Blogging is fantastic for getting opinions out there, sharing useful information and developing a community, but what else is out there? There are so many web services and technologies that take advantage of web 2.0 concepts. They can be used to connect people or just make life easier, personally or in the enterprise.Social networking would have to be the most common web 2.0 with sites such as facebook, with over 250 million active users and others like myspace and bebo. These sites are great for connecting people and sharing information but there is so much more!
Blogs and wikis help bring us services such as wordpress and wikipedia. Sites like delicious for bookmark management, expensr for expense management, remember the milk, doodle, Flickr and the lists go on! There are so many tools out there that can help you out and i suggest you all get into it.
So what about the usage of web 2.0 technologies in the enterprise? It may surprise you but yes these tools are being used in business more and more every day and there are so many good reasons for it.
- LinkedIn is one of the most popular business networking websites, linking employees and developing business contacts
- Rather than having physical meeting with clients and colleges, you can use online messaging and video conferencing such as google talk or skype
- Services such as Yammer and twitter allow co-workers to update each other using a micro-blogging platform as an employee management tool
- 14dayz for tracking the time spent by groups on projects
Social Bright posted a great blog listing tonnes of web 2.0 tools you can use personally and in your business, check it out HERE. Undoubtedly you will find some new tools that will benefit you.
I leave you with this video i found from the very well know technology company Oracle, known widely for their database software. Here Thomas Kurian from Oracle is talking about how the company has tightly integrated enterprise 2.0 functionality into their own software so business can harness this. Also i would recommend looking at other videos from the OracleVideo youtube channel that contains eight short videos of an interview with Andrew McAfee, a well known web 2.0 professor i have mentioned in previous blog posts.