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LinkedIn Today - Another News Aggregator on the Block
Monday, 20th May 2013
LinkedIn's recent purchase of the Pulse news app appeared to signal a move towards news aggregation. This was confirmed last week, when the business networking site launched a revamp of its social news service, LinkedIn Today. Users can now read content from credible news sources covering a range of business categories.
Encouraging Collaboration Within Law Firms
Friday, 17th May 2013
Failure, that's a horrible word to use at the start of an article. But that's essentially what this article is going to be about and, more specifically, why (some say) internal collaboration tools within law firms are doomed to fail. However, failure can also be useful in understanding how tools such as intranets, or collaboration tools like Confluence, are used and what could drive future projects to success.
Safety in Numbers? Crowdfunding and Competitive Intelligence
Thursday, 16th May 2013
In the years since crowdfunding started generating millions in funding, writers have covered crowdfunding projects either as success stories like Amanda Palmer's $1.25 million project, or they give marketing advice. This article shows how crowdfunding platforms (CFPs) such as Kickstarter and Crowdcube, reward or equity-based, could be a source of competitive intelligence.
Do Intranets Really Need to be Social?
Tuesday, 14th May 2013
Social intranets have promised a lot but they have to some extent failed to deliver on this promise - so are social features such as activity streams, profiles and forums really necessary for internal communication? James Mullan reviews what you need to consider when planning to implement social tools on an intranet.
Gleaning Competitive Intelligence from Crowdfunding
Tuesday, 14th May 2013
With the US JOBS Act opening up the crowdfunding market to venture capital in the US, the business world has taken notice of the new market. This article suggests that crowdfunding platforms (based on the combination of crowdsourcing and microfinance) offer access to open source market data - ready to be mined by information professionals.
Big Data - Time To Get Out Of Your Comfort Zone?
Monday, 13th May 2013
Recent reports by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) and Cisco about the importance of mastering big data for future corporate success should represent opportunities for information managers. Yet the latest Business Information Review (BIR) survey shows that information services are, as yet, little involved in big data projects. BIR also highlights other areas where info pros may be missing out, and reports that the most successful information services are the ones that are adding value through activities well outside their comfort zone.
Big Data Gets Sociable
Friday, 10th May 2013
Victor Camlek examines how the huge pot of social networking data is set to take the big data world by storm, impacting on sales, marketing, research and KM professionals across all fields.
Is It Time to Give Google+ Another Go?
Monday, 6th May 2013
There are still a lot of misconceptions about what Google+ is and how it can be used. James Mullan asks whether it is time to give Google+ another go and explores facets such as Communities, Circles and Sparks and how they can be used in a professional context. He also looks into the way that Google+ lends itself to smartphone and iPad use.
Big Data... And the Information Professional
Friday, 3rd May 2013
Big data undoubtedly presents opportunities for information professionals. Victor Camlek looks at FreePint's recent articles on the topic to examine how info pros can demonstrate that their skill sets make them ideally suited to a career involving big data.
Printable FreePint Subscription Articles
Thursday, 2nd May 2013
In the latest FreePint development, a new option is now available for FreePint Subscription articles. Complementing the existing sharing and starring/saving options, FreePint Subscription articles are now printable, allowing you to share more easily with colleagues or to keep them in hard copy for future reference.
Has LinkedIn Got its Finger on the Pulse of its Contacts?
Wednesday, 1st May 2013
There have been a number of very interesting announcements from LinkedIn recently. Amongst these was their purchase of Pulse, a newsreader application that aggregates news sources. How will this acquisition and other announcements such as the new LinkedIn Contacts App enhance our LinkedIn experience?
FreePint Report: Internal Communications
Tuesday, 30th April 2013
This collection of FreePint articles on internal communications presents a fascinating range of topics. Communications professionals now have a plethora of choices both of device and tool. Identifying the strengths, weaknesses, appropriateness and security of internal tools from SharePoint to...
The Inexorable Rise of Social Knowledge Management
Friday, 26th April 2013
One of the biggest challenges faced by information professionals is getting the right information to the right people at the right time. Whilst traditional knowledge management techniques have worked for many years, we're beginning to see a new trend: the use of Social KM techniques. James Mullan asks why social is so important and questions how employers can encourage staff to share information in the legal sector and elsewhere.
An Array of Needs in Mobile Content: A View from the FreePint Community of Practice
Thursday, 25th April 2013
The mobile environment is a dynamic one. Robin Neidorf offers an update into how organisations are tackling the challenge of making content mobile, which devices are proving the most popular and which barriers to implementation remain. Security and authentication issues are discussed alongside BYOD and softer challenges such as users' lack of information literacy skills.
Living (and Coping) with Big Data
Thursday, 25th April 2013
As we launch our series devoted to big data we begin to see that many articles and features, even when they are not tagged as "big data", definitely fit within this domain. Victor Camlek reviews recent FreePint articles and features and presents his view on three developments related to big data, in fields ranging from sales to social media and academic publishing.
Social Media Disclosure Means More Headaches for Info Pros
Wednesday, 24th April 2013
The United States Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) has ruled that companies may use social media to disclose company information so long as investors know to look for it there. But, despite services like Thomson Reuters’ Accelus Disclosure Solutions, there’s always the risk of unauthorised premature announcements. Pressure from Ovum on European banks to improve their social media presence, and new UK rules on directors’ remuneration reporting, could also complicate the situation – not to mention findings from Pew that social media comment may not even be representative of opinion generally.
The Importance of Knowledge Management and KM roles
Wednesday, 24th April 2013
In an organisation that has been using knowledge management for a while there are likely to be several roles that facilitate the creation and dissemination of knowledge, identify the KM strategy, choose the KM tools, help users make the most of the KM system, and much more. The question is, "Why are these roles so important?" James Mullan explores KM in organisations and identifies key roles and responsibilities.
Understanding Big Data
Friday, 19th April 2013
In the first of his series of three articles introducing and defining big data and its importance for the information professional, Victor Camlek posits the notion of the "Four Vs" as they apply to big data and explores how the big data phenomenon came into being.
Do Legal Firms Need Client-Facing Systems?
Thursday, 18th April 2013
Law firms are under increasing pressure to provide more services to clients for less money. In this context you would expect to see innovative client-facing solutions being developed. But this doesn't appear to be the case. Why is this? James Mullan explores the drivers and blocks to development of systems such as extranets and collaborative platforms for the legal sector.
LinkedIn Purchases Pulse & Moves Closer to Being a Publishing Platform
Wednesday, 17th April 2013
LinkedIn's purchase of the Pulse news app is the company's latest move in news aggregation, building on its introduction of LinkedIn Today and the Influencer discovery tool over the last couple of years. The acquisition of mobile news specialist Pulse is the next step towards the business networking site becoming "the definitive professional publishing platform".