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More ideas from the Boston Globe - this time on culture change. There was some familiar material in the article and a few new things.
I just learned that Wolfram Alpha, the "computational knowledge engine," can do an analysis of your Facebook account data. Run a "facebook report" in the main box, and it will get you started. Here is mine.
To create change we have to move people to a new way of acting with each other (behaviors). The concept behind Viral Change is to make those behaviors infection: spread, copy, reinforce, and spread more.
Some interesting visualizations from NY Times research labs
Based on a recommendation, I decided to pick up Daryl Conner's Managing at the Speed of Change. The book's focus is more on the underpinnings of why changes work (or fail), based on his research and experiences. I enjoyed the model he developed in the book.
Pete Warden - of Facebook mapping fame - also has Mailana that lets you map networks. The main application looks at Twitter, though he seems to have some other analysis capabilities as well.
The Boston Chapter of the Association for Strategic Planning hosted Patti Anklam this Tuesday for a discussion of her book, Net Work, and the idea of networks in organizations.
The central point of this case study is that any significant change can only happen when the people involved trust the process. And that can only happen with effective communication.
Sunday's Palm Beach Post has a special report on an ongoing corruption scandal that includes a simple network diagram of the cast of characters.
Andrew McAfee gives a little more thought and background to how to justify social networking services, whether it is a Facebook-in-the-enterprise or blogs or something else in "The Ties that Find."
Matt Hodgson pointed to the TouchGraph Google Browser, which describes itself thusly: "The TouchGraph Google Browser reveals the network of connectivity between websites, as reported by Google's database of related sites."
So, there is another Facebook application that lets you play with your network, 6 degrees of separation, by Karl Bunyan. [But it is gone now.]
Another set of LinkedIn Questions, but I don't think I am going to continue this process on a regular basis.
The speaker, Chris Fletcher, is responsible for Knowledge Management in the Asia Pacific region for the consulting practice of Deloitte.
There is a running discussion in the blogosphere on layers of a social networks and how trust or value is tied to each layer.
People have expressed plenty of paranoia about social network analysis techniques that exploit existing corporate data stores. So, it shouldn't be surprising to see reports of companies that are selling their tools to snoop on their employees.
Computerworld interviews the authors of some new research on IT and productivity. Looks like some interesting though easily misinterpreted results.
I came across "How to measure effect of communities at the macro level?" by Mukund Mohan at the same time that I've been thinking about the reasons organizations look into communities. These ideas fit together nicely.
Since Enron is in the news again, Trampoline Systems have produced an Enron Explorer that lets you sort through the emails, to see themes and people as well as the emails themselves.
David Armano has an interesting idea for mapping the dynamic behavior of linking across the blogosphere, "Influence Ripples 2.0." The drawing is beautiful, and I would love to see this animated across time.
Hai Zhuge has an article on "Discovery of Knowledge Flow in Science" in the May 2006 issue of Communications of the ACM. Zhuge focuses on the scientific citation network that is a familiar topic in academic circles, but the concept applies anywhere you can find citations, such as in blogs.
Howard Rheingold links to an interesting look at social networking services in "Unraveling the Taste Fabric of Social Networks." Short version: the authors describe a mechanism for describing people's interests as a fabric of tastes with some browsability components.
SNA expert Robert Cross writes about "Knowledge Loss in Organizations." I like the emphasis on using SNA as a diagnostic tool, particularly as he talks about the differing impacts of Central Connectors, Brokers, and Peripheral Players.
BusinessWeek's Oct 3rd cover story, "The Real Reasons You're Working So Hard..." is an interesting article on the history of long hours and how the problem is spreading outside of the U.S. It also covers a number of possible solutions.
Dave Pollard and some friends have developed Seven Principles of Social Networking. Throughout the article, he suggests that because of these principles, social networking applications have been going about the problem from the wrong angle.
From TekFlo, Cyber Map Blog Movies. They have published some Quicktime movies based on links between blogs, particularly the mainstream blogosphere. I just spoke about network analysis in my KM class, so this was a nice find.
elearnspace points to a useful presentation by Barry Wellman on Social Networks for Newbies. I particularly like the idea that the study of networks is about how distant relationships affect people and organizations.
Wired Magazine had a piece last month on people using SNA in interesting ways, Science's Next Big Thing, such as examining peer review & citation networks to help decide where science grant funding should go. The best part is the link to They Rule, a flash-based tool by which you can...
Or maybe the subject shouild read "project network as a conversation." Patti Anklam posts an interesting comment about project networks in Project Team Analysis and SNA, which references an article by Dennis Smith, Network links go well beyond straight lines. To quote Patti: ... Dennis's insight, expressed well in the article,...
Tuesday's KMPro Chicago meeting was a great panel discussion on social networks and social network analysis with Stefan Lafloer of InsightKnowledge, Valdis Krebs, Konstantin Guericke of LinkedIn, and Shannon Clark of JigZaw and MeshForum. We had people participating at two gathering points in Chicago and several of the panelists on the...
Entopia now offers a social network analysis tool. I've been aware of their knowledge / information management product that lets people share information and includes some expert location features. The SNA feature seems to tie into the expert location technology. Social Networking Site Guide - Entopia Entopia Social Networks Analysis is...
Valdis Krebs has posted an updated version of his political book map, based on Amazon buying habits. Political Patterns on the WWW -- Divided We Stand -- May 2004 The big difference between this network map and the previous two are the number of books in the middle. The release of...
Pointer to a social network analysis around Peter Drucker.
Valdis Krebs has extended his analysis of book buying habits, originally written a few years ago: The Social Life of Books: Visualizing Communities of Interest via Purchase Patterns on the WWW One of the cardinal rules of human networks is "Birds of a feather flock together". Friends of friends become friends,...
E-mail reveals real leaders: Network analysis maps companies' informal structure. Want to know how your organization really works - who speaks to whom, who holds the power? Then study the flow of internal e-mail, say scientists at global technology firm Hewlett-Packard. The idea is familiar to people doing social network analysis:...
USA Today article that extends the popular theme of Six Degrees of Separation. Mapping and honing our interconnections The notion that we wander the planet with no more than six degrees of separation from one another is more than just urbane trivia to Antony Brydon. It's the basis for his new...
A social network caught in the Web Abstract: We present an analysis of Club Nexus, an online community at Stanford University. Through the Nexus site we were able to study a reflection of the real world community structure within the student body. We observed and measured social network phenomena such as...
In an extension of the ideas of social network analysis, Karen Stephenson's Quantum Theory of Trust includes a list of six different types of networks.
Just when you think you understand a topic, you stumble across something that dives deeper. This article discusses online social networks and is by one of the gurus in the field, Barry Wellman (and others).

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