Pieces of me on community...

Reflections regarding the intersection of community and technology, broadly defined. A pit stop on the way to the next phase of Microsoft community solutions

Pieces of me on community...

  • Five things I love about Microsoft

    Giving -- As someone who does a lot in the community, I really appreciate the fact that Microsoft spends a lot of money each year to support those organizations where I volunteer. Whether it's matching my time with money, or matching dollar for dollar...
  • Microsoft Answers beta

    I want to congratulate all of those who worked on getting a beta Microsoft Answers up and running. It's great to see the nice integration of social applications like Forums and Social Bookmarks in a very person centric view. What exactly is Microsoft...
  • Where's Brian redux

    A few months ago I posted about ways of finding me in between blog posts : First off is my del.icio.us account. This is where I tag a lot of things that relate to community and tech. Apologies in advance for the random political things that pop...
  • Community advisory boards help shape our future

    A few months ago, I was at the Norman Rockwell Museum and I ran across his " Four Freedoms " series again. I always enjoyed his work and am in awe of his ability to capture humanity in such a poignant manner. As such, in light of our recent community...
  • <I>Star Trek</I> and the future of the internet(s) courtesy of Microsoft's translation technology?

    A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of attending a presentation by Genevieve Bell where she talked about the future of the internet(s). One of the points she raised was that that "There is now an end to the 'anglosphere'" on the internet. More languages...
  • danah boyd is joining Microsoft Research!

    For years, one of my go to people for analysis of social network sites, youth and more is danah boyd . Like Dare , I've been a fan of her research for quite some time, and it's exciting to know that she will be joining Microsoft's Research team in Boston...
  • Web 2.0 Expo New York 2008 highlights

    This past week, I had the honor of going to O'Reilly's Web 2.0 Expo in New York City . Overall, it was a great event that allowed me to connect with some of the great minds in the industry in addition to learning a lot. Some highlights from the conference...
  • Social Bookmarks v1 released

    A few months ago we previewed a version of Social Bookmarks that enabled technical professionals to: store urls of interest to you share them with others explore what others share Now we're ready to open it up even more. With the new release...
  • More than bookmarks are coming to MSDN and TechNet...

    John recently wrote about the broader vision we've been working towards here for technical professionals. Rather than rehashing the whole thing, I encourage you to see what John has to say, and to stay tuned for these updates. With my passion around the...
  • Sara Ford publishes a book, changes lives

    One of my colleagues, Sara Ford , just finished her first book on Visual Studio tips and will be donating all author book royalties to create a scholarship fund at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College for anyone living in her hometown of Waveland...
  • Is love more powerful than the web?

    With two high profile product launches being a bit bumpy ( here , here ) I can't help but wonder if the all of the love for their products (and the spread of love via social networks) is causing strain on the underlying infrastructure. Course, from...
  • Thanks Bill!

    I don't know if Bill's actual last day will be like the video below, but I'm sure it will be memorable. Thanks for all the insights, vision and humor all these years. I look forward to seeing all of the wonderful things that he'll be doing at the Bill...
  • Notes on "The MAIN model for understanding tech effects on credibility"

    I recently ran across a fascinating paper in MacArthur Foundation Series on Digital Media and Learning by S. Shayam Sundar titled, " The MAIN Model: A Heuristic Approach to Understanding Technolgy Effects on Credibility ." Given the work that we're doing...
  • Recognition / Reputation one more time

    I seem to be on a recognition kick lately. In addition to running across the reputation patterns the other day, I just ran across a great presentation by Bryce Glass on getting started with reputation systems. Again, I personally think the notion of...
  • Time travel with Social Bookmarks?

    Some people have visual memories. Others say that smell is the strongest stimulation for memory. For me, I can remember the context in which a particular event occurred. More specifically, I can often remember what I was doing, where I was, and all of...
  • Design patterns for reputation? Or is that recognition?

    It is great to see Randy Farmer's work on reputation published in Yahoo's Design Pattern Library . I like the level of detail, and the visualizations help to capture the mutitude of ways of representing this. As exicted as I am to see this, I'm not sure...
  • A closer look at recognition

    I mentioned in an earlier post that I was not going to discuss recognition . Well, that was for the context of that post. As part of my role as a community planner, I am on point for things dealing with recognition on the various Social experiences throughout...
  • Ryan Turner's conceptual map of the social web...

    I ran across a great visualization about the social web from Ryan Turner . While I don't believe it quite captures what he writes, the image does capture a great deal of the complexity around social media and communities in my opinion. First, what...
  • Updated Bookmarks Visualization url...

    Heh, seems I posted an earlier link to the Ticker the other day. Here is the updated link .
  • Visualizing Social Bookmarks on MSDN and TechNet

    What do you think of the current look of Social Bookmarks on MSDN , TechNet , Expression and Microsoft ? Did you want to see an alternate perspective of Social Bookmarks? In addition to the recent Preview of Social Bookmarks , we have a " Ticker "...
  • Organize your life (or at least your favorite urls) with Social Bookmarks

    While browser favorites, or bookmarks, can help people find the web sites they need, many websites are not easily categorized into the folder model common with browser bookmarks. If this situation sounds familiar to you, then Social Bookmarks can help...
  • Social Bookmarks Preview for MSDN, TechNet and Expression!

    I'm pleased to announce that we are now in the official Preview of Social Bookmarks on MSDN, TechNet and Expression. For the last few months, I've been working with a great team of folks on point for creating the Social Bookmarks experience. http:...
  • Social Bookmarks Preview coming…

    For astute followers of happenings on MSDN, TechNet and Expression, you may have seen hints at a social bookmarking experience. I don't have an announcement *just* yet, but another team member, John Martin just posted some screens in a preview of a preview...
  • Ray Ozzie on community and Live Mesh

    Being a community guy of sorts, I am always quite interested when folks like Ray Ozzie talk about community. Check out Ray Ozzie's memo on our software + services strategy (via the ReadWriteWeb), in addition to announcements regarding Live Mesh. I still...
  • Business and community evolution

    Thanks to Fili for calling out Chris' post discussing Oracle's "Social CRM." This has been on my mind a lot lately -- rationalizing the role of community in the business world. In many ways, I've been trying to balance this very thing from all my time...