I am an avid user of web 2.0 solutions – in particular social networks including linkedin, facebook and twitter. First impressions of google+ have been positive – seems to me to support, more easily, useful interaction between people sharing an interest. Circles appears pretty logical. Obviously uptake is very important (to obtain critical mass) but the level of uptake in the first few weeks would suggest google+ certainly has a good chance of gaining significant traction.
However – I am a google apps, paid-up, user. google apps is at the centre of my day to day operations.
Not unusally I started with a gmail account and move to google apps as I established my own domain: http://www.barryjogorman.com. I have a google profile – associated with my gmail account. I do not have a google profile within the google apps world. People interact with me using whatever medium suits them: facebook, linkedin, twitter, gmail, my google apps mail account, SMS, voice. And now some level of interaction has commenced via google+.
Unfortunately, in order to be active in google+ I have to be logged into my gmail world – not my google apps world. It’s almost becoming a question of accessing the google apps world from the PC and the google plus world from the smart phone – complete nonsense!
This posting seems to contain the current wisdom from Google: we hear you, we knew this would be an issue, we’ll get there because it is important to us – but it may take a few months.
For now it seems to be a question of ‘grin and bear it’. Any solutions/ tips would be very welcome!
Read Alex Pang’s piece on contemplative computing – courtesy of this article from ReadWriteWeb. Fits in with much of the discussion taking place across lots of enterprises – is IM, social networking, blogging contributing very much to the business? Surely IM (now often including video) is just another distraction to people who should be getting on with ‘the task at hand’.
As an individual consultant and researcher I am constantly required to manage the distractions – notwithstanding that were there no distractions there would be no interaction and no work. The debate reminds me of something about 10 years ago – we should not let the team have internet access because they will waster their time surfing. We seem to have moved on from this because, thankfully, in many cases the web has become a way fo doing work, communicating, researching, whatever.
I don’t think the answer has changed. You have to work out what you are trying to do and figure out how to use the available resources. If you expect to gain from online interaction then you need to recognise that it is a two way street – you will need to be active (or at least be responsive) in order to gain. When you need to work in a quiet, non distracted mode, you need to make yourself unavailable.
Business has changed. It’s not just the desk based personnel who are being bombarded by distractions. Smartphones mean that anyone can be online at any time. Education in the workplace has not caught up – people need training, awareness and guidance on tools which they can use to assist them in managing the online world rather than being managed by the online world.