Friday, May 20, 2011
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I´m just starting with the M11 analysis. So far it seems that M11´s networking pathways are more homogenous, but the network density between females is significantly smaller than the one between males and even between males and females. Furthermore I found out that the older students are less well connected with each other while the younger students having more connections in the class.
We can use this post to collect data for the analysis.
Wishing you all a great evening.
To collect data from Twitter for pictures like the one from the demission of mubarak (see the video @ http://www.youtube.com/user/panisson ) you can start here http://dev.twitter.com/pages/api_overview, but it does not look like something very handy, its a developer thing, or does someone now the easy way?A short abstract:Start here to go further, API means "Aplication Programmer's Interface"
"The Twitter API consists of three parts: two REST APIs and a Streaming API. The two distinct REST APIs are entirely due to history. Summize, Inc. was originally an independent company that provided search capability for Twitter data. Summize was later acquired and rebranded as Twitter Search. Rebranding the site was easy, fully integrating Twitter Search and its API into the Twitter codebase is more difficult. It is in our pipeline to unify the APIs, but until resources allow the REST API and Search API will remain as separate entities. The Streaming API is distinct from the two REST APIs as Streaming supports long-lived connections on a different architecture."
Friday, May 13, 2011
I posted this article via E-Mail already as the blogspot server was down. Here is the same posting again.
2. The two basic kinds of networks that every leader needs: fishing nets for collecting the right kind of resources and safety nets for risk taking.
3. Closing thought: Do you have the right nets and are you using them correctly?
Part 2: Transcript
Thursday, May 12, 2011
You know that connecting to colleagues online has real benefits, but there are some things holding you back. If you’re worried about wasting time, losing your privacy, or struggling with your technical skills, don’t be — most social networks are safe and easy to use. That said, there are a few genuine concerns to be on alert for. Here’s a rundown of what you do — and don’t — need to worry about when networking online.
- It will become a time suck.
- This will only come true if you let it. While the initial setup process may take part of an afternoon, once you’re up and connected to colleagues, a social network won’t require much time to maintain. In fact, your network can save you time by helping you find who you need quickly. Of course, any social network will require a modicum of attention and time in order for you to get the most of it. But then again, so does e-mail, and you’d hardly want to give that up.
- I’ll lose my privacy.
- Nearly every social network has ways of ensuring that your profile data is only viewable to those you have invited to see it. A stranger browsing Google won’t be able to trawl for your email or contact info — unless you’ve put it in your public profile. And remember: You don’t have to list any contact info you’re not comfortable disclosing. Worries of identity theft are ill-founded as well, as even those within your network would never see information like your Social Security number, date of birth, or home address. Think of it this way: There’s already bountiful information about nearly everyone on the Internet these days. At least with a social network profile (which tends to rank highly on Google), you control some of it.
- I’m not tech savvy enough.
- If you’ve managed to click on and read this story, you’re more than savvy enough to use any social network. It’s true that some sites, such as MySpace, can expect users to know basic HTML, but both Facebook and LinkedIn do all the heavy lifting for you. LinkedIn, in particular, uses a clear, simple interface designed with the site’s average user — aged 41— in mind. Filling out an online profile is just like typing a resume or filling out a form, one that’s decidedly simpler than, say, a 1040A.
- I’ll be deluged with spam.
- Nearly every social network implements safeguards to keep spam at a minimum. And nearly every social network fails to some degree. MySpace saw users abandoning the site in droves after spam artists started using profiles as bait for illicit websites. Facebook users are sometimes deluged when friends inadvertently send out requests to install applications. And users on LinkedIn have been barraged with promotional emails or requests for introductions from overzealous contacts. MySpace and Facebook are still struggling with the issue, but there's a quick fix for LinkedIn. If someone’s outreach gets a little heavy handed, you can easily remove the pest from your contacts without them even knowing. (None of the major social networking sites inform contacts when you remove them from your network.)
- My personal and professional lives will collide.
- Who you are in the office can be very different from who you are outside of it, and online social networking can focus unwanted attention on that distinction. To avoid uncomfortable overlaps, make sure your contacts on LinkedIn are only those you know professionally. (Unless you’re both in the same field, it’s probably best to ignore your brother-in-law’s requests to link to you.) If you use sites like Facebook for professional networking, set up two separate accounts — one to meet with others in your industry, and another to keep up with friends from college.
- My mistakes will come back to haunt me.
- A stain on your virtual record can be difficult to get rid of. Specious advice, passive-aggressive recommendations, a white lie about your job history — these things can stick around for years after the fact. And don’t assume that simply deleting your profile will fix the problem. Facebook faced a wave of anger from users this February after it was discovered that bits of old profiles remained even after users deleted them. (Facebook now says the problem is fixed). Just as with e-mail, think twice before you type.
Social media are increasingly used by not only private content but also business relevant content. Corporations are often not able to control the transmitted data, i.e. encyption is used by the social networks. This may be dangerous and expensive for the corporations in the case of espionage.
Therefore you can find a certain relation between intelligence analysis in the military and SNA in the business world. Also in the business world recognizing personal relationships and their impact on the community of all stakeholders has become a more complex task due to the digital revolution and its social media. As the military has to understand enemies' SOP, business leaders have to disclose unwritten rules and hidden social networks, that have an impact on employees behavior, not to beat the enemy, but to improve communication, the capability to be innovative, and the willingness to change.
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Colleagues, who form social networks, are more effective in knowledge sharing and knowledge transfer, as
a) social networks generally provide better opportunities for interpersonal contact and people have more positive feelings about sharing ideas and resources with closely related people
b) with an extensice network, each employee perceives greater social
pressure for sharing their knowledge (because of the high expectations of colleagues, including favorable actions). --> People who build a social network may be expected to share their knowledge
That means, for this issues of knwoledge management, organizational success can be directly related to social networks within the organiaztion. Moreover, in times of fluctuating workforces and retirements of large parts of the workforces, knowledge sharing and -transfer are highly relevant for the overall and sustainable success of an organization. So, it is a critical task for HR departments to recruite people who share common interests (and goals) and therefore to support the formation of social networks in order to stabilize and develop the whole organization.
Key points of the social networking article I have found interesting:
- Has been a topic in science since 1954
- Weak ties can be important
- Small world phenomenon: Following a short chain "contacts of contacts", everyone in the world is connected with one another
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
The article is in German, and was published on Spiegel Online in January 2011. Though, nice top-level and easy to grasp introduction into the topic, and the links to the original study are provided.
But: Intensifying contacts is a long-term strategy.
Monday, May 9, 2011
In his article, Ben Quinn of The Guardian refers to a study claiming that “most users of social networking sites have more friends in cyberspace than reality”. It even says that the average person has double the amount of online friends than physical ones and that people tend to be more open and honest with their friends in cyberspace than their real-life friends.
Does this mean social networks provide for a new quality of friends? Does this mean we need to redefine our personal notion of what a real friend is to us? Will one day the sheer number of online friends one has been able to gather count more than less than a handful of real good friends that are ready to be physically there when you really need them?
Yes, I agree that the world wide web may help facilitate “friendships” for those amongst us who are isolated due to illness or other reasons and that it may foster a sense of social connection. But will the internet be able to replace a real friend who is there for us in dire times of need? Will it replace a friend who stands by us with his deeds rather than words of wisdom or “like it” comments?
Even though it may be possible to develop deep and meaningful connections with people that I have never met, I will continue to nurture my real-life friends and be physically there for them when they need me and I can only hope that they will do the same.
The article may be found at: http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2011/may/09/social-network-users-friends-online
1. Express more vulnerability
2. Mix professional and personal lives
4. Promote others
5. Actively seed, feed and weed
The artical has been discussed by many blockers in a very controverse way. The people are diverse and acting different in their networking behaviour.
Scanning the prior posts, it is evident that the majority predominantly associates social networks with social media and in particular with the internet. Needless to say that the several platforms such as “facebook” or “linkedin” provide tremendous information, although I do believe that they should not be overemphasized. However, for organizational success other issues are more significant. A good introduction into different kinds of social networks is given in the HBR paper “A Practical Guide to Social Networks”. In this paper one can find both theory and application in some case studies so that I find it quite informative.
This article discusses the problem of the perception of the reality that is displayed within the World Wide Web focusing mainly on facebook, twitter and google. It outlines the fact that filters are used in order to display the information to users. Facebook, for example, uses an algorithm to collect the content the user is able to see. As a result a user sees mainly the information of people or sources he has often contacted in the past and the probability that he sees other information of people he hasn’t contacted within a long time is comparably low. Facebook doesn’t publish the complex algorithm but confirmed the vague explanation mentioned before.
But more interesting is the discussion about the filters that are used whether they are necessary and what are the implications of filters?
According to Zuckberg filter are necessary (“the facebook effect“) and yes, there are some advantages of filters, they try to give the user orientation within the information flood of the World Wide Web. But it also has a dangerous side, when users don’t know about the functions of filters and stop to questioning the information they get displayed, for the reason that with this function the worldview of the user is intensified. Therefore not knowing of the impact of filters could give user the impression that the whole world has the same believes even though it just a result out of the user defined part of the World Wide Web that is displayed. Contrary discussions, which are fundamental for further development, are not possible within an environment that uses filters, which leads to questions and concerns when observing the fast increasing usage of the Internet as well as social networks for an increasing amount of actives.
Die ganze Welt ist einer Meinung - Konrad Lischka writes about the pre-filtered web
(This article is unfortunately in German. I could not find a similar article in English. Nevertheless I think the problem that is discussed is highly interesting and relevant and therefore I like to share my thoughts concerning this article with you.)
Megasuccessful - Paul Boutin writes about the Book “the facebook EFFECT“
The great thing about this emerging field called social network analysis is that what we discover in one domain, e.g. political organizations, is almost-always useful in others, e.g. businesses. So it's not just OK, it's very useful to use examples from one field to help understand or explain things in another.
OK, now let's get back to business and the the theme for our weekend--thoughts about where this is all leading us.
Facebook at that time served as one of the most important communication medium for the Tunisian people as well as for the Tunisian activists. As the regime tried to undermine this medium (by actually hacking the Facebook accounts by stealing the passwords of the Tunisian people with a man-in-the-middle attach) Facebook responded with a clever and real social approach to this key logger.
I like this story for four reasons:
1.) It shows in a very well written manner the use of social media in a recent conflict
2.) It illustrates the vulnerability of this media to censorship (other examples include China, North Korea etc.)
3.) It outlines why social media is social and that sometimes seemingly easy solution to a problem (how to prevent the hacking of the Tunisian regime by means of a "mother's maiden name" question)
4.) The German article is written by one of my favorite bloggers Sascha Lobo (can recommend his blog on Spiegel online as well as the blogs on: http://saschalobo.com/ and http://riesenmaschine.de/
This story is a good example how Social Networks can become a real tool for democratic movements instead of a simple time waster (as it is most of the time in my case).
Original story in English:
Story adapted by German blogger Sascha Lobo:
Sunday, May 8, 2011
This is an article from the press, The New Yorker, written by Malcolm Gladwell in October 2010. I find it an excellent read and very interesting because it actually challenges the idea of true effectiveness of the digital instruments of social media/social networking that in general, are probably more thought of forming the future success for organizations, movements, actions and alike. It gives plenty of interesting examples, also from Germany. There are so many articles that support the theme we have been given for next weekend, so I found this article quite refreshing and standing out from the masses as opposing/refuting it.
Although this article has received some critics (as all thought provoking ones do) claiming that the writer gets social networks wrong, and even if the readers do not have to agree with everything that the writer says, and personally I am not sure if I agree with all his arguments either, it does inspire thoughts and gives also some other aspects to consider related to our theme.
So, hope this can offer you some new ideas and point of views, and assist in your process of coming to your own conclusion concerning our theme.