There were a lot of great features this week, but if you've only got time to read three, these are the ones.

Must Reads

1. To know where we're going, it always helps to know where we came from. James Dellow gave us the big picture on this month's focus with his feature: A Brief History of Social Intranets:

Lots of commentators point a dismissive finger at social intranets and enterprise social networks (ESNs), labeling them simply as vendor-driven hype. On the other hand, there is also plenty of ignorance around about the origins of social software and how it came to be used inside business. Read more.

2. Search has been on a lot of people's minds this month, as we are faced with growing challenges to how we index and locate the information we need to get work done. Jed Cawthorne shared his thoughts on the topic in this piece: Rethinking the Intranet - Where Does Search Fit In?

"There have been some great articles this month on CMSWire on the future direction for intranets, and how your organization might want to "re-think" or re-imagine its intranet. Subjects such as Information Architecture, the changing nature of work, and developing employee trust in your digital workplace have been covered. I would like to follow up with a few paragraphs on how search and your search strategy fit into your views of an ever evolving intranet. So, how is search evolving on your intranet? Are you equipped from a strategy and personnel point of view, or have you been fooled into concentrating purely on the technology? Read more.

3. Lee Feigenbaum continues his look into how semantic web technologies are shifting the way we interact with websites with a case study from the BBC: BBC's Adoption of Semantic Web Technologies: An Interview

The BBC’s website for the 2010 World Cup was notable for the raw amount of rich information that it contained. Every player on every team in every group had their own web page, and the ease with which you could navigate from one piece of content to the next was remarkable. Within the Semantic Web community, the website was notable for one more reason: it was made possible by the BBC’s embrace of Semantic Web technologies. Read more.

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