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Unicom Social tools seminar


Dave Gurteen hosted another Unicom seminar on social tools last week in central London, ably summarised by Ben Wild, IBM’s Roo Reynolds and Paul Coyne from Emerald
I spoke about Collective Intelligence and shared some case studies from our work, and I very much enjoyed exposing these ideas to some experienced knowledge consultants and practitioners
For me, though, the highlight (NB: I missed day two) was Ian McNairn’s presentation about what IBM are doing with social tools inside the organisation. Key points included:

  • 26,000+ blogs inside IBM
  • 20,000+ people blogging
  • 2,300+ wiki spaces
  • 100,000 people (c. 30% of the IBM population) have used these wikis
  • High use of the IBM Dogear tool, and some interesting stories about how this is driving the dynamics of social networking within the company
  • A mature evolution of public/private blogging boundaries within the firm, which is enabling people like Bob Sutor, Mary Beth Raven and Ed Brill to share information in the public realm in a useful way.

Ian gave an accomplished presentation, and I think we could learn a lot from what is going on inside IBM with social tools.

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