Google kauft Jotspot

Meine (kurze, englischsprachige) Analyse im BMID-Blog.

Ohne Frage wird JotSpot von der Größe und den Fähigkeiten von Google profitieren, wie auch der Trend zum Einsatz von Wikis zur kollaborativen Zusammenarbeit einigen Rückenwind bekommt:

If Google can deploy and popularize this ‘office-ish wiki’, wikis will become more mainstream. And this is good news for frogpond, my freelancing consulting venture, which offers companies help and advice in regard to wiki implementation.

Weitere Analysen u.a. bei CNet, Richard MacManus und Zoli Erdös.

How to Make the Web More Social

Google’s Joe Kraus (ex JotSpot) got interviewed by Wharton Business School’s Kevin Werbach on How to Make the Web More Social, here’s the mp3.

Joe Kraus, director of product management at Google, believes every killer app on the web — instant messaging, e-mail, blogging, photo-sharing — has succeeded because it helps people connect with one another. For Kraus, this means the Internet has an inherently social character, but it can be enhanced further. Wharton legal studies professor Kevin Werbach spoke with Kraus recently about the socialization of the Internet. Kraus will speak about social computing at the Supernova conference in San Francisco on June 16.

Google Sites – wiki without the wiki?

Google Sites ist da, ein “group collaboration service” der sich in die Google Apps Palette einreiht.

Im Mittelpunkt stehen Seiten, die von den Nutzern verändert und erweitert werden können. Die Sites sind dabei wiki-ähnlich und erinnern in vielem an den ehemaligen JotSpot Look-and-feel, verzichten aber u.a. auf Wiki-Markup.

Ob dieser Verzicht auf Wiki-Funktionalität eine breite Akzeptanz fördern kann ist aus meiner Sicht durchaus fraglich. Die manchmal (ob zu Recht oder zu Unrecht) konstatierte Wikiphobie hängt ja letztlich weniger am Naming – die Transparenz und Nachvollziehbarkeit von Änderungen ist meist der eigentliche Grund des Widerstands gegen Wikis, der wiederum häufig intransparent bleibt …

Weitere Informationen zu Google Sites u.a. bei Web Worker Daily, Techcrunch, Business Week, Dan Farber, Dennis Howlett, Shel Holtz und Zoli Erdos, der auch untersucht ob das ganze noch ausreichend “Wikiähnlichkeit” aufweist und zusammenfasst:

Google now has a pretty good and easy web-page creator with some wiki features made user-friendly, and a half-hearted attempt at integrating the rest of the Apps empire using Sites.

Be like the Internet

OK, now I am in my first workshop at the Web 2.0 Expo. Scott Hirsch, founder of Management Innovation Group (MIG) out of San Francisco is inviting people to think about innovation issues they are facing.

[…] getting honest about the real assets you bring to the table and finding ways to work with the network instead of fighting the changes it represents. This means explicitly changing the way you work and collaborate to set direction, scope opportunity, and build capabilities to rapidly assess business changes and react to them … or choose not to react.

Unfortunately I’ve been late to the show (thanks to Berlins public traffic system …), so I missed the introductory informations. I will try to get my hands on the slides, and provide the agenda and more then.

Scott introduced the audience to the changed business environment in the Web 2.0 era, some important points being

  • You don’t own your ideas
  • It is really easy to start a business (and you don’t want to own the infrastructure)

First part of the workshop: Bottom up Innovation – A personal guide to Disrupting the World

  • Characteristics of web 2.0 innovators (don’t overcommit to solutions, don’t overplan strategy, embrace many points of view and transparency, …)
  • Traits (humble, flexible, facilitative, persuasive, collaborative, passionate, persistent – but not defensive)
  • They create cultures to manage (uncertainty, openness, leadership, management, hiring, strategy, competition, marketing, business and product development, …)

Nice thought and metaphor: “Web 2.0 innovators look at their business like a poker game, not a chess game”

– you don’t have all the information you need
– you constantly get more information from the other players
– you have to pay to play and for information
– every round there’s a new round of cards
– business case is useless, you just look at options

Nice example of Web 2.0 innovators view of strategy (comparing friendster, MySpace and Facebook) along axes of openness/closedness and awareness (also hinting at openness for evolving complementing business ecosystems)

Jotspot and Google as examples for how Web 2.0 innovators look at business models

Web 2.0 innovators view of management (opportunity cost is the scarce resource, not people, time or money), comparing Yahoo (fear of false positives) and Google (fear of false negatives).

Web 2.0 innovators view themselves as facilitators rather than managers, and encourage smart divergence over quick convergence.

Continued after the break, in fact I have blogged notes on the second part of Scott Hirschs workshop over at my BMID-blog: Uncovering Strategies and Business Models

Blogs and wikis as Web 2.0 platforms …

Don Dodge on whether blogs and wikis can be (application) platforms …

Well, yes, they certainly are … fitting nicely in this big trend, where the web becomes the platform, e.g. have a look here or here, and for another application wiki check out this.

For the record, some notes by Don Dodge:

Application platforms are very profitable in the software business. Platforms attract developers. Developers build all kinds of interesting applications…which attracts users. Millions of users mean your platform will generate revenues for a long, long time.

Wikis and blogs are great collaboration tools, but they are now moving beyond that to become application platforms. Socialtext and JotSpot (acquired by Google) are building out suites of office productivity applications built on top of a wiki platform. Telligent and Blogtronix are building application platforms on top of the blog model.

Web 2.0 applications are more than just “webifying” existing apps. Web 2.0 applications are inherently interactive and collaborative at every level of the application. They are simple to build, easy to manage, and cheap to maintain. Increasingly they are being built on new platforms like blogs and wikis, and using new tools like AJAX and REST.