Features that make a distributed Internet based mechanism work – Understanding the success of Stack Overflow

27 October 2012 Categories: Internet tools

The video Founders@Google Presents: The Cultural Anthropology of Stack Exchange discusses design decisions that make 'Stack Overflow' such a successful question and answer system. It is interesting because you can see how the combination of cultural, behavioral, and also technical considerations of the system make it work so well – compared to other systems with similar goals.


Google Reader Tips and Practices for Power Users

18 September 2009 Categories: Internet tools

Google Reader logoGoogle reader is probably the best RSS reader available today. Here are some tips and practices for power users (hopefully, you) to help you better manage your RSS reading time and leverage it, tweak Google Reader to use first and second level categorization, and optimize you RSS subscription list.

Use folders to prioritize your reading

At a certain point you've probably realize that it is just not possible to read all of the new items you get. One possible solution is to use folders to categorize your feeds. Once you categorized all your feeds, you can read prioritize your reading by urgency level. For example, I use a folder called 'Immediate' where I put feeds that I want to read the moment they publish something new because it is important for me to know about them as soon as possible. These could be work related or new trends, usually things that if no read within day or two (sometimes less), they became irrelevant. Other folders I use are 'friends', 'Podcasts', 'Premier Blogs', and some more. I also use a 'must read' folder for things that I want to read sometime, but it doesn't really matter when (such as family blogs or new WordPress plugins).

Use folders to prioritize your reading



Survey: How do You Process Online Information?

16 August 2009 Categories: information overload

information processing methodsEvery day we read, hear, and see tens of web pages if not more. How do you process the useful and interesting information you find online? Do you send it to yourself via email? Do you star it in Google Reader or add tags? Or maybe you just rely on the good old brain to retrieve the right information at the right time?

To participate, write in the comments what are your online information processing methods.

Next month I’ll post a summary of all the answers.

image by kevindooley


Use Windows Built-In Search to Look For Project Related Information

09 June 2009 Categories: Knowledge Management

Upon undertaking a new project it is a good practice to search for related work done in your organization. Asking co-workers if they are aware of such a work is one (good) way to do it. Another way is to search for documents in your file system. The latter can be done using the built-in search feature in windows.

To search for documents related to you project, do the following:

  1. Go to the root folder (found it under ‘My Computer’, you can use the keyboard shortcut Winkey + E).
  2. Click the “Search” button on the upper toolbar (see image below).
  3. A new window will open inside the current one.  Write a keyword related to the new project in the search box and hit search. You can search all or part of file names or a word or a phrase inside files.

screenshout of a folder with an arrow poiting at the search button in the upper toolbar

The built-in search feature in windows folders

The results of the search you performed are a good base for the new project. It will allow you to continue previous work undertaken in your organization and save you time reinventing the wheel.


The Online Collaboration Tools Guide

18 April 2009 Categories: Internet tools

Numerous Collaboration tools and online storage applications offer a variety of collaboration abilities. Online collaborated editing, synchronization across computers, multiple file sharing , and on-the-spot windows and document sharing are just some of them. The following review will help you know and choose the right collaboration tools for your needs.

This is an excerpt of a guest post I wrote on ReadWriteWeb (by now it got more the 210 tweets). To read the full post visit the online collaboration tools guide.


Video – Building Innovation Teams – What is Your Learning Type?

04 April 2009 Categories: Innovation

A great video about learning, innovation,  and the combination of the two to create innovation teams. The video, created by Roger H. Shealy, is based on a paper by Sara L. Beckman and Michael Barry. Read the full paper here: PDF iconInnovation as a Learning Process: Embedding Design Thinking

Innovation as a Learning Process from Roger H. Shealy on Vimeo.

Via The Content Economy