Archive for July 15th, 2011

A Smarter Planet: Social BusinessIBM’s A Smarter Planet just published a section on Social Business including sets of white papers, videos, studies, surveys and other helpful material.

From the Overview with emphasis added:

Now social networking services are on track to replace email as the primary communications method for many business users in the next few years. It’s a concept IBM social computing evangelist Luis Suarez (who describes his experience in a 2008 article for the New York Times at this link – PJ) has advocated for several years. But this new paradigm impacts more than the inbox. As each company looks to incorporate social networking technologies, it is, in fact, becoming what IBM calls a Social Business.

This approach shifts the focus from static content and other temporary artifacts to the source of the energy, creativity, and decision making that moves the business forward: people. As a result, people not only find what they need, but also discover valuable expertise and information they weren’t even looking for that might solve a problem in a new way.

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tUNC Email Explosion 1994

From the archives of Speed Hallman. The same day a story ran in the Daily Tar Heel about a new course in “Cyberpublishing and Cybercasting”, this chart ran as part of a story on UNC’s email explosion. It shows that the semester was beginning with a giant increase in Internet/email ids — by 1,900 raising the total UNC email space to over 14,000. Note that email and Internet confused even then.

I wonder if UNC’s ending of just over a decade of BITNET involvement was part of the cause of the increase and of the confusion. Note: UNC ceased BITNET membership on August 9, 1993 according to the Timeline of UNC Chapel Hill Computing History.

Leaving the more limited BITNET email for the more sophisticated Internet email, which had existed side-by-side with BITNET mail, was UNC’s first #noemail move.

[graph source: Daily Tar Heel, November 2, 1994]

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