I’m starting to see an increase in announcements of content management solutions which are packaging up content curation functionality, The functionality allows content editors to search for content sources around a particular topic, and provide various automation techniques to the way these sources are filtered, and presented in an aggregated publication.

The automation tools are improving and are already starting to exert a disruptive influence on the process of collecting online research.

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Socialisation of the Organisation

Having worked in Knowledge Management for a large multinational I have had experience in the challenges involved in realising the value of shared wisdom across the organisation, without enforcing the burden of overcomplicated information categorisations.

So I read with excitement this manifesto on Social Architecture which provides a cleverly thought out view on how organisations can embrace socialisation to generate real value.

Life socialises their Timeline maker

Life.com is now allowing people to use their photos and their timeline maker to tell and share stories.

Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo and Google users can connect to Life.com using their preferred profile and begin creating a timeline right away. Completed timelines can also be shared on Facebook.

The Life.com editorial staff has created some sample timelines to give you a taste of what you can create such as the vibrant World Cup Winners Throughout the Years

Check it out http://www.life.com/timeline

Tweeting Bike for Festival updates

The East Festival in London will feature Pete Fowler keeping festival fans updated via his freshly painted Tweeting Bike.

Pete Fowler's Tweeting Bike

Pete Fowler's Tweeting Bike

It’s a novel way to promote the festival and the @eastfestival twitter address as no doubt Pete will attract attention as he rides through the east london district.

You can check out Pete’s Flickr photo set here and follow the overall festival news via @eastfestival, or via the cleverly named #twike hashtag.

The agency behind this initiative is Chance Collective #twike

Google Wave explained

One of the hottest news for social communication this month was the beta launch of Google Wave.
Like a lot of people, I’m still waiting for my Beta invite – Google released 100K invites on Sept 30, 2009, and hopefully a 2nd wave of invites will come soon.  {Update : Thanks to Gus for sending me a twitter invite soon after this post was published)

Social media used for digital activism

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This video describes how social media is being used in Lebanon for “di­gi­tal­ acti­v­i­sm­”.

Successful cause initiatives such as Kiva (Microfinance),  myC4 (Microfinance & Mentoring), Build An African School (Financing new schools in Africa) and MobileMovement (Microfinance using mobiles) all understand that the social media landscape provide consumers the means to more deeply engage with the cause, and in doing that these initiatives are reaping the benefits of communal support.

Social Media – Finding your voice

Often one of the hardest challenge of engaging with Social Media is to find your voice.

It often involves trial and error as well as feedback from trusted friends.

This week I gave a presentation to the Future Leaders meeting in Sydney and as well as providing insight into what Social Media is, I talked through the process for getting engaged and identifying your niche.

New business model for news !

Recently, I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about the emergence of “Content Exchange networks”, as I predict significant changes in the value chain of content creation and distribution over the next few years.

Related to this is the changing impact to the news industry.

So it was with interest that I read Jeff Jarvis (of Buzzmachine)’s presentation that examines the changing business models for news publication and distribution in light of social collaboration.  Jeff is planning to give the presentation to CUNYGraduate School of Journalismm, and has put a draft up on Slideshare for comment.

Gartner’s Community Engagement quadrant

Gartner has released some new research which describes how various people engage in online communities.

Using the term “Generation V”, the research confirms that segments do not relate to age, gender, geographic location or social class, but instead are grouped by their interactions and behavioural usage preferences of digital media consumption.

The 4 levels of engagement in Gartner’s model are creators, contributors, opportunists, and lurkers.