Intro to Networked Collaboration

Skype – Erin & Berry

Berry and I had a great Skype session this afternoon. I’ve inserted some screen shots above (they should enlarge and maybe even be readable if you click them!) Berry had made an agenda for us using Google Docs, which you can see on the left hand side of the first screen shot. I’ll touch on a few things that we talked about and Berry may want to mention some more.

We began by sharing a little about ourselves and then moved into a discussion of various online networking sites. We weighed the merits of Myspace and Facebook and agreed that Facebook is much more functional/user-friendly. We discussed Twitter and Delicious, and Berry shared an article about the U.S. government’s concern that Twitter could be used as a means for terrorists to communicate (see screen shot #2 with the article on the left hand side of the screen), which is somewhat alarming… does the government want to monitor things like Twitter?! Big Brother and 1984, here we come. I had been particularly interested in the reading “A Travel Guide to Collaboration” (Alice Dragoon) because it addresses a lot of issues that I’m dealing with at one of my jobs. (I work at a large company that is in the process of merging with another large company, and many of the two companies’ electronic files are incompatible. As much as we would like to collaborate and share resources, we are often stymied because of the sheer technological difficulties.) I shared a link to Exostar, a third party provider that offers neutral workspaces for companies that want to collaborate (mentioned in Dragoon’s article). See screen shot #3. Berry shared a link to a similar collaboration site called Basecamp (screen shot #4).

A great conversation! Thanks, Berry!


October 26, 2008 - Posted by | Uncategorized


  1. Love the screen shots. No idea how you got all those things open and working at the same time, but looks very productive and the kind of thing to do to really have a good networked collaboration working session. Will try to figure it out later.

    Comment by brettbarndt | October 27, 2008 | Reply

  2. Heh, yes their presentation puts us to shame so far, but we’ll get this!

    Despite taking a while to get everything on track, its really wonderful to learn how new platforms are enabling easy and visual exchange of information and communication through the web. I’ve already shown team whiteboarding through to several business friends of mine and they love it. Also, I’ve come across all sorts of handy office tools online, its great!

    Comment by kelboa | October 28, 2008 | Reply

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