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Docshare as document sharing application

16 Oct

Hey guys, im sorry i didnt write any blog posts for too long since i was really busy with all my works assessments…Anyway here I am with my new info… Today, i found something really good… It is called Docshare.. Anyone of u familiar with this??? I just knew it from my friend as we were doing the library proposal..  Ok it is document sharing application… It allows you to store your document online and share it to global audience… When you click on this Docshare link, you will be directed to Docshare website… You can see some thing like this:

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When you look at the top, you can see they are many documents in digital forms being uploaded from many users. They actually want their documents or articles to be read by other users.. Some articles are for professionals but some documents are for entertainment such as humour, games info and so on…You can see the author recent activity on the right sidebar and DOC has provided a tutorial how we can use this Docshare… All documents can be categorised as u can see on the black toolbars in the picture such as businness and legal. ebooks, essays and Guides and instruction.. So its easy for the user to find the document just clicking in any categories the document they want to find may fall into. I have use it  to upload any of my old document so that i can easily find them in the future maybe it might be needed and Docshare is my storage location as well…Try it! it can be easily embedded onto your website as well… Really amazing tool to be explored.

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Buzzwords is better than Google DOC?

27 Sep

Have you all heard about buzzword acrobat? 2 days ago my friend was typing her document online.. I was just asking her what was that.. She said “I was doing my assignment with my team mate on Buzzwords”… Huh???? Havent heard that… She mentioned its actually quite similar to Google DOC...It allows us to keep the format layout of the document just like Google DOC…So today I try to experiment using it…The first page we need to fill in the form to register..For information, Buzzword is free! One thing about Buzzword, the loading is so slow and only a single user can edit at any particular time.. Google DOC is different… it allows the shared users to edit at the same time .. e.g if person is typing in the document, person can actually see the cursor running while person A is typing at real time…Isn’t that cool!! look at the print screen below.. This is what the buzzword looks like:

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Check it out and tell me what do u think about buzzword?

Google Doc makes my life easy

26 Sep

Hi guys, now its been my busy week. Just Imagine how all my assessments items squeeze due onto the same week.. Most of works relies on group works and team management…So I have to organised every document in a single location? One problem I always have was I kept on forgetting to carry my hard drive and have to go back and forth my house and Uni to take it.. But One tool that helps me.. You know what? Yes! its Google DOC... I upload all my documents there and I dont need to worry about my storage drive anymore… Sooo Sooo Easy…. So I can edit the document from anywhere… I even dis my works while i was in the restaurant, internet cafe and anywhere that has internet access… I make folders for each of my course units and add documents into it… Similar way how you add your file into folder in your storage drive…

I also can share the document that I have created among all my team members to enable them to edit and save it… When you open the Google Docc, at the top right hand corner of the toolbar, you can see the word “Share” then expand it… Click on invite…. Then you can add as many email address as you wish to allow them to access the same documents that you are working on…This is a good application for collaboration between team members in doing project documentation… The last one who updated the document, the username will be shown at the top at a stated time.. Easy right?Look at the sample below how I categories my folder in..You can look at column Folder/Sharing… e.g Jeff to 5 collaborator means Jeff had invited me to share his document with 5 more users to enable us to edit and save…

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Try them up! We don’t need to install it as this is one of web 2.0 Technology.. The best thing is it is free…

Business Web 2.0 Tools and Application

14 Sep

Its just the right time to reveal some of the web 2.0 tools which might be useful to be used in business. The web 2.0 will allows the user participations especially the employees who work in your company. Most of the these web 2.0 tools below can be embedded into any platform for shortcut rather than open up each independent applications. The integration of these tools is possible by using API… Some of these platforms are Blog and websites. The benefits of having these tools: we can increase our networks; for company/organisation perspective, increase in networks means capable of getting more customers, allows feedbacks about a certain products and allows the company staff to talk directly to their customer. Isn’t that amazing… Furthermore, Business 2.0 tools allows staffs in company to manage their tasks and more efficient in doing their work especially in team work environment where there are lots of collaborative tools out there which aids the task activities…. Here some of the tools you can download from go2web2.0, I hope it will be helpful to you.

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Web 2.0 tools for business

9 Sep

Today I was having a presentation for my Alternate Reality Game that i have developed.. The audience kinda like my project.. Yeah then i went back home…I felt  a bit bored so i guess its better to search something useful which might help for business.. I was researching more web 2.0 tools and application to be used for business. Then i found one website which is Beginner guides to web 2.0 tools for Business. I want to share it with you.

There are 5 sections included in this website Finance, Forecasting/isk Assessment or R&D, Human Resouces, Marketing Communications, Project teams and Sales… I think all these are common core that make up a business process within organisations… He provided and suggested some Web2.0 tools for each section…All of these tools are for collaboration for doing business, how the team would interact with each other, Doing task efficiently, powerful for more participations, help to manage the business activities with these web 2.0 tools…Out of all, I have used Google Docs and Spreadsheets for doing my business proposal.. Its wasy really to use with my team mate…First I make a new page and invited all my team mate to share this document to allow them to edit and save it …  I thought this is the only web 2.0 tools before I access the website I introduce to you here but then  i access to “Zoho Sheet” page. From the homepage, it says “Create, Share and Collaborate”… I signup just to see what it can do… It is actually similar to Google Doc but for spreadsheet  only(excel) but in my own perspective for those working on excel, Zoho is consider a good web 2.0 application since it gives more functions for adding any components you need in your spreadsheet. Try them up.. it has a built in application for building mashup… Cool!…It also allow multiple user to edit and save the same documents..

Then under the project team heading, i opened IBM Lotus Connections to look what IBM has been doing towards upgrading the company for web 2.0 technology…From their page it says “IBM Lotus is social computing software for business that empowers  you to be more innovative”.. I was just wandering if we are using their new product needs installation?? hmm… Then I found somewhere in their website (forgot to copy the link), it says “No installation”.. Interesting right! Before I’ve been introduced with web 2.0 technology, any software required installation but now the technolgy has changed alot. Most works can be done through online…One benefit I can see through this concept, We can actually do works from anywhere and the documents become portable… We no longer need usb drive to save our files… But I can think of risk of web 2.0.. What if the host server of that particular web 2.0  site shutting down? Our files will be lost.. I guess the solution for this is we can have our own server so that we dont have to worry about the risk…Further information about IBM Lotus Connection, there have built-in blogs to present ideas/get feedback through commenting and wikis to create web content together…and other functionality such as “social” to stay in touch with the social network… “Communities” to work with people to share common interest…”File” allow sharing documents and media file such as image  among the online communities.. IBM is marvellous… Can combine all these tools which I consider good for making business with people…

So I recommend if you have business and wanted to move towards web 2.0 technology, explore each of the tools provide in this website Beginner guides to web 2.0 tools for Business

I guess it will help you with the activities for Finance, marketing, HR, Sale and team management… Goodluck!

What makes aspect of Web 2.0 do you feel most passionate about?

26 Aug

Well there are lots of things i am so passionate to use Web 2.0 tools and techniques. Some of these are:

1. It makes our works easy to manage

2. Make new friends.

3. Increase our online community

4. Integration – most web 2.0 can be integrated into web based platform such as a blog so that we can organisaing them up from a single platform only

5. We can get feedback about something from unknown users. What i did last months was, i needed some feedback about should i but NDS game or ipod touch. the blog post actually got large number of feedback from those who have these games and comment on which of these two are more worth buying… Finally i got the answer… Most feedback said “if you are into gaming go for NDS but if your are more to organising stuffs, email, need applications and games go for Ipod touch…Now i have ipod touch… See how the feedback from people are crucial in making decision.

6. Getting more information and knowledge faster.

7. Efficient in transfering data such as photo or message from one user to another…

8. The most important things was it allows me to keep in touch with my family and friends.

9. Web 2.0 also allows works and personal overlapping each other through feedbacks about a particular blog post.

So how about you? Share you thought here..

Guide to Benefits of Companies using Blog?

25 Aug

Hey all i have found a link to marketing strategy: Benefits companies using Blog.. Lets we watch this slideshow together by Paul Chaney, Marketing Director of Bizzuka:

From this slideshow, i like the fact that a blog is a powerful web 2.0 tools especially when it says a blog is the search engine magnets. For instance if we have created a blog post “What is social Media”… Then we google the same topic, the google search engine should show our blog post in the list easily.. Isn’t that amazing.. a Blog can also be used to build a relationship marketing.. example between Companies, Consumer and vendor (or suppliers)…In this era of Blogging become prominent globally, it is assumed that every business should have a blog….Consumer will always be searching for the blog to have a conversation about the companies products whether its in the form of good feedbacks or complains.. One example I found a blog of one company named themselves as Alcoa recycling, this company is a recycling company which has joint venture with Novelis to procure of used aluminum beverage cans (UBCs)…These companies have formed a new independent company called Evermore . Benefits of Alcoa having a blog, it helps them to show all the informations need by the stakeholders such as consumer report, updated aluminium prices and do all business processes  as well as get some feedback from the vendor and consumers. This has compatible with the quote  saying “Market is conversation and Participation is Marketing”..

Kodak’s 1000 Words blog is an excellent example of a company blog that just nails the content.  Instead of focusing on Kodak’s cameras, 1000 Words instead focuses on photography.  This is the difference between using your blog to promote yourself, and to create content that your readers can find value in. 

Another company is Home Good OpenHouse’s. The company has open a blog to give their customers tips how to decorate their house and gardens.  The bloggers make a point to respond to almost every comment individually, and to refer to the commenter by their first name.  Also notice that the commenters also refer to the writer’s by their first name.  This might seem trivial, but that small personal touch is definitely resonating with Openhouse’s blog readers.

Another company blog that i reckon has an excellent sidebar is, believe it or not, Wal-Mart’s Checkout blog.  The Checkout blog includes one key element on its sidebar that most blogs total overlook:  pics of all its writers, and links to their bio.  In my point of views this is HUGELY important, but again most blogs, even most great ones, totally forget to add pics and bios for its writers.  The blog also has Flickr pics, a section explaining what the blog is about, categories, and a search box right at the top.

Free Guide to implement Enterprise 2.0: SLATES = FLATNESSEShtt

23 Aug

Hey good day mate, i found one link introduced by my lecturer Jason watson… About SLATES paradigm or SLATES model introduced by Andrew MCAFEE, what he referred to a guide or ingredient in implementing Enterprise 2.0 at workplace..When you refer to my blog post “Companies implementing Enterprise 2.0“, i discuss more about SLATES and provide a case study of certain companies following SLATES model as their checklist for building Enterprise 2.0 to be used in the workplace. Just to recap SLATES model below taken from Dion Hinchcliffe blog:

stateofenterprise2-p1Dion Hinchcliffe has add up four more additional aspect which is social, emergent, freeform and networked oriented.. As a combination to the SLATES models, it develops a new refined conception of Enterprise 2.0.. which is :

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The discussion in my previous blog post Companies implementing Enterprise 2.0, discuss three companies which has move to Enterprise 2.0. Look at some example at NASA Blogsite

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.Nasa has been using wiki to collaborate with team members and upload stuffs and projects to manage them easily.. You can click here to look at their WIKI… I have been browsing through some the Nasa project info and one of their homework are training for Web 2.0? i guess Nasa provide training for their staffs to gain knowledge on Web 2.0 tool to be successfully use it in their workplace.

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As the Enterprise 2.0 introduced in Nasa is having a social networking platform within the organisation and also external participation for other external user to comments on what they wrote on the blog… Therefore information becomes transparent e.g the wiki allows public to see what project they have been doing.. So they have managed to use these emergent software tools for team coordination and provide more freeform tools other than blog and WIKI such as Facebook, Twitter, itunes, etc.. So all these application tools is Network oriented, a web based tool which can be accessed through internet easily…

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Eight Core Patterns of Web 2.0

21 Aug

With reference to my blog post  “Companies Implementing Enterprise 2.0” , I have introduce some companies/organisations such as Woolworth, Nasa and Oracle moving to Enterprise 2.0 to become more transparent in providing information to public viewer for the purpose of improvement in customer service or outsourcing a research data for global knowledge and etc…   Then i discussed about the SLATES (Search, Link, Authoring, Tag, Extension and SIgnal) and how it guides companies to create Enterprise 2.0. I reckon for public education, it is worth noting the Eight core patterns of Web 2.0 listed in the report of  O’Reilly Radar Report titled Web 2.0 Principles and Best Practices refer to Dion Hinchcliffe’s introduction. Here i will discuss briefly how the companies i mentioned in the  “Companies Implementing Enterprise 2.0″ relate to this core pattern. Okay here are the eight core patterns defined by Dion Hinchcliffe in the ZDNET blog:

  • Harnessing Collective Intelligence: Sometimes described as the core pattern of Web 2.0, this describes architectures of participation that embraces the effective use of network effects and feedback loops to create systems that get better the more that people use them.
  • Data is the Next “Intel Inside”: A phrase that captures the fact that information that information has become as important, or more important, than software, which has become relentlessly commoditized.
  • Innovation in Assembly: The Web has become a massive source of small pieces of data and services, loosely joined, increasing the recombinant possibilities and unintended uses of systems and information.
  • Rich User Experiences: The Web page has evolved to become far more than HTML markup and now embodies full software experiences that enable interaction and immersion in innovative new ways.
  • Software Above the Level of a Single Device: Software like the horizontally federated blogosphere (hundreds of blog platforms and aggregators) or the vertically integrated iTunes (server farm + online store + iTunes client + iPods) are changing our software landscape.
  • Perpetual Beta: Software releases are disappearing and continuous change is becoming the norm.
  • Leveraging the Long Tail: The mass servicing of micromarkets cost effectively via the Web is one of the primary “killer business models” made possible by the Internet in its present form.
  • Lightweight Software/Business Models and Cost Effective Scalability: Everything from Amazon’s S3, to RSS, to Ruby on Rails are changing the economics of online software development fundamentally, providing new players powerful new weapons against established players and even entire industries.

From the eight core pattern of web 2.0 above, Nasa and Woolworth have all the features above. I will explain each of them below in sequence order:

1. Harnessing Collective Intelligence

From the article mentioned in the pdf file of Online information 2007 pdf document, Woolworth has provide the user participation (business users) for testing their web platform to get feedback about the usability to make the system better especiallyif more people using the same system.On the other hand. for Nasa,the user participations towards developing research data and decisions-making by getting response from professionals globally such as scientist, communications engineer and general public through social networking software and web 2.0 tools becomes crucial.

2. Data is the Next “Intel Inside”

Rather than using sophisticated software or platform, that IT stuff doesnt matter anymore. for Woolworth and Nasa even use free social networking to deliver information. So information is important now than software.

3. Innovation in Assembly

Woolworth and Nasa have used web 2.0 tools to provide data and services which can be used and embedded all in one platform..

4. Rich User experience

Woolworth portal allows user to customised the interface according to the roles and tasks they performed easily. In Nasa point of views, as it is joint venture with google, it has allow users experienced to explore the journey to moon, mars. earth through google applications such as google Earth, Google Mars, etc…Through web 2.0 tools, users can provide a feedback about this explorations for future requirements.

5. Software Above the Level of a Single Device

From the reference above, both Woolworths portal and Nasa have changed the software landscape with lots of varieties..

6. Perpetual Beta

By implementing enterprise 2.0, the IT systems that was functional in Woolworth / Nasa company for outputting information through the system architecture will be disappearing with the new existing  social networking software or web 2.0  technology runs over the internet.

7. Leveraging the Long Tail:

As the information is delivers faster hence indirectly the market will become wider from the internet.. The traditional ways of business models utilised by both companies before was considered obsolete.. Now the business model has gone through paradigm shift which is focusing on the user knowledge rather than relying on technology/software which has increase competitiveness globally. This will lead The mass servicing of micromarkets cost effectively..

8. Lightweight Software/Business Models and Cost Effective Scalability:
Nasa is using socialcast as a collaboration tools to be used in the View Postworkplace. Social cast is consider lightweight software and cost effective scalability…

Companies using Twitter

9 Aug

Here i provide some links to companies. These companies have been using Twitter for sharing information. You can join and follow them in twitter.

(Taken from FluentSimplicity blog):

Media
Reuters http://twitter.com/reuters
CNN http://twitter.com/cnnbrk
BBC (Off-site List) http://menti.net/?p=17
NY Times http://twitter.com/nytimes (The NYT also offers other sections in twitter)
WHP (CBS-affiliate) http://twitter.com/whptv
Wired News http://twitter.com/wired
NPR http://twitter.com/nprnews
ZDNet http://twitter.com/zdnett
Conde Nast Portfolio http://twitter.com/Portfolio
CNET News http://twitter.com/CNETNews
Revision3 http://twitter.com/revision3
Times OnLine http://twitter.com/TimesWorldNews
CBC News http://twitter.com/cbcnews
Orlando Sentinel http://twitter.com/orlandosentinel

Oh wow! its quite interesting to know about most of the media listed I know above like CNN, BBC and  Times are having Twitter…  But in fact, these companies should need one coz this will help them to source out any information in real time and public will be aware with the news faster. Everyone can be followers e.g CNN has 2,756,931 followers. Each twit contains links to CNN articles related to the twit post info.. Followers can click the link to read more on each twit post…Below I provide a print screen of an example how they used microblogging as platform for daily news…

Airlines/Travel
Carnival Cruise Lines http://twitter.com/CarnivalCruise
Delta http://twitter.com/deltaairlines
Jetblue http://twitter.com/JetBlue
Southwest Airlines http://twitter.com/SouthwestAir
Mahalo Travel http://twitter.com/mahalotravel

Now some travel agency has used microblogging to provide information about travel time, baggage condition info and allows users to ask them if there are enquiries about anything before the departure… This can be useful for people to check if there are any changes to the travelling time in real time… I have opened jetBlue Airways twitter, one of the travel agency I have used before.. From the right sidebar, it says “Follow us and let us help! – Currently on duty: Gigi, Lindsey, Laurie, Morgan, and John”… Other than providing help for travelling info, they twit post an exclusive offers of cheap sale ticket to many places.. In this way, they can attract more people to use their travelling agency.

Retailers
Dell Outler http://twitter.com/DellOutlet
Direct2Dell http://twitter.com/Direct2Dell
Direct2Dell (China): http://twitter.com/Direct2Dell_CN
Studio Dell http://twitter.com/StudioDell
WOOT: http://twitter.com/woot
Apple: http://twitter.com/appleinc (Questionable)
Amazon.com Deals: http://twitter.com/amazondeals
Zappos http://twitter.com/zappos
Buy.com http://twitter.com/Buy_com (Questionable)

Business, Business, Business!!! Yes… This is actually a good idea for retailers to use microblogging to boost up their marketing strategies.. Like Buy.com, other than twitting about their products, they have some competition having prize to be won… In my opinion it is part of their strategies for more users to twit with them instead of showing some offers/discount about a certain products. so they make their twits open for customers to follows them but I feel curious why apple twitter has protected their tweet.. I couldn’t even see any info on their twit page.

Professional Services
Forrester http://twitter.com/forrester
Deacons http://twitter.com/Deacons (*** A Law Firm!)
PerkettPR http://twitter.com/PerkettPR
Q1Labs http://twitter.com/Q1Labs

SaaS
Mzinga http://twitter.com/mzinga

Education
Career Development Office, McGill University http://twitter.com/cdolaw
Norwich University http://twitter.com/NorwichNews

Manufacturing
GM http://twitter.com/GMblogs
Ford http://twitter.com/FoMoCoNA ***Questionable

Government
LAFD http://twitter.com/LAFD
Franklin, MA PD http://twitter.com/franklinpolice (Needs more updates)
Austin, TX PD http://twitter.com/AustinPD (Why lock updates?)

Social/Blogs
Techmeme http://twitter.com/Techmeme
Mashable http://twitter.com/mashable
Engadget http://twitter.com/engadget
Technorati http://twitter.com/technorati
SocialText http://twitter.com/socialtext
Kyolo http://twitter.com/kyolo

Food/Specialty Products
M&Ms http://twitter.com/msgreen

Authors/Artists/Musicians/Etc
Henry Rollins http://twitter.com/henryrollins
Matthew Modine http://twitter.com/matthewmodine

Some other companies  for instance under professional services such as Deacon which is law firm, which shows legislation for [Australian] National Model OHS Laws,has now started using Microblogging to update any updated legislation info for australian… Under Saas,Mzinga used Microblogging to help enterprises join in conversation with people interested in their products and services. SOme university such as Norwich university used Twitter to provide any education infos… FOrd car company used twitter for ford customer service updates.. Some government now starts using twitter such as LAFD (Los Angeles Fire Department) now used Twitter to provide some news for the purpose of protecting the City of Los Angeles and to report an emergency. SOme social blogs now used Twitter  such us Techmeme, the web’s technology news site of record, to provide the hottest tech stories from all around the web on a single page. Food companies such as MNM (chocolate candy) use twitter for getting customer feedback and build more friendly environment with their customer… Authors/artist/musicians also can used twitter to get feedback about the book they have publish and they can ideas from other twitter users as well… Amazing! You can refer to How Matthew Modine use Twitter for this purposes..