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  Wednesday, May 28, 2003

  Between bloggers and their employers

A lot of thinking about problems that could happen between bloggers and their employers by Joshua Allen [via Serious Instructional Technology]

As long as your company views your blogging as "you chatting with your neighbors on your personal time", you pose little risk.  But the more that co-workers, CEOs, and so on are on-record as being cool with blogs, the more that blogs take on the timbre of being "official".  The more "official" that blogs are, the more perceived risk the company takes on by allowing you to blog.  And neither you nor your CEO is really keen to make things more complicated than they need to be.  And this is why, IMO, you see most companies and employees today still dancing around the issue of employee blogs and seemingly settling on a "don't ask, don't tell, and please for the love of God don't do anything stupid" policy.

Is it something to face?

More on: blogs in business 

  BlogTalk: follow-up citations

I'm not finished with BlogTalk follow-up writing, I only have a lot of work... So, before I post more, I have some pointers to others.

On live conference blogging, digital divide and echo chambers

Eamonn Fitzgerald

Here's the scene: Those with laptops and wireless internet connections were clicking away on their keyboards (although the network collapsed Saturday afternoon), and those with pens and paper, myself included, were scribbling and doodling. The digital division was made all the more visible by the fact that access to the power points meant that the live bloggers (photo credit: Heiko Hebig) were almost all arrayed around the podium, and those who were just looking and listening were arranged behind them in the remaining seats.

Steve Cayzer (see this page for the notes as well)

Well, I've just spent the afternoon blogging my notes at blogTalk. One thing's for sure, I sit on the side of the live bloggers. Sure, I understand Maria's concern about concern for the presenter ("Don't blog me, I'm real") but as Kieran says maybe it's just a matter of adjustment, Personally, I had no problem with it. Although maybe the people I fondly imagined were real time blogging my talk were catching up on their email. Or playing quake. As Lilia says, "blogging by 2-3 people is enough to provide quite good summary of what is going on". However, I find my own notes invaluable and I have to write a trip report anyway - so why not blog it? If anyone else finds them useful, that's great.

David Weinberger in Learning from echoes:

Echo chambers definitely do exist. Sometimes they exist precisely in order to solidify opinion. But not every case of homogeneity is an echo chamber. Because we can only understand the new in terms of the familiar (which is the same as saying that understanding means placing something in context), agreement is the ground on which learning can occur.

On business blogging

Heiko Hebig (bold is mine)

Corporate blogging: It really comes down to change management. Getting employees to blog is nothing different than getting them used to work with content management systems and/or intranets. It's about empowerment, it's about delegation, and it's about having the courage to drop yet another Internet buzzword inside a corporate environment that once saw it's share price double because it registered a funny .com domain name. Some CTOs or Managers will understand the potential value of weblogs and use them wisely, other will not care. The success of their company will not depend on whether or not it starts blogging. Their personal career will (very likely) not depend on weblogs, either. However, weblogs might make some tasks a lot easier. And weblogs certainly help people to network. If you believe in the power of (business) networks, weblogs should be on your agenda.
 About real-life people

Ton Zijlstra

Conversations are the most important part of any conference. In that sense it was a shame that delays in the program were compensated by cutting down on breaktimes. However interesting the presentations, and most of them were, I would have welcomed more individual face to face time during the day. The fact that at the last evening noone seemed able to detach himself from the group, and everybody stayed on till 4:30 in the morning to continue the conversations, totally unaware of their surroundings, supports this feeling.

To get a better feeling about people you may check Portraits by Oliver Wredecollection of pointers to BlogTalk photos by Maria or Selected quotes by Haiko Hebig.

And, finally, remember that real-life people are interested in cakes and not only in knoweldge management :)


all the knowledge management in the world can not help you find cake in downtown Vienna at 1 am.

Maria Milonas

I was there. It wasn't the question of a simple cake, Lilia needed a "torte". That's the problem... :)

Do you want to know about my main outcome of BlogTalk? My RSS subscription list is exploding. It's all about people...

More on: BlogTalk 

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