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December 02, 2004
Thursday
Intranet, blogs and value
Adriana Cronin-Lukas • Blogs & Blogging • Products & Services • Internal blogs • Events 
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I just returned from a conference called Online Information (they must be from the early net days when the combination of these words must have seem revolutionary) where I was speaking at a session about adding value to intranets. My spiel was about blogs in general and internal blogs in particular. I have been asked to step in for someone else only a couple of weeks ago and I am glad I managed to rally and put something together.

My main point was that all the projects whose objective is to stimulate information sharing, collaboration, creativity and innovation within companies have to be aware that they are working on a human solution, not a technological one. The implementation and the format of the solution has technological aspects but these will amount to nothing is the basic unit of a company, the individual, is not taken into account.

I enjoyed talking about blogs and what they are capable of to an audience consisting of people who can actually put them to good use and make a difference. I got a chance to have a quick chat with a few of them afterwards and look forward to hearing from those who found my talk interesting enough to get in touch. There is a lot more, where that came from!

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My first slide

Oh, one of the people who approached me handed me a little leaflet saying: You’ve been blogged! Marvellous! There is a blog covering the conference, Infotodayblog.com and it’s a good one. (But no permalinks, as Christina’s LIS Rant points out.)

Update:  Here is the presentation in full. It’s PowerPoint, so hold your horses. 

November 20, 2004
Saturday
Blogging - a time saver?
Adriana Cronin-Lukas • Blogs & Blogging • Blogs in the media • Products & Services • Internal blogs 
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Sure. That’s what Dianne Marsh, a co-founder of SRT Solutions and president of the Ann Arbor Computer Society, thinks:

It’s a time saver. A lot of companies are asking employees to write down what they do on a daily basis. It makes a lot more sense to keep that as a blog.

You don’t say. grin They also cottoned up onto the fact that blogging provides the convenience of a Web site but is a far less static environment.

It’s becoming a pain and a commodity, calling someone to constantly add content to your site. (Blogging) is a much more efficient way to keep your site up to date.

Indeed. The more people realise this, the better.

For example, Stardock‘s 25 employees built a public blog for customers to sound off on the software as well as an internal blog for software developers in Australia, Brazil, Great Britain, Italy and Poland. The technology has helped form a “community” for employees, most of whom have never met face to face, said Stardock president and CEO Brad Wardell.

As more and more companies go virtual, they have to have a way to create a more cohesive environment for their employees, and blogs help do that.

Yes, they do indeed. Internal blogs are a perfect tool for creativity and a bottom-up collaboration. 

October 05, 2004
Tuesday
Beyond the “living résumé”: Blogs and recruitment
Jackie Danicki • Blogs & Blogging • Blogs in the media • Products & Services • Internal blogs • Trends 
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Via BL Ochman, I see that this past Sunday’s New York Times featured an article on how blogs are used in recruitment (annoyingly, a subscription is required to read the NYT’s content). As well as job seekers using a company’s blog(s) to get a feel for the corporate culture and whether or not it would be a good place to work, and writing their own blogs as “living résumés,” employers are increasingly scouring blogs for leads on candidates. Heather Hamilton, senior marketing recruiter at Microsoft, says that she has found great candidates through blogging, and that she thinks blogs will change how companies recruit. That echoes what Thomas Nelson Publishers’ COO Michael Hyatt told me recently:

I think it’s a way to contribute back to our industry and recruit new talent to our company. I have had several people write to say, “Gee, I’d like to work for a company that is this forward-thinking.”

But the recruitment and HR uses for blogs go much further than the NYT piece explores. 

September 16, 2004
Thursday
Blogs within a corporation
Adriana Cronin-Lukas • Blogs & Blogging • Products & Services • Internal blogs 
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Pontificating about blogs in corporations today on the CEO bloggers club

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