Thursday, July 03, 2008

We need to be teaching social networking

Beehive: IBM's Facebook for business

If you don't think we should be teaching social networking skills, think again! Our students may be at a competitive disadvantage if they do not know how to use these tools:

Beehive is an internal social networking site that gives IBMers a "rich connection to the people they work with” on both a personal and a professional level. Beehive helps employees make new connections, track current friends and coworkers, and renew contacts with people they have worked with in the past. When employees join Beehive, they get a profile page. They can use the status message field and the free-form “About Me” section on their profile page to let other people at IBM know where they are, what they are doing, and what they are thinking. Beehive also lets them post photos, create lists to share their thoughts, and organize events.

I am impressed by the work IBM has been putting into using Web 2.0 technology. IBM has been an innovator in the use of social networking technologies such as Second Life and now Beehive. Beehive is another excellent example of their work in the Web 2.0 collaboration and community building space. It is good for us that IBM has also been great about sharing what the are doing with education.

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