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Grunt 2.0: enabling the humble worker

stressed_outThis is a topic that has touched me and a number of people I know at various workplaces. Big businesses out there seem to be slowly adopting to the 2.0 view of internet empowered reality of ours. They seem to be deploying wiki, blogging, social bookmarking, twittering and other trendy tools of the day to supposedly empower their busy employees. The blogs allow the workers to air their experiences, views and concerns on things that matter to them as corporate citizens. The wikis allow folks in the know to disseminate knowlege. Messaging allows them to keep in touch. Some of these businesses have huge intranet content infrastructure with all kind of very useful and not so useful information. They have spent lot of time and energy deploying these huge information management systems. Some of the more innovative ones are also tapping into the crowd sourcing model of picking their employees brains for the next great innovation. All these has led to a very rich pool ofย  valuable information for the entire organization. But information is only as good as how usable and accessible they are to get some real work done.

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The Zettabyte Era

ciscoCisco in their latest Visual Networking Index study states that IP traffic will grow at the rate of 46% every year between 2007 and 2012 leading to a bandwidth demand of 0.5 zettabyte per year. All because of the WEB *.0 crowd and the Obamamaniacs ๐Ÿ™‚ .

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www.change.gov – A good first step ?

May be I spoke too soon.ย  I see the transition team has a website up.ย  Looks like a positive step for the eager get connected generation. It also seems those dying to be in the new administration can even apply for jobs! May be time for that CTO job for somebody.

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A Socially Networked White House ?

whouseFor me one of the most exciting takeaways of this election year is the hope that we may be finally having a president who understands the power of technology for engaging people, and possibly for applying it for the services of good, besides things like Project Echelon, FISA and black ops projects.

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Ning’s Open Social apps

This week Ning launched their open social based apps on their developer site. They seem to host 500,000 social networks! Anybody can start a network of their own. Reminds me of the old days of never ending list of usenet groups . Anybody reads them anymore ๐Ÿ™‚ except distributing questionable content.

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Mobile Social Networking and LBS Mania

TechCrunch had an interesting article today with a nice summary of the state of affairs for social networking for iPhone. Even though it is mainly talking about iPhone applications, it highlights the state of affairs for mobilizing social networking in general. It also highlights the frenzy of capitalizing on location based services. Idea of LBS has existed out there for a while as various standardization committees like 3GPP and JCP have drafted various service and API specifications. But not until recently we have started getting our hands on devices that have the required hardware and companion API implementations to access that hardware.

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