Archive for December, 2008

December 27th, 2008

Vietnamese government implements coercitive / preemptive tools against online expression

by Laurent François

Oh! Oh! Oh! No, it’s not an Xmas gift, it’s a very interesting news given by The Associated Press about the Vietnamese government action against / about blogs :

“The rules ban any posts that undermine national security, incite violence or crime, disclose state secrets, or include inaccurate information that could damage the reputation of individuals and organizations, according to a copy of the regulations obtained Wednesday by The Associated Press.The rules, which were approved Dec. 18, attempt to rein in Vietnam’s booming blogosphere. It has become an alternative source of news for many in the communist country, where the media is state-controlled.The new rules require Internet companies that provide blogging platforms to report to the government every six months and provide information about bloggers on request.The companies are also required to prevent and remove content the government deems harmful.The regulations, written by the Ministry of Information and Communications, encourage bloggers to use “clean, healthy Vietnamese language.” They clarify earlier Internet regulations that were introduced in August.”

After Korea, it’s the confirmation of 3 elements at least:

  • online expression (blogging among others…) is now considered as a true power (forces of opposition or supporters of the legal power). Digital influence is first and foremost a real opinion power
  • the historical authority, that we thought was so-oh!-far concerning this issue, counterstrikes and establishes coercitive laws
  • we don’t talk that much about this topic in other blogospheres / webspheres (other means “other languages”), and it can feed the idea for national governments that these questions have to be solved / hushed up at the local level
December 24th, 2008

Happy Christmas (war is over)

by Laurent François

“So this is Xmas
And what have you done
Another year over
And a new one just begun
And so this is Xmas
I hope you have fun
The near and the dear one
The old and the young

A very Merry Xmas
And a happy New Year
Let’s hope it’s a good one
Without any fear

And so this is Xmas
For weak and for strong
For rich and the poor ones
The world is so wrong
And so happy Xmas
For black and for white
For yellow and red ones
Let’s stop all the fight

A very Merry Xmas
And a happy New Year
Let’s hope it’s a good one
Without any fear
And so this is Xmas
And what have we done
Another year over
A new one just begun
And so happy Xmas
We hope you have fun
The near and the dear one
The old and the young

A very Merry Xmas
And a happy New Year
Let’s hope it’s a good one
Without any fear
War is over, if you want it
War is over now

Happy Xmas”

John Lennon

December 23rd, 2008

A map of social places online: Web trend map 3

by Laurent François


It’s nice, it’s cool, it’s interesting and it’s pretty well done. Thanks Information Architects !

December 23rd, 2008

Make the Web 2.0 obvious for everybody in an enterprise, like a pragmatic fact, not an ideological one

by Laurent François

To follow our discussions about how you have to filter the proper information, here’s an interesting information read this morning:

“Steve Rubel has a post pointing to an “Information Overload Calculator” from the research firm Basex that is estimating that information overload costs the U.S. economy $900 billion per year in “lowered employee productivity and reduced innovation.” The reason? People are spending up to half their day managing and searching for information.”

So basically, what does it mean? That if we have all the required tools to understand how to go faster, it’s not yet popular in enterprises.

For example, we want to establish an ‘internal Facebook’ within our organizations, but our earlier efforts with ‘expertise directories’ failed at an appalling rate. What personal motivations amongst our staff are we going to target to obtain success this time around?
We know that in most organizations, personalisation often doesn’t work, and ‘my sites’ will not be used. So why are so many organizations betting their entire strategies on one (or both) of these two approaches?
On the other hand, projects by organizations such as British Airways and Scottrade show us some of the many Enterprise 2.0 approaches that do work in practice.
I think there are many important changes to make, and much success to be found. So let’s take a middle road, experimenting with new ideas but focusing on delivering success right now.

“Evangelization” is probably too aggressive to be efficient. And in a Web 2 approach, going in a vertical / crusade effort is in a way antithetical.
It’d be more interesting to start with local / daily employees’ concerns, and find an inductive reasoning. Like solving a problem to make the Web 2.0 obvious for everybody, like a pragmatic fact, not an ideological one.

Otherwise you can alway try the Nokia unloader :)

December 22nd, 2008

Filter me I’m famous! (social noise in a social world). How to "strip-tease" the right information?

by Laurent François

When you’re now online, connected to thousands sources of information, to thousands of people, there’s a major challenge: to be able to listen properly to what is said. How to do it in a clever way?

David Armano talks about “people-powered algorithms” :

According to David Armano, our minds have the capacity to sum up, sort, analyze and manage the most interesting online signals. We’d be like “human hubs” of information. Nonetheless, some points are not discussed in this post:

  • what shall we do once we reached a critical mass of “human hubs”? how to manage them? do we need to sort them like in a CRM? but then how to “follow” both friends AND sources of information? I have a true problem on Twitter, moreoever because I follow guys in different lanugages
  • do we have to specialize the way we agregate contents? but then, how to make these kinds of filters system a mainstream tool?
  • the “noise” does not cover the whole relevant information. Many “old” contents are great to enrich an argument. But in this logic, it is not included !

A French blogger, Jean-Luc Raymond shares an interesting thought :

“Ne pas rester confiné dans un bruit permanent est un enjeu tout comme reconstruire du sens qui ne soit pas uniquement synonyme de visibilité ou d’attention permanente.” (V english: not remaining bounded in a permanent noise is a big issue, like building again some meanings which would not only be a synonym of visibility or permanent attention

The big question is: how to build a coherent storyline and to still own it, which would be influenced and built thanks to meetings and external thoughts ?

Finally how to “strip-tease” all the available data to get the essence of what you’re looking for?

Some helps right here…and also here about newcomers 😉