If there’s any sign that wikis are become more popular, it’s the launch of a hosted application wiki by a startup called JotSpot. The company’s Web site currently is nothing more than a couple of e-mail links, one of which allows potential users to apply for beta status on the hosted service. According to a press release, workgroups can use the hosted wiki three ways: “begin immediately using the full-featured commercial wiki, install pre-packaged wiki-applications from JotSpot’s application gallery or customize an individual wiki-application for a specific business need. “
More companies are using instant messaging (IM) than ever. Osterman Research looks at the number of companies using IM every March and September, and last month set the record, with 50% of organizations using IM for business purposes. In March, 44% of companies were taking advantage of IM. When Osterman began surveying in 2001, only 21% of companies were leveraging IM.
This despite serious reservations on the parts of companies. These include security of information sent over instant messages (important to 64% of respondents), too much personal use (61%) and the potential for infection by viruses (60%). The fact that IT doesn’t roll Read More »
Sony was one of the most paranoid of the music companies when it came to protecting copyright in the digital era. I bought an early Sony digital music player, but it only played its own proprietary format, making all the MP3 files I’d acquired useless. To protect the music it sold on CD, Sony built in restrictions that allowed an owner to copy the CD only once to a personal computer. If you wanted to copy it again, you had to pay.
Now, Sony is introducing digital music players that play MP3 files, which renders its copy-protected CDs useless, so Sony—paranoid no longer, apparently—is dropping copy protection on its CDs. Actually, the Read More »
PRSA’s annual conference is titlted “Architects of Change, Advocates of understanding: Advancing the Public Relations Profession—The most important gathering of public relations professions in 2004.” There’s not one session on blogging. Read more at Business Blog Consulting.
Communicators are constantly lamenting that their profession just isn’t taken seriously. Some people insist that it isn’t even a profession since there’s no certification involved (certification being notably different from accreditation). You have to wonder about the validity of that claim sometimes, particularly when you read newspaper articles like the one I just finished from the Vancouver Sun about the Hell’s Angels’ public relations campaign.
The legendary biker gang has, according to sources in the article, always been media-conscious. Now, they’ve embarked on a renewed effort to improve their image. Have they engaged Fleishman Read More »
Given that Google has gobbled the search world (remember HotBot?), how can an upstart get any attention at all for its innovative approach to search? That’s the challenge facing Vivisimo Inc., which just released a beta of a new search engine called Clusty.
Hmm. Well, maybe if a few blogs mention it…
My favorite search engine used to be Northern Light, which nobody ever heard of. It was terrific, placing results in subject-matter-labeled folders rather than making you sift through the typical endless scrolling lists of results. If you entered the search term “pizza,” you got a folder for pizza parlors, another one for recipes, and so Read More »