built by a group of contributors. This is a time lapse of their 90 minute collaboration.

Wikipedia is the largest user generated and maintained site on the internet. Its active community hosts more than 60,000 articles and 1.07BN edits in its English edition. This human generated site is ranked 6th in the US by Alexa and 7th Globally over MSN.com, Orcut.com and Twitter.com

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Women Spend More Time Social Networking and on Web

The online gender gap widens.

The LA Times reports on a recent study that finds 76% of all women online visit a social networking site compared with 70% of all men online.

In fact, women spend more time (5.5hrs) on social-networking sites than men (3.9hrs), on average per month.

Read the summary here.

Download the full comScore study.

How iPhone and Facebook Disrupt Business Models

Companies risk falling behind competitors
if they ignore or restrict these
consumer technologies.

-Colin Lacey, VP data center transformation services, Unisys

There is a new way of working inside the workplace.

A recent post in CIO Update cites the increasing trend in use of social-networking sites in the workplace which grew from 19 percent in 2008 to 24 percent in 2010.

This is evidence of the pervasive use of social technology in all aspects of our daily lives: including that of information workers.

“Tech-savvy information workers often blur home and work in their use of consumer devices and Web-based social media applications.”

So what is IT doing to adpat to this change?
How will IT integrate consumer technologies (smartphones, social networks) into their enterprise?

One small step is in software makers providing tools that integrate social media into existing IT applications. Microsoft Office Outlook Social Connector recent release of its Facebook plugin is one such step.

Corporate Pressures Rely on Response

Citing a recent Unisys study, the post defines a new generation of workers, dubbed “iWorkers,” who are investing their own time and money in advanced consumer devices like the iPhone and other smartphones, because of their power over devices provided by their employers. Moreover, about ten percent (10%) of these iWorkers surveyed said they would refuse to accept a position at an organization that didn’t allow external instant messaging.

How businesses adapt to this trend will be a careful balancing act. The obvious concern being IT security and its implications for their business. however this also present opportunities for business to allow innovation in developing policies that enable workers to use these technologies to extend business and personal relationships, the core of all business.

Just how business chooses to recognize the trend and formulate policy and programs for adoption of Web 2.0 tools and applications as this trend continues may determine their future business success.

How is your company adapting to this trending influence?

What business opportunities do you see in embracing this consumer trend?
Leave your comment here.

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Facebook Finally Hooks up With Outlook

…our goal is to help you stay in touch
with the people you care about,
and simplify your daily routine.

— Paco Contreras Herrera, Group Product Manager, MS Office

Now you can surf the web and stay connected with your network.
All from the comfort of your Inbox.

Microsoft Outlook Social Connector connects your email inbox to Facebook with a plugin for Outlook.

This is not another social network site. As Microsoft puts it, the Facebook plugin “offers busy people the convenience of accessing them in Outlook.”

Business Embracing Employee Social Networking?

Business may want to adapt the Outlook Facebook plugin. As reported in Information Week, estimates of employee non-business online activities at the workplace average of between 30 and 75 minutes per day.
With the use of online social networks growing, companies have seen
an increasing number of employees accessing the sites in the workplace.
A recent Cisco-sponsored study of 512 IT decision-makers in the United States,
Japan, Germany, China, and India found that 56% determined that employees
used unsupported applications. Of those, 68% were accessing social networking sites.
Information Week, Microsoft Outlook enhances Facebook Integration

Benefits to using the Outlook Social Connector Facebook plugin include:

  1. Easy install downloadable plugin or update for Outlook 2010 users.
  2. Provides real-time updates in the Outlook “People Pane.”
  3. Synchs contacts with Facebook profiles to get friends’ pictures, contact details
  4. Adds recent conversations.
  5. Shows shared appointments.
  6. Displays profile and status updates.

Drawbacks? The jury is out this early in its release. The only detractor is that Social Connector is a one way receiver. It does not enable broadcast of status updates. At least, not yet.

Privacy?

Seems Microsoft has weighed the privacy concerns tied to your contacts too. According to Mashable, “Outlook will only pull data from e-mails connected to Facebook accounts. If your business e-mail isn’t linked to your Facebook, your data stream won’t appear in Outlook Social Connector.”

Want to learn more?

Read the full post on the Microsoft Office blog here.

Download Microsoft Social Connector here.

Get the Microsoft Outlook Social Connector provider for Facebook here.

Watch the video on Microsoft Social Connector and Facebook.

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Social Networking helps mother; adopted daughter reunite: WDBO

Social Networking

Want a happy story?

Social networks and social media is not all about business and business connections.

They can also help enrich our lives too.

In this story, a mother reunites with her adopted daughter via a social networking site.

Put a smile on your face and read the full story here.

Video: “Random Internet Facts” Compelling Information

Were you wowed by “Did You Know?

“Random Internet Facts” presents an enlightening compilation of social media, internet, and consumer statistics. It is as compelling to marketers and business as it is for personal knowledge.

HT to Brad Andersohn for blogging it!


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