Re: [cp] request for advice: prioritizing knowledge sharing tools for a new CoP
- Hi Miguel/Lynn, About the platform. Those I mentioned (and there seems
to be new ones emerging at regular intervals) have all the
functionality of the individual tools, (blogs, wikis, forum, searchable
K repositories) but in one manageable space, so I would call these these
polytechnical in nature. It is the nature of polytechnical systems to be
more flexible than a set of individual tools. Just sign up to ning.com
and find out.
They do allow the sponsor to have, at least potentially, a great deal
of influence over the direction of conversation, this allows channeling
toward a topic. Although platforms such as ning are plugging into the
so-called social networking, that internet enabled phenomenon, they are
not all inclined to do so. What we appear to be witnessing is the
emergence of some serious professional networking tools, and thus
serious CoP development tools, particularly in the form of extended or
extra, or supplementary, or substitutions for, corporate intranets. They
will develop into professional network/community management tools,
incorporating, for example, member surveying, graphical presentation of
networks, profile matching in pursuit of both incremental and radical
solution making (if you want radical, contact the people least like your
own profile and see what sparks off).
I remember John Maloney (KM Cluster/colabria) saying here that social
networking tools would be the technology of the decade, well the
decade's not over yet.
But again I would emphasise these things are only tools, you have to
learn to use them effectively. That means also knowing the theory behind
networking and (real) community building.