Weekly digest of week 43 2009

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This week a virtual workforce found in Kenyan refugee camp, email will not be replaced by social media , youth cannot live without the Internet and how to protect your intellectual property. Youth ‘cannot live’ without web A survey of 16 to 24 year olds has found that 75% of them feel they “couldn’t live” […]

This week a virtual workforce found in Kenyan refugee camp, email will not be replaced by social media , youth cannot live without the Internet and how to protect your intellectual property.

  • Youth ‘cannot live’ without web
    A survey of 16 to 24 year olds has found that 75% of them feel they “couldn’t live” without the internet.
  • Software ahead of the curve: Google Wave
    Google Wave, is the hottest thing on the web at this current moment.
    And to be frank marks the start of Google’s rise in my estimations and
    their commitment to the web as the platform. When I first saw the
    Google IO video was impressed and seeked out my wave invite I would
    have got if I had gone to the London event. So I’ve been using/on
    Google wave for a while now, but since the public beta I’ve started to
    really use it for conversations.
  • The pocket spy: Will your smartphone rat you out?
    There are certain things you do not want to share with strangers. In my
    case it was a stream of highly personal text messages from my husband,
    sent during the early days of our relationship. Etched on my phone’s
    SIM card – but invisible on my current handset and thus forgotten –
    here they now are, displayed in all their brazen glory on a stranger’s
    computer screen.
  • Creating A Google Wave Extension In 5 Steps
    This is a simple to follow tutorial on how to create an extension that
    other Google Wave users can install and use in their waves. We will
    create a simple gadget extension that will list some blog names and
    when the user clicks on a name, the latest posts from the blog selected
    will be displayed in the wave. Yes, we will create a feed reader to use
    in Google’s waves
  • How to . . . protect your intellectual property
    Intellectual assets are central to many businesses and relevant to all, even if it is only a matter of the corporate logo.
  • The Myth of Usability Testing
    In 1998, usability expert Rolf Molich (co-inventor with Jakob Nielsen
    of the heuristic evaluation method) gave nine teams three weeks to
    evaluate the webmail application www.hotmail.com.
    The experiment was part of his series of Comparative Usability
    Evaluations (CUEs), through which he began to identify a set of
    standards and best practices for usability tests. In each segment of
    the series, Molich asked several usability teams to evaluate a single
    design using the method of their choice.
  • Is TV a Stronger Force for Social Change than Facebook and Twitter?
    The power and influence of television and radio is undoubtedly
    extraordinary, which often makes the possibilities of new media seem
    limitless. Especially regarding developing countries without much
    television penetration, several questions come to mind: Will new media
    “leapfrog” a generation? Will countries without significant TV
    penetration adopt new media faster than television can spread? Will
    television sets become eclipsed by TV streamed through mobile phones?
    Will the availability of more content and more choices for TV viewers
    make television more or less influential? Comment and tell us what you
    think.
  • Social Media Float in Thin Air
    Two stories gripped the social media last week unlike any other in the
    past few months. An article questioning the theory of global warming
    dominated the conversation on blogs while the saga of the six-year-old
    who came to be known as “balloon boy” did the same for Twitter users.
  • Virtual workforce found in Kenyan refugee camp
    The very poorest people on the planet have benefited little from the
    digital economy, but a pilot project in African refugee camps has
    hinted at how that might change. Refugees at the Dadaab camps in Kenya
    have been able to dramatically increase their income by tapping into a
    global demand for unskilled digital labour.
  • 20 Reasons Why Social Media Won’t Replace Email
    The rise in popularity of social media only enhances email. The two can
    work powerfully together. Two excellent articles, Chris Crums, writer
    for WebPro News, “10 Reasons Social Media isn’t Replacing Email“ and
    VerticalResponse CEO Janine Popick, “10 More Reasons Why Social Media
    Won’t Replace Email. Chris always has great marketing insights. Janine
    also provides some insightful resources and practices what she preaches
    for both email marketing and social media. I recommend them both.

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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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