Thoughtful piece on social networking and facebook

Interesting piece from Fiona McCann in today’s Irish Times, ”on facebook“.

Would agree fully that Facebook has changed (and devalued) meaning of friends.   Much of what Fiona says rings true with me – as someone who spends a fair amount of time blogging, twittering and updating facebook.  Her comments would also be well received by many of those who are actually my friends.

Many of us set out  to use FaceBook for the personal stuff, sites such as linkedin for the business networking, with twitter and our blogs potentially reaching across both.  However, even within this, there is inevitable overlap between personal and business.  And Facebook wants the business stuff anyway!

Many people also waster a great deal of time working to update their various sites/ presences – with material which is of very little interest and/ or benefit to themselves or the reader.  There was a an excellent piece recently by Dion Hinchcliffe 12 Rules For Bringing ‘Social’ To Your Business.

I think one of the other interesting areas in all of this is bringing the various islands of social networks together.  Much of this is being pioneered out of DERI in Galway.  Projects such as SIOC spring to mind.
Comments certainly make a lot of sense.  As of now do not have all the answers.

first the newspaper industry, now the book industry?

This is going to drive more change in the book industry -regardless of any revenue sharing models.

The developments in copyright and online books are well decribed in last week’s Irish Times by Karlin Lillington.  We seem to be well down the road towards having access to all books in online format via Google – except where authors specifically exclude their books from being available online.

Perhaps this is a good thing – and will increase global learning?

Seems to me that this is destined to change, forever, the book and publishing industry.  Online book shops – e.g. Amazon – have already had a major impact on the industry e.g. on local bookshops.

I have commented previously on the challenges faced by the newspaper industry.  This is going to drive more change in the book industry -regardless of any revenue sharing models.

Copyright developments

The Irish Times reports on 29th January agreement being reached between Eircom and four records companies re illegal downloads of music – implementation of the ‘three strikes and you’re out’ approach by Eircom (and, presumably, other ISPs at a future date). Writing in the GigaOM blog, 31 January 2009, Janko Roettgers, under the heading ,’BitTorrent Researcher: Copy will be dead by 2010′ references research conducted by Johan Pouwelse. Pouwelse would argue that we need to look at all of the social networking activity and how it is evolving – he references FaceBook and YouTube as two good examples. Pouwelse bundles these with some of the more traditional P2P platforms. He argues that this is a run away – in terms of popularity. He does not see any future for traditional thinking re copyright.

It will be interesting to see how things play out. Obviously the traditional music industry has been taking a hammering. And the recent agreement is seen as a way to respect people’s property and protect employment. But will the social networking sites have to be dealt with in the same way as the more obvious p2p?

Web 2.0 coming of age

Interesting commentary in Irish Times today (  re Web 2.0.  Without doubt web 2.0 is one of the areas companies will look to 'make IT pay'.  There are real opportunities for payback on previous investments in IT through exploiting relatively cheap investments in web 2.0.  An excellent example is the number of companies who already have copies of WSS 3.0 (Windows SharePoint Services) but are not using it.  This is the foundation for SharePoint and includes lots of functionality which can be deployed across organisations to support collaboration, teamwork, document management, knowledge management.

Everything we see internationally suggests that Irish business should be looking to drive the adoption of enterprise 2.0 and web 2.0.