My Crazy Prediction?

In September 2008 I made a prediction, that email as we know it today will no longer exist in 10 years time.

Read The Death Of Email by 2018

Will I be proved to be a:
or Fool?

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Saturday
Nov172012

Infoglut: Excuse Or Reality? (#SWChat)

Introduction

 Infoglut: The result of too much information to be able to make an informed business decision.

With so many social channels now available, the flow of information we have to consume is increasing causing companies real problems on how to cope with their communications. But is Infoglut real or is it just a case companies have to adapt their strategy to manage communication flows better?

This event looked at whether Infoglut is real and how to manage communication flows better.

Event Questions

Q1) Is social media the problem or solution to infoglut?
Q2) Is infoglut really a problem or have we just become lazy in how we manage our information flows?
Q3) "...and one ring to rule them all" -is a single social platform the key to manage all information flows effectively?
Q4) Scheduling time slots to only consume content makes us more effective. Agree / disagree?
Q5) What top 3 tips would you recommend to eliminate infoglut?

Related Articles

Spreecast Social Video Channel

Participants: Greg Lowe, Colin Hope-Murray, Jenn Emerson, Alastair Walker

Producer: @LizCpher

Playback: (see below)

 

 

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Friday
Nov022012

Email Is DEAD. So What's Next? (#SWChat)

Introduction

It won't come as a surprise to you that talking about the death of email is my favourite subject. When we talk about workplace productivity, email is the biggest blocker to being efficient with most of us spending between 3-6 hours a day purely reading and sending email.

Back in September 2008 I made a prediction, that email as we know it today will no longer exist in 10 years time (see The Death Of Email by 2018 ) and when I did I was literally laughed at by most people.

Time Remaining of my prediction:

Today no one seems to be laughing.

In fact quite the opposite. Companies like Atos have already stated that they will ban internal email by 2014 and other comapnies are following suit. There are even social products on the market today that are integrating email into them. Is this the beginning of the end of email?

On today's live panel debate it was the general consensus that email is not dead today, however we do need to start addressing the behaviours in how we use email. Stopping cc, bcc, and reply all were some of the key messages (see full playback below).

One thing is clear, the next generation coming through are not brought up on email but instead on social applications like Facebook and Twitter. These behaviours they are bringing into business and is why today we are beginning to see a communication gap between traditional and social which needs to be addressed.

There are still 6 years to go on my prediction of the death of email as we know it, a prediction that people are now debating rather ridiculing.

So before you send your next email STOP, and THINK, is there a better way - a more SOCIAL way of communicating your message.

Event Questions 

Q1) Email is dead. Agree / disagree?
Q2) A week without email. What would be the real impact?
Q3) Is integrating email with social tools into a single platform the next big thing in comms?
Q4) What email etiquette would you advise others when communicating with you?
Q5) If starting a new company with 1000 employees, what comms tool(s) would you use internally today?

(watch video panel playback below of these questions being debated)

Related Articles

Spreecast Social Video Channel

Participants: Greg Lowe (from car); Jenn Emerson; Luis Suarez; Richard Rashty

Producer: @LizCpher

Recording: (watch playback embedded below)

 

 

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Wednesday
Jul182012

Do you suffer from Social (media) Anxiety Disorder (S.A.D)?

Message to readers,

Updated post due to the fact I didn't know Social Anxiety Disorder was actually a real medical condition (whoops!). I'm hoping now that the changes I've made will make it clear that it is a "tongue-in-cheek" post and will stop me receiving any more requests for interviews / guest articles on how to deal with the medical condition Social Anxiety Disorder.

Apologies to the confused or the offended...

warmest regards,
David Christopher

Have you ever been down the pub with a group of friends and interrupted a flowing conversation to answer that beep from your smartphone informing you that someone has commented on your latest Facebook status?

Maybe you have been having dinner with your family at a nice restaurant and excused yourself for the fourth time blaming it on a weak bladder because you needed to check what has been happening in your Twitter stream; a weak bladder that only manifested itself at the same time as getting your first smartphone?

Or maybe you were watching a film at the cinema and noticed a flashing coming from the hand where you are gripping your smartphone tightly, whilst your girlfriend squeezed the other hand harder and harder giving you that "don't even think about it" look?

If any of these sound familiar to you then you could have Social (media) Anxiety Disorder (or S.A.D for short).

S.A.D is a serious disease that is spreading fast around the globe and now starting to spread to the workplace as companies start to adopt social technologies to collaborate.

If we don't act now this could turn into a worldwide epidemic!

If you already do any of the following then it could already be too late for you....

  1. You cannot resist the temptation to text, instant message, tweet, or generally converse via your smartphone than watch the 238 slide PowerPoint presentation on how this weeks strategy could increase the company margin tenfold
  2. You give colleagues your twitter username when they ask for your email address
  3. You suggest "I'll Friend you on Facebook" when you meant to say "lets do lunch"
  4. You restrict your emails to 140 characters
  5. You keep a running count of the colleagues you know
  6. You host twitter chats instead of telephone conferences
  7. You prefix forwarded emails with RT
  8. You spend 10 minutes trying to find the Like button of a document uploaded onto your intranet site
  9. You refuse to talk to a colleague you don't know without a verbal introduction from one of their team members
  10. You first hear that your boss has left the company via their updated LinkedIn profile

For me it's already too late....but hopefully my suffering hasn't been in vain and this blog post helps you identify the signs before Social (media) Anxiety Disorder (S.A.D) takes another life.

Friday
May042012

Building A Collaborative Culture (#SWChat)

Thanks to everyone who took part in this weeks Social Workplace Twitter Chat event (#SWChat).

Building a Collaborative Culture

This weeks #SWChat was a Guest Event with Angela Ashenden, Principal Analyst of MWD Advisors.

Angela is also a keynote speaker at the Social Workplace Conference 2012 in London on May 24th.

Angela shared her insights and thought leadership on "Building a Collaborative Culture", the challenges you will face and the role technology plays - a great prelude to her keynote speech at the conference.

Event Statistics

  • No. of Tweets = 1600 (NEW RECORD)
  • No. of Contributors = 143
  • Reach = 245,000
  • No. of impressions = 3,200,000

Summary

Full Transcript Report via @hashtracking

FREE Prize Draw Winner

This weeks event included a FREE Prize Draw where the winner was chosen randomly from those participants who also included #SWConf in their tweets during the 1 hour event by Crexia

I am pleased to announce that Lesley Price, e-learning consultant was drawn as the winner. Lesley wins a FREE ticket worth £480 (~770 USD)  to the Social Workplace Conference 2012 in London on May 24th courtesy of Crexia, the organisers of the conference.

Congratulations Lesley!

Questions Asked

Q1) Why is a collaborative culture so important in business today? 
Q2) People can be trained on tools, but how can a collaborative culture be taught?
Q3) Not everyone readily embraces collaboration. How can these people's fear be overcome?
Q4) Why are companies paying more attention to internal collaboration amongst their own employees?
Q5) What impact can a collaborative culture have on innovation?
Q6)
 (not asked)
Q7) Email is where conversations go to die. How do you convince a company so entrenched in email to change?


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Today's #SWChat was sponsored by:
 

 

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Saturday
Mar172012

Next Generation Communications (#SWChat)

Thanks to everyone who took part in this weeks Social Workplace Twitter Chat event (#SWChat).

Next Generation Communications?

We are in the no-mans land of communications. The younger generation preferring social style of communication, but businesses still primarily using traditional forms like email. Is it time for businesses to start thinking about the Next Generation Communications to help bridge the gap between social and traditional, and how should it be approached?

Event Statistics

  • No. of Tweets = 1100
  • No. of Contributors = 89
  • Reach = 231,000
  • No. of impressions = 2,300,000

Summary

Full Transcript Report via @hashtracking

Questions Asked

Q1) Email is on it's way out - Agree / Disagree?
Q2) How many hours a week do you think you spend on email vs social comms for your company?
Q3) Should companies follow Atos' example of phasing out employee to employee comms?
Q4) Are social comms (e.g. IM, Twitter, FB etc...) really more efficient than email?
Q5) What advice would you give to a company making that transition from traditional to social comms?
Q6) What are the barriers for a company to move to the Next Generation form of comms?
Q7) In 140 characters or less, define a sales pitch to your CEO why they should consider phasing out email e/ee to e/ee comms

Shared Reference Material

 

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