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James Royal-Lawson

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5 Paper.li Twitter newspapers

Previously I’ve created and shared with you 5 social memetrackers using Twingly.

Now it’s time to present to you 5 Paper.li created “newspapers”. Paper.li organises links shared on Twitter into easy to read newspapers. You can create newspapers from Twitter lists, Twitter hashtags or advanced Twitter searches.

So, if you aren’t active on Twitter – or you simply don’t have time to keep up with the incredible pace of the real time web – then take a look at these papers. Bookmark the ones you find useful, add an alert for the ones you really don’t want to miss – and if you’re a Twitter user, log in and create a few of your own.

I’ve spent a little bit of time trying to make these newspapers relevant and on topic. A bit of digital curation if you will.

Included in the list is a bonus paper from Jens Wedin – The UX Daily featuring articles about user experience.

The Intranet Daily

Based on my Intranet Twitter list that includes the prominent Intranet bloggers and experts. Intranet managers everywhere should add an alert for this paper!

The Eye Tracking Weekly

A Weekly newspaper created from an advanced Twitter search in order to pick up all eye tracking related tweets.

The Swedish Daily

Based on my Swedish Twitter list that contains people based in Sweden who are following me on Twitter or whom I follow. A great number of the articles featured are in Swedish.

The QR Codes Daily

Another paper based on an advanced Twitter search, this paper gives you a daily digest of articles about QR Codes. Great source of example and inspiration for using barcodes.

The UX Daily

A bonus paper – Created by Jens Wedin and features articles about user experience design. This too is a paper with focus and a high relevancy rate.

Enjoy the newspapers! Have you created a useful Paper.li newspaper? Let me know about it in the comments below.

12 Articles worth reading… (Spotted: Week 42-43, 2010)

Information Architecture 101: Techniques and Best Practices

A great “briefing paper” from Six Revisions, intending to raise awareness of the discipline with designers.

Mental Models

The latest Alertbox post covers what users think they know and how that affects their behaviour. Users, designers and developers all have differing mental models. You need to work with conformity not against it, and gently adjust the mental models of your visitors and users.

10 essential usability guidelines for websites

If every website followed the ten points in this list, i’d suddenly have hardly anything to complain about any more. Well, perhaps not *hardly* anything – more like “less”.

How Yammer Won Over 80% of the Fortune 500

Yammer boasts that 80% of the Fortune 500 use Yammer. I wonder how many of those 400 companies have adopted Yammer as their official, or main, collaboration platform?

How I learnt to stop worrying and love enterprise microblogging

Nice case describing how Yammer took flight at AXA Australia in just the few months since August.

Information flow part 3: Why persistent links are important

I’m really enjoying Kristian’s series of posts about aspects of his work over the last couple with the intranet at Region Västra Götland. This particular post goes into the details of how they’ve tried to deal with managing URLs and links across multiple systems.

How we improved our intranet search experience

Luke describes how they implemented and tweaked their Intranet search (using a Google Search Appliance). Some good lessons-learned and insights that anyone dealing with intranet search can make use of.

Report: iPad Is an Enterprise IT Triple-Threat

The headline talks about iPad (and thereby iSO) but the report concludes that Android and HTML5 should also be prioritised. I’m going one step further than Forrester and saying prioritise HTML5 and Android. Plan for mobile/wireless working and plan soon.

How Google tested Google Instant

An insight into how Google tests it’s products (before launch in this case). What I find interesting is that normally Google uses eye tracking whilst testing. It gives them real data to work with. In this case, Google Instant, they chose not to. Why? I suspect they did try, but realised that far too many people were spending too much time looking down at the keyboard whilst typing – and not looking at their instantly-changing search results.

How Facebook Decides What To Put In Your News Feed – These 10 Secrets Reveal All

Some useful testing into how Facebook decides what to display into your news feed. Would be interested though to know their source for saying “Top News is how a vast majority of Facebook users get their information”

20 Real Tips for Hiring a Social Media Consultant

A good list to help you separate the wheat from the chaff in the world of social media consulting. You don’t need to hold yourself religiously to all 20 points, but there is some really good, honest, to-the-point advice in Pam Moore’s post.

How Google dominates the Web

If you had any doubts about just how dominant Google are in our World of Web Stuff, then this Royal Pingdom posts shows you the stats in easy to consume pie-charts.

Yammer usage within Swedish organisations

There’s been an increasing interest in internal corporate communications tool Yammer, but in more recent times that interest has jumped. Having noticed this spike in interest Per Axbom decided to investigate. Per created a survey using Wufoo and asked people in his network who used Yammer to take a few minutes to complete it.

Although there are a number of products that occupy a similar space in the market (Present.ly and Socialtext to mention just two), Per chose to investigate Yammer as it was the tool he is most familiar with, and because he wanted the answers from each company to be comparable – which wouldn’t be possible if several tools were surveyed simultaneously.

Google trends graph showing recent jump in searches for Yammer

Initial findings

After 9 days, and just over 30 responses, Per has published his initial findings.

  • Yammer seems to be most popular in organisations of up to 50 people (over 75% of those who answered)
  • Management are often aware that Yammer is being used, but the network is not being used so much for spreading information from the management team.
  • By far the most common type of use was sharing information between colleagues.
  • Very few search the history. Information is “here and now”.
  • Generally respondents were not worried about the security of Yammer.
  • Answers were divided regarding whether Yammer saves organisations money or not. Presumably few companies have a way of measuring this.

Pie chart showing that mostly smaller teams are active on Yammer

Revolutionary?

Per concluded that Yammer is potentially a revolutionary tool for intranets, in a similar way to how WordPress has been revolutionary for public web publishing. Especially if it (or another similar product) opened itself up better to third-party adaptions.

I agree with Per. Yammer is wonderfully disruptive, and despite some flaws (such as it’s poor API, and potential security problems with the free version), it can help trigger a genuine shift in the way companies collaborate and communicate internally – both directly and indirectly.

Still open

The survey is still open. Per has decided to keep it open for a further 1-2 months. This gives more people at more companies chance to answer whilst still restricting the time-frame to keep the analysis relevant. Let’s see what the full survey says towards the end of the year.

Tweets from IntraTeam Event Stockholm 2010

On October 5th and 6th 2010 IntraTeam held their first intranet conference in Stockholm. It was a great event and the most international intranet conference held so far in Sweden.

Day one featured Presentations in English, day two in Swedish – but almost all of the tweets from both days were in English, which was wonderfully considerate of those attending.

The Speakers

The two-day line-up featured:

  • James Robertson, StepTwo Designs
  • Rossen Roussev, former Shell Enterprise Portal Manager
  • Martin White, IntranetFocus Ltd.
  • Mark Morrell, Intranet Manager, BT (British Telecom)
  • Michael Sampson, Collaboration Strategist
  • Webrådgivare Fredrik Wackå
  • Christian Skjæran, Intranet Manager, Corporate Communications, Chr. Hansen A/S
  • Ingo Johansson, Web Consultant, Global IT Development, NNE Pharmaplan
  • Gabriel Olsson, Head of Corporate e-Comms, Tetra Pak
  • Damra Muminovic, Sogeti

The Tweets

Here, collected together in one document published on Scribd, are all 325 tweets by 101 people from the morning of the 5th of October until Sunday the 10th. There were a number of post-conference blog posts and articles, so I included the 4 days after the conference.

The Summary

In one of my last tweets from the 5th, I summarised the first day of the conference with these few words: task-based, people focused & mobile.

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