Weekly digest of week 41 2009

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This weekly digest is created to keep you informed about the latest developments concerning the topics of our community of practice. This week nice tools for PowerPoint to integrate Twitter in your presentations, top 10 web collaboration tools and a five minute presentation on how you can effectively visualize information. Intranets – stop benchmarking, start […]

This weekly digest is created to keep you informed about the latest
developments concerning the topics of our community of practice. This
week nice tools for PowerPoint to integrate Twitter in your presentations, top 10 web collaboration tools and a five minute presentation on how you can effectively visualize information.

  • Intranets – stop benchmarking, start leading
    For a while now, of all the big analyst firms, Forrester has continued
    to output some well thought out research and analysis on the
    information management space. Along with this piece on workforce
    technology adoption (summarised on ReadWrite Enterprise) and also
    another on barriers to intranet use (discussed by Bill Ives on the Fast
    Forward blog).
  • Social media gains importance to packagers and suppliers
    Emerging forms of communication prove valuable for packaging professionals worldwide
  • Apple Tablet To Redefine Newspapers, Textbooks and Magazines
    Several years ago, a modified version of OS X was presented to Steve
    Jobs, running on a multitouch tablet. When the question “what would
    people do with this?” couldn’t be answered, they shelved it. Long
    having established music, movie and TV content, Apple is working hard
    to load up iTunes with print content from several major publishing
    houses across several media.
  • Facebook Cracks Down on Devs, Suspends Apps Over Bad Ads
    In its first big move to implement the stricter ad guidelines it
    introduced this summer, Facebook recently suspended applications that
    served advertisements with deceptive content within them. The apps were
    suspended without warning, leaving developers confused as to why
    Facebook took this action and didn’t give them a chance to handle the
    offending ads first, according to Nick O’Neill over at AllFacebook, who
    first reported the story over the weekend. This confusion is likely a
    result of a problem we discussed earlier: Facebook’s vagueness about
    how its ad approval process actually works.
  • Podcasting Just Might Be the Tool to Revolutionize Education
    Schools all over the country have flocked to podcasting as a new medium
    to assist the teaching profession. Professors are using podcasts to
    instruct students and get their messages out. Podcasting is not
    restricted to one educational sector, professors at prestigious
    colleges from Bentley to Purdue have flocked to this medium.
  • Powers of 10: Time Scales in User Experience
    From 0.1 seconds to 10 years or more, user interface design has many
    different timeframes, and each has its own particular usability issues.
  • Top 10 Web Collaboration Tools (That Aren’t Google Wave) – Collaboration – Lifehacker
    You’ve probably heard about a hard-to-get, hugely new service called
    Google Wave. Lest ye forget, there are plenty of web-based
    collaboration tools that don’t require learning a new way of speaking.
    Here are a few of our (mostly free) favorites.
  • FREE PowerPoint Twitter Tools | Based on SAP BusinessObjects Xcelsius technology
    A beta version of PowerPoint Twitter Tools is now available for
    testing. Based on SAP BusinessObjects Xcelsius technology, the twitter
    tools allow PowerPoint presenters to see and react to tweets in
    real-time, embedded directly within their presentations, either as a
    ticker or refreshable comment page.
  • Ident Engine – A JavaScript library that retrieves and aggregates profiles from across the web
    Without much conscious thought, most of us have built identities across
    the web. We’ve filled in profiles, uploaded photos, videos, reviews and
    bookmarks. The Ident Engine uses semantic web API’s to bring together
    these web footprints.
  • » Would You Please Block? Bud the Teacher
    Ever since we opened up lots more of the Internet in our school
    district earlier this year, the district has received several requests
    from teachers and other staff to block resources that are distractions
    in the classroom. I’ve written a stock response to those requests that
    I thought might be worth sharing. It’s my hope that their requests and
    the conversations that come from this response lead to changes in
    classroom practice.

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Rick Mans is a social media evangelist within Capgemini. You can follow and connect with him via Twitter or Delicious

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