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Social Technology Buyers Matrix: Broad vs Specialized vs Do It Yourself

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Low Cost Innovation Confuses Buyers With Excess Choices As a Web Strategist, you seek to balance the three spheres of business, technology and community.  Perhaps a challenging one is the ‘technology’ sphere as you’re faced with the decision of build vs buy, specialized vs broad, cheap vs expensive.  The choices are staggering –there are over [...]

Weekly Digest of the Social Networking Space: Oct 8, 2008

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I’m respecting your limited time by publishing this weekly digest on the Social Networking space, which I cover as an industry analyst. By creating this digest (I started this over a year ago) it really helps me to stay on top of the space I cover. I’ve created a new category called Digest (view archives). [...]

Weekly Digest of the Social Networking Space: August 5, 2008

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I’m respecting your limited time by publishing this weekly digest on the Social Networking space, which I cover as an Industry Analyst –a good way to get in my head. I’ve created a new category called Digest (view archives). Start with the Web Strategy Summary, then quickly scan the succinct and categorized headlines, read text [...]

The Social CMS Dilemma: Will they lead with Community or Publishing Features?

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Apparently, a chord was struck in this recent post “Social Software: Here come the CMS Vendors“. In summary, the post indicuates that CMS vendors are sniffing the community space, and the comments lit up (you should read them) with vendors from both camps indicating this discussions are happening behind the curtains and hands are extending [...]

An Initial Analysis of the Fast Company Community

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As an analyst, I watch the online community space very closely, and am always interested in seeing how traditional institutions and organizations approach, adapt, succeed or fail in adopting social tools. Fast Company, a forward thinking business publication has revamped it’s corporate website to now be an online community. Their initial three page announcement written [...]

Instant Communities: List of companies that provide Web Collaboration Suites or Platforms

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Need to build an online community that collaborates? I get asked by a lot of folks to provide recommendations for products, often there’s too many companies to keep analyze, so I make these lists and refer folks to them. One of my most popular index lists is the list of companies that provide White Label [...]