Category Archives: social media on the intranet

Announcing two new blogs

Hello loyal subscribers!

I’m changing tack! To follow my continued interest in creating better communities, better teams and better ways of working together, I’m leaving the social media ocean, which has met many of the needs of individuals but has struggled to build collaboration and dependable communities.

So  as I head into new waters, I’d like to invite you to join me.  The new waters are:

The Sea of Meetings

We all have meetings and I guess we all feel they could be a bit more efficient.  I’m going to be focusing specifically on the structure of meetings: agendas, minutes and actions – helping people to get the meeting, this fundamental unit of team work, right. How can we use web technology to make meetings altogether better and more productive?

The blog for this is – a web resource for anyone searching for advice on running great meetings. It features my own posts and also guest posts – so if you have a view of meetings that you’d like to share – ping me a mail ( – and I’ll send you a brief. - meeting advice blog

The Big Game River

Games are everywhere, we play them everyday, we just don’t usually call them out as such. Whether it is ‘levelling up’ at work with a promotion or losing points on your driving licence, the mechanics of gameplay are often used.  Over the next few years, as a new generation of workers join the workplace, those brought up with the benefits of game playing, will expect those same benefits when applied to work. Common game benefits such as transparency of how to win (which points make prizes) and visibility of progress and where you stand versus colleagues (leaderboard) will become standard.

I’m launching a blog to track and analyse this change – called ‘Gamification Of Work‘ – do subscribe and keep track on the Game Layer at the top of the world….

And social?

I’m afraid that means the end of blogging at The Social Bazaar – the social layer is built, it is now widely understood, now on to build the game layer…  join me

Spotify Etiquette


Spotify machine at nudge london

Spotify machine at nudge london



So we’re using the awesome Spotify music service here in the Nudge office and have come up with a few rules of use which I share here.

1. Only one person active at one time

You can either grab the keyboard of the spotify machine or move the mouse using WinVNC (a remote desktop tool) but only one person at a time.

2. Don’t queue thousands of tracks

Just stick to a couple of albums at a time, while Carpenters might be a nice album break from constant Linkin Park, no-one wants to hear every song they ever wrote – just because you could doesn’t mean you should.

3. Don’t delete the queue

Ok so you’ve got a song you must play – feel free to jump the queue but don’t delete the queue – hey it took me at least 30 seconds to get that play queue set up.

4. Don’t add to a playlist unless you’re sure

We have a few fave shared playlists – like the current Top 40, the Nudge HQ hot list and my own Wake Me Up which I use fairly  often in place or with caffeine. Our rule is keep emlean and clean.

5. Use Spotify Friends to expand your music taste

This neat little website holds some great playlists – why be a DJ when you can enjoy someone else’s taste…

Top 5 Web 2.0 development technologies to watch in 2008

I was asked to advise a budding web developer on what technologies to get into for 2008. Here’s the list I gave her. Would you agree?
1. Maps API’s – there is probably enough work around just integrating mapping into people’s web sites for them. (Google, Yahoo and all have APIs)
2. Drupal – lots of people need intranets and drupal works really well for this – most of the work is configuration rather than hard programming
3. Silverlight / – this is the top of the range one – Microsoft release Surface next year, likely to drive demand for apps in this technology.
4. Facebook Platform – it feels like flavour of the month I know but it’s so wonderful it’s likely to be around for a while.
5. Netvibes UWA – Netvibes have a universal widget architecture that actually works on lots of different platforms – saves having to write widgets several times (see illustration)

Have your say, why not comment to this note on your top five web 2 technologies to watch in 2008.

Breast Cancer Care choose Drupal for their intranet

When you’re a UK charity you can be very creative in your uses of scarce resources.
Charities can be a great example of putting Web 2 principles of using other people’s platforms to meet your own goals. Typically you can let other people do 95% of the work and you just add your 5%.
When Breast Cancer Care picked an intranet platform, instead of going for an off the shelf intranet package or a bespoke build, they instead chose to rebrand the Drupal Content Management System, an open source community web site platform, and use it internally.
They then used an external consultant (me) to tweak the platform so it could talk to their existing internal web library services. It launched last month and is used in their 4 offices by more than 250 staff.
The installation includes forums, calendar, searchable contact list, configurable user profiles (including a popular “favourite hot drink and how you like it” field), news stories, document library and web forms.
Lisa Wade, Internal Communications Manager, explains “We did a thorough evaluation of our options and chose Drupal mainly because of the fact that it allows staff members to contribute to the intranet in a way they wouldn’t be able to with other systems. Work was required to adapt the system to meet our needs, but with Toby’s help we now have the intranet we needed.”
Cost wise Breast Cancer Care have a successful intranet that costs a 10th of what an off the shelf intranet might have, and better still they have the control over the code to make the system do exactly what they want – a great example of taking commoditised software that’s freely available on the web and adding your own 5%.
Much better than writing the whole thing from scratch. A very Web 2.0 concept.
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