Posterous rocks!

Recently Bas pointed me to the great tool Posterous. Posterous is a blog tool where you can send an e-mail which is auto-posted to your weblog. URLs of images, youtube, vimeo, etc are automatically taken the content and show it in your blog. Files attached to the e-mail are put in your content really nice, for example images, movies, mp3, pdf, etc. But for me mail-and-it’s-posted-in-your-blog is the most important functionality.

Additional features are RSS, auto-post to twitter, facebook, wordpress, etc. etc. etc. Google analystics are integrated.

Bas showed me his site http://www.rugbynieuws.nl/ where he gathers all content in the Dutch media about rugby. He gave me the idea to do the same for Scouting. I was interested in Posterous and give it a try… and wow how incredible are the results!

I went to Posterous and 3 minutes later http://www.scoutingnieuws.nl/ (gathering local, regional and national news items in the Dutch media) was a fact (that’s not really true. it takes some time for the DNS changes are active). I’m e-mailing some news items a couple of times per day, taking me maybe 15 minutes a day. Items are auto-posted to a specific twitter account. Without promotion the twitter account is gathering new followers daily.  A couple of times per week people are e-mailing new news items to put on the site. The national organisation has asked for cooperation to get the news integrated in their site. I created a script so other people can include the news items in their website. I finished the script last week, and already a couple of sites are following.

So Posterous is a great tool for gathering information! I would encourage people to do the same and pls send me other examples of news site using posterous, maybe we can exchange some tips and tricks!

Wiki for documentation

The concept of Enterprise 2.0 is for a lot of people still difficult to grasp. The easiest way is by (keep on) giving examples. A nice example where Web 2.0 can be used in a business environment is the wiki.

Within Componence our product development isof course documenting Portletsuite. As a collaboration tool (our internal) wiki is used. Yesterday I heared about the decision to also grant access to some of our clients to this documentation in wiki. This means they will always be able to access the most up-to-date version without our people having to mail new documents each time there is an update.

It sounds so logical…. and it is.

Mobile

I was playing a bit online with my phone and thought “let’s check if wordpress is available for mobile”. And it is: m.wordpress.com. But the functionality is not really advanced. And while I was trying it out a bit, I concluded that for me it’s enough to do a quick note from which I can later create a complete blog entry. But as a complete tool to update my blog…. it’s not user-friendly enough.

Mobile speeds are going up. More and more people are online mobile. So it’s becoming a more important part in the collaboration and work environment. I think good web 2.0 / enterprise 2.0 tools should include mobile functionality. It can be a major success factor.

GMail for mobile: nice
Google calendar for mobile: not nice, only showing your agenda, major functionality is missing.

So Componence decided not to go to Google for company wide mail and calendar (and related), but move to Microsoft Exchange. Of course we are not of key importance for Googles succes, but it’s a clear example of the importance of mobile.

Remember the milk

Also sick and tired of sticky notes, missing to-do lists, small notes in your wallet….

Never forgot tasks, by using Remember the milk. You can keep separate lists, for example a list for each project you are involved in, or one for work, one for  private, one wish list, etc. Tasks can be recurring, making it possible to get a weekly reminder to send out a status report, or regular back-up of your laptop.

You can just open the site, with a real nice and clean interface, to view your tasks, but you can also receive notifications via skype, msn or in your google calendar. It’s also possible to share tasks (didn’t try that yet).

All tasks are tagged, dated and catogised in a list. So you can see a tagcloud for your tasks 🙂

I really love this tool. I have one list for all work related tasks, I tag them with the project. I have a list with personal tasks, groceries, wish list and tasks for Scouting.

The mobile interface is clean and easy to use. Which is really useful because if you think… hmmm I should also do something about blabla… you can put it in your tasks right away, instead of forgetting all about it and remembering again when it’s too late.

If you ask me this is a typical Enterprise 2.0 tool. Try it!!

Ha’s wedding vs Web 2.0

Last Saturday was Ha‘s & Bach-Tons wedding. It was a nice day, briljant weather, a top location and a nice international group of people (their Vietnames family, colleagues from the Netherlands, Ukraine, Poland and India, some of our clients, etc). It was a really nice traditional wedding, with a good party.

But with all the Enterprise 2.0 and Web 2.0 going around in our office, I expected a bit more of Wedding 2.0 😉

Concepts that would have been nice:

  • Online video feed for people not able to attend (i.e. a lot of our colleagues from India, Ukraine, Romania).
  • Online guestbook (instead of the paper version).
  • Before they say “yes”, let’s check the poll, forum or blog if the world approves.
  • Twigger that you are receiving the ring.

So in normal life Web/Enterprise 2.0 is a way of life, but in a wedding people tend to be more traditional. That is of course no problem, but if you think about a bit surprising, as it is so different from normal life.

On the other hand, right after the wedding the normal life continues, so I expect some blog post (like this one) on the wedding, lot’s of online photo’s and maybe even some youtubes and some posts in our wiki.