(or: How to get up to speed with social) (or: Stop suffering social)
Gastbeitrag von Conny Roloff (Microsoft Technical Specialist Collaboration)
The wrinkles around my eyes tell everybody that I am not a natural member of the "Digital Native" generation. In my private life I am using social networks not much, even though my 13 years old daughter just joined Facebook and I forced her to accept me as a so called "friend".
The social story becomes more interesting for me if we look at enterprises and how social networks influence our daily work. At Microsoft all employees have a personal site with a newsfeed, communities and SkyDrive hosted in Office 365 since almost three months.
SharePoint Newsfeed, SharePoint Communities - just more noise? Many of us don't see a benefit - on the contrary many feel swamped by just again more information streams. At the same time they are already at the limit what they can handle. Microblogging is often seen as useless babbling to the world without any purpose. So what is the hazzle all about? In this article I'm trying to point this out for all who rather see a pain than a benefit in our own new social environment. The following questions came into my mind when I got my new personal site:
Good arguments for selling social Since I am a Information Worker tech sales person I also have to sell it. I am so happy that we have a compelling social story now. But what are the real benefits behind for an enterprise? I have to look for answers to the following questions:
You might have different and more questions - please let me know! I'll get the best arguments for my customers if I feel the benefit myself. Let's enable it for all of you!
The benefits after 3 months! To be clear: After not just 3 months I'm seeing big improvements in my daily work rising. That is the reason for this blog: I'd like to share my positive learning curve with you. In fact today I'm getting more useful information and less noise than ever before except by email which is still a mess. Most important improvements are
How To! So what have I done? Not much and it was easy - the main tasks are:
That's it. Over time you will find your "Follow" feed filled with interesting and useful posts. You will see when one of your experts starts following others and you can check if this is an interesting person for you as well and follow. You will be part of a group of people who are interested in you and who you are interested in. You will love checking your Newsfeed from now on! Do's and Don't's Of course there are several rules I suggest to consider: As a starting point I want to stress just a few:
Do you have other rules like this? Please let me know!
Do you have more Best Practices? There may be other useful capabilities and features we all can use. Share your experience!