Bill Anderson, blogging colleague Victoria Axelrod, Renny B. Amundsen and Ed Vielmetti were all kind enough to add thought provoking comments to my earlier post reflecting on 20 years online. The result, thinking back to some of the interesting topics uncovered in research for our Knowledge Tree article. Here's some additional thoughts building on their insights.
1. Paying Attention to What we Leave Behind and Managing Identity
Bill Anderson, your observation that:
"Then again, maybe it won't be so great. I don't know about you, but I keep various aspects (not all aspects)of my life separate. And I like it that way."
reminded me of Sandy Pentland and co's work at the MIT Media Lab we've been following. If you are not tracking you might find interesting for considering the breadcrumb trails we leave through our connected lives. And to me this study of "Cooperation and Conflict between Authors with history flow Visualizations" is stunning.
Victoria, thanks for the pointers to considering our "separate identities" and the move to managing a "single profile" as social networking unfolds.
2. Patti Anklam's "Networks in the World"
Ed Vielmetti, absolutely resonated with your:
"It's really remarkable now that you can bootstrap a 100 person organization.. with no code and no cash outlays (as long as you are will(ing) to tolerate a few advertisements sprinkled throughout)."
For our article I talked with Patti Anklam whom you might know, author of Net Work. Patti speaks about how, in a networked world, we can create "ad hoc organizations"... "to create articles, do business together, learn by stretching ourselves into different media".
I don't know your take on Yochai Benkler's "Wealth of Networks" but to me it seems organizations generally need to be paying closer attention to dynamically creating "networks in the world" and leveraging "social production" for nimble operation in a connected world.
3. What's Next?
Trust Renny that you will share highlights of your speech to the software company user group.
Thanks everyone for rich comments. Appreciated.
~ Jenny Ambrozek