Craig Roth

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Entries Categorized as 'Social software'

Job Hunting on LinkedIn at Work? Why it Could Be Good for Companies

by Craig Roth  |  November 4, 2010  |  Comments Off

Try this question during a job interview: “If I spend time at work doing personal career management activities on social sites using my mobile device, is that OK with management?”  A not-yet-published Gartner study shows such mobile careering is more common than you may think.  But maybe that’s not such a bad thing. The study […]

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#1 Expert: Do Workers Want to Be Pegged as That Person?

by Craig Roth  |  October 1, 2010  |  Comments Off

When I see a demo of expertise location based on social network analysis, they show ratings or a graphical web that pinpoints certain high-value experts in the organization who many not be formally recognized as such.  How nice, they say, that you can tell Suzi is the go-to person in the call center when you […]

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Protect Your Brain from the Scourge of Social Networking!

by Craig Roth  |  September 17, 2010  |  Comments Off

I’m getting tired of new behaviors that some people don’t like being classified as “harming children’s brains”.  Social networking is the latest victim (see the Guardian). Don’t like the what social networking seems to do to people?  It’s an easy path to prove it harms kids brains: the brain modifies itself based on anything you […]

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Technology After Culture? Not in a Million Years

by Craig Roth  |  August 12, 2010  |  Comments Off

The Wall St. Journal reported today that technology began 3.4 million years ago, which is one million years older than previously thought (“Researchers Say Fossils Uncovered in Ethiopia Push Back the Beginnings of Technology by Almost One Million Years” ).  I predict they will also soon find the remains of the first technology industry analyst […]

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A Different Take on the Argument In Favor of Social Software

by Craig Roth  |  August 11, 2010  |  2 Comments

Is one side effect of strict corporate policies against social software usage to reduce the level of talent available via new applicants? When a “no Twittering” sign is posted over HR’s door, are the applicants that step out of line more valuable on average than those that stay?  I think so. If there’s a study […]


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When Gen Y’ers Will Use E-mail

by Craig Roth  |  August 9, 2010  |  1 Comment

I’m proposing some counter-wisdom about whether Gen Y and social software will kill e-mail.  I’ve read and repeated the assertion that Gen Y will challenge the enterprise’s reliance on e-mail since they have learned – successfully – to leverage Twitter, SMS, blogs, and Facebook instead.  So e-mail’s dead, right?  Not so fast.  Whenever I hear […]

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EAM Meets Social Software

by Craig Roth  |  May 28, 2010  |  Comments Off

Information overload coverage is predominantly about e-mail. That’s understandable – it’s where the message pipe into information workers’ brains tends to be at fire hose levels, threatening to fill their heads like balloons. But I’ve started to get questions on how social software will add to the overload. That’s a good point given Gartner’s prediction […]

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