Re: Your favorite online group tool #CoP #tools

Don Kildebeck

One additional thing I did not mention. Typically with social networking tools, the tool itself will drive the level of participation. This is the inherit problem with the Twitters, Facebook, Linked-In, etc tools of the world. Their platform limitations become the groups collaborative limitations. If this is an MBA class you're attempting to keep together, why handcuff the group at the very start by using a lightweight social networking site that any pimply-faced 13 year old could set up? Go for broke, offer them a site that holds promise for true communciation and collaboration development. You might be pleasantly surprised by the results!



----- Original Message -----
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Sent: Monday, November 24, 2008 11:54:58 AM GMT -08:00 US/Canada Pacific
Subject: Re: [sikmleaders] Re: Your favorite online group tool


Given your situation I would look into a third-party hosted SharePoint2007 site. There are plenty of companies now who will host an SP site for you, with full communication, collaboration, document-sharing, wiki, blog, etc. capabilities, for about the same price as a typical web-site. Out-of-the-box your site could be ready in just a few minutes.



Don Kildebeck
----- Original Message -----
From: "gjagai"
To: sikmleaders@...
Sent: Monday, November 24, 2008 7:55:43 AM GMT -08:00 US/Canada Pacific
Subject: [sikmleaders] Re: Your favorite online group tool

Let me expand a little. I'm looking at keeping my MBA class alumni
together after we graduate. My starting place is that one of my team
members just found out about instant messaging this week. So hence I
was looking for something that had a low barrier to entry and
participation. And low maintenance as the group/community leader would
need minimal effort to maintain the site or tool. No IT here to help

I've been playing around on the LinkedIn Groups and it doesn't seem to
offer the nice history of group emails like Yahoo Groups does. I like
the SIKM message history, as a new member I can read through the group
history and understand the personality of the group. The one drawback
with Yahoo Groups is you need a Yahoo ID.

I did a quick review of Google groups and its not as intuitive on how
to create, join and invite others into it.

Facebook doesn't offer a group discussion and history that's easy to
digest. I also find Facebook is more individual focused and less group
focused. Lastly Facebook seems to be more personal while LinkedIn more

I don't think Twitter is going to work as its too new for this group.
It also doesn't allow the 'rich' interaction that email does. And I'm
not sure how you track a conversation among many participants.

As for file sharing the requirement is for lightweight sharing again
similar to Yahoo Groups.

Of course there's an alumni tool offered by the university, but then
that's yet-another-tool that one has to keep track off and participate
in separately from your other online identities.


--- In sikmleaders@..., "Jack Vinson" wrote:
> I agree with some of the other comments... Keeping loosely
connected people
> in touch is one requirement -- and enabling email and document
sharing seems
> like something else. Can you give us some more on what you are
trying to
> do? How do you define "loosey connected?" I think of people who
might know
> one another from previous jobs, or from (outside of work) networking
> activities, etc.
> Jack

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