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Graphical Search Engines: Kartoo

Graphical Search Engines: Kartoo
KartOO is a meta search engine which presents its results nicely grouped into a graphical map showing the different clusters of search results so you can easily select and continue searching within the relevant clusters.

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Chief Blogging Officer: Please Apply Here

Chief Blogging Officer: Please Apply Here
Workforce Management Magazine reports on the growing trend for blue-chip organizations to take blogging seriously and even appoint Chief Blogging Officers (CBOs). Is it the natural evolution of blogging into the corporate world or does it totally miss the point of blogging in terms of personality, "human-ness" and authenticity?

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Why Most Online Communities Fail

Why Most Online Communities Fail
Ben Worthen, writing for the Wall Street Journal (July 16, 2008), reports on a Deloitte survey of over 100 businesses who set up online communities. They found that most of them (>75%) failed and were more like ghost towns than thriving communities. There were 3 main reasons they failed....

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Wired Magazine features Bioteams

Wired Magazine features Bioteams
Are you smarter than a goose? Sure you are -- one on one. But when it comes to working efficiently, you and your colleagues can't touch the gaggle. According to author Ken Thompson, geese and other animals that naturally form groups have a lot to teach us about business. In a theory he calls organizational biomimetics, Thompson lays out the principles underlying nature's management strategies. So what can you learn from a bird or an ant? Take a gander. Katharine Gammon at Wired Magazine reports.

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The Bioteams blog: Robin Good uncovers the inside story

The Bioteams blog: Robin Good uncovers the inside story
Robin Good, as part of his Professional Blogging Series has published an excellent set of 5 short video interview clips of when we met at his office in Rome earlier in the summer to discuss how the bioteams.com blog came about, what was involved in building up its readership, what were the main benefits and what was learned from the whole blogging experience.

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Amazing teamwork without technology: the dabbawala collective

Amazing teamwork without technology: the dabbawala collective
The Economist, July 16th 2008, reports on “The cult of the dabbawala” a 5000 strong collective who are the direct descendants of a 17th century Indian warrior king. The dabbawalla have developed a fantastic reputation for organisational excellence and amazing teamwork all based on a collective leadership model without the need for any technology!

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Bioteams and Twitter: interactive poll results: NLAB Social Networks Conference

Bioteams and Twitter: interactive poll results: NLAB Social Networks Conference
*** STOP PRESS *** Stunning Interactive Poll results from NLAB Social Networks Conference. Q1 Would your work team be better or worse if it organised itself more like your favourite sports team? - Only 7% say it would make things worse! Q2 Does Twitter (and other such tools) distract from work and is it worth it? - Yes it does but Yes it is!

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Social networks help smokers quit: new research

Social networks help smokers quit: new research
New Scientist reports on new research at the Harvard Medical School which suggests that targeting anti-smoking campaigns at social networks, rather than individuals, is a more effective way to reduce smoking rates.

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Email address fakers targeted by new open standard

Email address fakers targeted by new open standard
One of the biggest nuisances on the web today is when somebody sends out SPAM pretending to be from your email. This is known as Sender Address Forgery and it could become a thing of the past due to a new open standard called Sender Policy Framework (SPF).

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Mobile Digital Nomads on the rise

Mobile Digital Nomads on the rise
An excellent article in The Economist (10th April 2008), Nomads at last, describes the growing band of “digital nomads” who travel light from oasis to oasis with only an iPhone or a Blackberry and traces how they evolved from “digital astronauts” (who carried all their vital supplies with them) through “digital hermit crabs” (with a basic shell of devices, batteries and connectors) to their current digital nomadic form.

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