Headshift pioneered the use of social tools within traditional firms, and worked from 2002 for over a decade to help firms improve operations and engagement using smarter, simpler, social technology


We have deep knowledge and experience of market-leading social platforms, and our engineering teams are capable to stretching, integrating and customising them to suit specific needs.

We believe in creating what Clay Shirky called situated software – tools and systems that feel native to a particular context. Sometimes this can be done by integrating existing systems; sometimes it requires the freedom offered by pure custom development, and in this case we use a tried and tested agile development methodology to ensure our clients are involved in every stage of the process.

All-in-one platforms

Best of breed platforms

We have deep technical skills in best-of-breed social platforms, and have integrated these products for our clients to produce smarter, simpler, social solutions that work for their users, rather than the other way round.

Custom development

Sometimes, the requirements for a smarter, simpler, social solution require a custom solution. We have an exceptionally strong Ruby on Rails team that have create bespoke solutions for our clients, but we also work with other open source tehcnologies (LAMP stack, Drupal) and proprietary frameworks such as .NET.

There are fantastic new open source tools emerging all the time, and so it is possible to put together a complete social stack using freely available code.

Post*Shift: the Prequel

A decade of learning how, when and with whom social technology can be implemented inside organisations to humanise and improve their operations left behind an interesting trail of blog posts, experiences and case studies, so it seemed like a good idea to maintain this web archive. Headshift was founded in 2002, sold in 2009, and the right to its name and content was then re-acquired by its founders in 2014 as they were setting up their new venture, Post*Shift. If you enjoy reading this archive, please head over to the Post*Shift site to find out how we are building on the first phase of social business technology to create new structures, culture and operations in large organisations as part of our vision for Twenty-First Century Business.