My reflections on Gia’s post about Dixie Chicks and Innovation.

The Dixie Chicks can make people more innovative

First of all, great post Gia!

As you say the pain is in porting an update from one disconnected service to another disconnected service, whether it be avatars or connections/relationships – I find that painful too.

The pseudo connection/relationship import of contacts from email contacts lists; is another pain point for me. I guess email contact lists are relevant for those that have never used social media before; but once you start; the value of that contact list drops dramatically – so I hope they won’t be used for this too long. However, importing from social media is not great at the moment either; this needs working – a primary service would be great.

Re: enterprise – I agree there’s a lot of hard work to be done. I don’t know enough about this area, but clarity about your de facto directory and it’s hygiene are key starting points. Corporations could well spend a lot of time and money sorting that out; and with M&A’s around it can be very tricky.

What are your thoughts in the area of security and policy management? Surely people will want a tool that is proven yet flexible in area of security; so they can decide what is allowed to appear within the corporate environment.  Is SAML something we have all learn some more about?

I also think there’s a long journey/conversation ahead, between the conservatives and guardians (security, legal etc) and the collaborative folks to sort out how this will be achieved. I do think there is strong resistance to idea of external communities even having a pseudo presence inside that corporate fire wall.

On the public side, I look forward to the consolidation of services; we must reach a tipping point soon. Especially in the area of collaborative/social media. A key qualifier will remain the strength of content and frequency of participation. I know from my own experience of Facebook, in my generation (pro – 30’s), the activity drop is significant compared to the younger generation and compared to the novelty value 1st few weeks. It makes me think the collaborative geeks, are really more than a few steps ahead of the real world – how long or what’s needed to make them get in step?

Sorry if I’ve touch on a number of ideas, it seemed a good post to respond with these too.


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