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The Importance of Mobility for Social Computing October 10, 2008

Posted by Glenn Irvine in Commentary, Futuring, Media.
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In a recent online survey conducted by ABI Research results showed that at least 46 percent (nearly half) were accessing Social Network Technologies by their mobile devices with strong results for MySpace and Facebook eclipsing any other technology.

I feel this is strong evidence for a need to seriously consider pervasive devices when implementing Social Technology initiatives, and indeed in the design of the UIs for the products.

I know both Facebook and WordPress have already developed iPhone interfaces, as I am using those, and there are over 83 solutions in the AppStore under the Social Networking Category which include LinkedIn and MySpace apps as well as plethora of options for Twitter and Blogging.

Overall, an interesting usage characteristic for Social Technology Architects.

Regards,

Glenn Irvine
glenn.irvine@thelotusposition.net

First Post from the iPhone Applet August 19, 2008

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I have written this post to the Blog from an applet that WordPress have produced for the iPhone. Like all things Apple, it has a very useable interface. Allowing me to not only enter the Title and Body, but a simple selection method for Categories & Tags as well.

Overall, I’m quite impressed with it. Given 3G access, it means I can post to the Blog from almost anywhere.

Very Nice.

Regards,

Glenn Irvine
glenn.irvine@thelotusposition.net

iPhone 2 iWoes… and Google Lively Early Review July 11, 2008

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Well the iPhone launch business day is almost done here in Australia, and there are some very tired Telco franchise employees out there.

I’m disappointed that the 16GB version of the phone ran out of stock at most stores very quickly, so I am on a waitlist. (I’m told next week some time). Some of the early risers waited in the stores for up to 4 hours (I didn’t have that long a wait), however my first post to the Lotus Position via 3G on an iPhone will have to wait until next week. I’ll have to stay with WiFi on my V1.0 iPhone until then.

When you have an hour to kill in a store like this, you can’t help but marvel at the inefficiencies in their systems and processes. The average customer sat through an easy 30 to 45 minutes from the start of the transaction. Granted there was some system problems due to the volumes (poor planning), but I just felt that a more efficent order system and process could have easily shaved 20 minutes off that time. I don’t even want to start to calculate the lost-opportunity cost on a day like today when you are looking at 50% waste…

Oh well… Still in a 2G world for a little while yet.

Had a look at the Google Lively app last night, and my initial impressions weren’t that great. It doesn’t present as a contiguous World like Second Life, just a grouping of various rooms that you can design and pop around between.

The UI looks certain to suit Teens and Late adolescents though. It really just looks like Jazzed up instant messaging really.

Can’t see myself spending much more time there. They have a long way to go.

Regards,

Glenn Irvine
glenn.irvine@thelotusposition.net

Big News Day in the Lotus World… July 10, 2008

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First the news that Alan Lepofsky is leaving IBM and off to SocialText, and I attended a Distributor Launch event for Foundations, read an interesting article on “The six commandments of social networking at work” on ComputerWorld, and we are gearing up for the launch of the iPhone here in Australia tomorrow morning. (Backing up my current iPhone tonight in anticipation of picking up my new 3G model in the morning.)

All the best to Alan… I have followed his blog second only to Ed Brill’s for some time now, and SocialText will be picking up a great asset in Alan.

With the Lotus Foundations breakfast, I see a great potential with this product for the micro to small business market here in Australia. I’m hoping the Bluewash process doesn’t take the shine off the Nitix value proposition for their products. I was impressed with the ease of install demonstrated by Matt Webb in the presentation.

The article on Social Networking is an excellent one, and in summary nails some important issues with the 6 main points the author has made.

  1. Thou shalt present yourself respectfully and honestly
  2. Thou shalt ask: Do I want to explain this to an employer in 10 years? Or to my boss now?
  3. Thou shalt set boundaries
  4. Thou shalt not limit thy employees’ time on social networks*
    *Unless it seriously cuts into their productivity
  5. Thou shalt not leave thy employees to founder, but lay down workplace guidelines
  6. Thou shalt remember: We are all still figuring this out

Well worth the read…

And finally, The official launch of the 3G iPhone here in Australia takes place in some stores in less than 2 hours with midnight openings in the major CBDs… I’m going to wait for the civilised opening of a local telco franchise in the morning (Too old to be queuing in the middle of winter at Midnight), and besides, I’ve had an iPhone for the last 9 months or so, so the wow factor is well and truely past. I am however looking forward to the 3G capability as I have had to settle for the Wireless connectivity to date.

I will be very keen to see the new iNotes functionality in 8.0.2 for supporting the iPhone. So far the best I have had is wireless access to Webmail… You can read it but not author new emails.

I’m looking forward to posting my next Blog entry via the 3G capability on the iPhone tomorrow!

Regards,

Glenn Irvine
glenn.irvine@thelotusposition.net