Social media moves so fast, it's hard to keep up. Here are the week's top stories in scan-friendly format:
- E-mail and Texting are on Generation Y's Most Wanted List
- SharePoint Steps Up Social Aspects of Enterprise Software
- Reputation Management Tips From Google
- WordPress Blogs Get Mobile-Friendly
E-mail and Texting are on Generation Y's Most Wanted List
Sometimes it seems, when observing young adults, that their entire social and academic lives are wrapped up in social media. Many youth seem to live and breath Facebook and utilize social networks to exchange messages, photos, plan events and otherwise manage certain aspects of their lives.
However, when asked by a research firm what activities Generation Y would least enjoy giving up for a period of one week, the results were surprising. 52% listed e-mail and text messaging as their most valued activities, giving them more value over social networks.
These results suggest that in the 18-24 age range, e-mail is still a valuable hub of online activity and that social networking is expendable, albeit for short amount of time. As with most participants in the online world, e-mail is the collection of social media alerts, requests and general correspondence. On the other hand, text messaging is obviously the number one method of reaching someone directly when you need a more instant response.
What online activity would you be willing to give up for a week? Does it change for specific demographics? Lets discuss in the comments below.
SharePoint 2010 Steps Up Social Aspects of Enterprise Software
The SharePoint Conference is happening this week in Las Vegas, NV. The Redmond software giant is propping up the newest version of SharePoint 2010.
A complaint of SharePoint 2007 amongst social software users is the software's lack of social networking features. SharePoint, in its current form, is great at housing documents and lists, but lackluster in building connections between items, knowledge and people. For example, in SharePoint 2007, there is no way to tag articles or blog posts.
What is new in the social side of the popular collaboration platform?
SharePoint users can now upload photos and resize them in an easier manner. In SharePoint 2007, you would have to overwrite the existing image and go through multiple screens to do so. Users can now build activity streams for themselves, which shows teammates and colleagues their latest activities throughout a SharePoint site.
Tagging has been implemented across the SharePoint landscape. This helps build the personal profiles whereby all the tags associated with content a person has interacted with shows in that person's profile.
It appears that Microsoft is making strides to make SharePoint more people-centric out of the box. Most enterprises have had to implement third-party solutions to gain some of these social features, which seems ridiculous after spending hundreds of thousands of dollars implementing an enterprise SharePoint platform.
Reputation Management Tips From Google
Working to manage what Google and other search engines say about you can be a worthwhile use of your time. Nowadays, employers, perspective dates and others are increasingly looking online to get a sense of who you are, perhaps even before they meet you in person to form their own opinions. To help in this effort, Google recently posted tips on "reputation management."
The first message should almost go without saying: be careful about the personal information you put online. Search engines, such as Google, scour the Internet looking for content including text, images and videos. If you don't want your boss seeing your party pictures from last weekend, don't upload them online. If you happen to find an embarrassing piece of content, remove it or ask the person who posted it to remove it.
The second message is: rather than hoping that what others say about you online is positive, start putting out your own message and participating actively in your online profile. One good way is to start a blog and liberally label it with your full name. On your blog, have an about page that states your name and the type of information you'd like people to know.
Another good tip is to start participating in social media. Sites like Twitter seem to rank high in Google results, so get out there and start tweeting messages that will shed a positive light on you.
Lastly, consider creating a Google Profile. Profiles on Google are a good way to put up an online resume of sorts, where you can put up information that you choose to publish and these results up show when your name is searched for.
WordPress Blogs Get Mobile-Friendly
One of the frustrating aspects of reading web content on a mobile device is the fact that desktop web sites are large and formatted for a large screen. A few sites have created mobile-optimized sites (and iPhone-specific sites) that aide in this frustration, but not many sites have mobile versions, yet.
If you're an owner of a WordPress.com hosted weblog, that has all changed. Recently, millions of blogs became mobile-friendly with the introduction of new themes designed specifically for the mobile devices. The new theme is clean and easily readable on small mobile phone screens.
This move by WordPress.com will help some of the mobile web users who have complained about the usability of browsing content on their devices.