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Do CV’s matter any more?

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I was starting to wonder if CV’s matter any more given that anyone with a Linked In account can have their CV included in their profile. I recently came across a blog post written by a recruitment agency about what makes a good CV. Clearly recruitment agencies are the primary conduit for CV’s to larger enterprises so it’s very interesting to see what they have to say about what makes a good CV.  It also proves that CV’s are still legitimate currency despite the ubiquity of Facebook and LinkedIn profiles.

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June 28, 2010 at 8:54 am

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it’s all fun and games until someone loses an eye

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My kids ask me all the time why they can’t sword fight with big sharp sticks and I have to explain to them that even though it will be fine 99% of the time, there just has to be one small error and it can cause a lot of trouble. OK – well I try to put it simpler than that.

Google, Facebook and Ning are providing a fantastic service in rolling out social networking for everyone and it’s transformed the way we communicate, but there are times when you just need to have control over your own data

Global search giant Google apologized to Internet users the world over yesterday for perceptions that it invaded their privacy with its new networking site Buzz. Google  was hit with a NIS 5.5 billion class-action motion in an Israeli court yesterday on the grounds of invasion of privacy.

New Media Med supplies Online Communities which have all the features of Facebook, Ning or Myspace but you have full control and ownership of your data so you can guarantee that your online community is safe and that the data there is secure. Hosting your own data is crucial for organisations whose policies state that patient, employee or member data is not allowed to leave your site. Organisations who have to adhere scientific research protocols, company processes, health service policies or industry regulations can to extend or customise the online community.

We’ve just launched a demo of our online community at

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February 16, 2010 at 11:59 am

The Joy of supplying IT and Making it Beautiful

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Mark Little asked the panel in the web summit last night for advice on setting up his new venture. The last word of the evening came from Wired Editor-at-Large, Ben Hammersley. He just said “Whatever you do Mark  – Make it beautiful”. We all laughed and Mark was really bemused at having  to tell his colleagues in his startup in the morning to “Make it beautiful”. But when you look back at the evening, there was one common theme running through and it was the passion which every entrepreneur had for their idea such as Chris Horn’s joy of getting the first sale with IONA. That simple theme of “Making it Beautiful” was there throughout the evening. There was Craig Newmark’s passion to keep Craigslist as it has always been and not to sell it. And Matt Mullenweg’s clear core values of democratizing writing and making the writing as good as possible.

People ask me how New Media Med is going to make money and I often get very caught up with all the myriad of tantalising economic models which have emerged in the Internet.

Now I’ve settled on

“We make and sell online communities.”

No more complicated economic models.

And keeping it simple is beautiful.  Thanks Ben Hammersley for that suggestion.

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February 5, 2010 at 11:33 am

UCC Launches Lose the Blues built on New Media Med technology

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The Irish Times just did a article on the online community which New Media Med built for University College Cork. The online community called “Lose the Blues” is aimed at students experiencing depressive symptoms. The website is designed specifically for 18-24 year olds, who may be experiencing low moods. The community allows users to share their experience and offer peer support to each other within a safe environment.

The website was developed by Aine Horgan, and is part of a research study being undertaken at UCC by Ms Horgan and supported by Dr John Sweeney and Prof Geraldine McCarthy in the School of Nursing and Midwifery. The aim of the research is to see if the website can help improve one’s mood.

By building this online community,  New Media Med gives UCC complete control over their own data which was very important to ensure a safe environment. Having all the data also allows UCC to produce the reports needed for their research. New Media Med provides all the infrastructure for reliable trusted online communities where you control your own data.

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January 27, 2010 at 1:03 pm

Socialtext – Now we know what we know

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We’ve been using socialtext for our own internal intranet for some time now so I thought I might put down some of the findings from  that experience. We were sending e-mails with attachments and passing links back and forth on skype calls with no recording of the combined wisdom of the company. I found myself browsing back through the transcripts of skype text interchanges and finding fantastic nuggets of wisdom. Topics get fragmented across many places – individual emails, different versions of presentations, excel files and word documents – stored in different desktop applications, shared drives and content management systems. Having become very familiar with Facebook, Twitter and Linked In and wikis, I set about looking for a tool to do provide social media for use internally.

I came across Socialtext which started out as a wiki vendor and was one of the first to introduce social networking and most recently microblogging with its recent introduction of Socialtext Signals, which brings Twitter-like functionality to the enterprise. We deployed socialtext and knowledge within our organisation was being captured piece by piece every day. Here’s a part of our socialtext dashboard:

Now after 6 months we have a very extensive knowledge base which makes it easy to get new employees up to speed or to get potential partners quickly up to speed on what we do and potential collaborations points.

Best of all, when you come back bloated after Christmas, it’s a great way of quickly getting everyone plugged and back tackling the issues which were there in 2009.

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January 1, 2010 at 3:20 pm

Simply Zesty’s social media camp

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Went to simply zesty’s wintercamp on Wednesday – whirlwind tour of how to use social media in businesss from Facebook,Google and more. Full agenda here and Twitter running commentary #szcamp.

It’s all been recorded here on simply zesty’s website. Simply Zesty are a great example for how to use social media.

Things that stood out for me from the meeting were:

Facebook’s priority is to keep their network as a set of trusted friends
UK is better on web content than Ireland – hmmm – and we thought we were the island of saints and scholars

Watch what’s happening in the UK and you’ll see it 3 years later in Ireland
Google’s aim is to get people on to the web as fast as possible so they can sell more advertising
12seconds – video Twitter – record a 12 second video and vweet it

Facebook passed 350 million worldwide  – will it level off before every online person is on facebook?
Iphoto for organising photos on desktop and post to facebook
Urbanspoon find out what your friends have said about any topic
Changing  name of your Facebook page?  – difficult but possible
Facebook’s Privacy policy  changed this week – you will have more granular control of photos
Social search from google is based on your google profile
Google labs has information on different search algorithms
80 reports available in Google analytics – worth checking them all

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December 5, 2009 at 9:17 am

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Jimmy Wales and wikinomics

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Jimmy Wales, co-founder of Wikipedia spoke at Trinity College Dublin last night. I went there to find out about wikinomics. The word wasn’t mentioned once but there were enough clues to how Wikipedia economics works from the philosophy of Jimmy Wales. Wikipedia is a non-profit organisation and is one of the top five Internet sites – enough said on the discussion about whether Wikipedia is a success or not.

He delivered his talk in a very matter of fact unassuming way – not like the big testosterone driven speeches that you get from some of the leader of commercial software companies who either prance around the stage or talk about having the biggest yacht in the world. In fact, it was more like reading s wikipedia article.

Here are some of the things I took away from the talk:

Wikipedia is free – free as in free speech not as in free beer. That’s a key message of the open source movement.

Wales didn’t like using the word crowd-sourcing. When Mark Little asked him about crowd sourcing, Jimmy explained why it wasn’t a good word for what Wikipedia volunteers do because of the connotations with out-sourcing. They don’t do it for the money.

Even though Jimmy Wales is strongly espousing the non-profit, philanthropic message now, he didn’t exactly start out that way in 2000. He wanted to build an online encyclopaedia, Nupedia and he paid people to write articles. In 2001 he decided to switch to the open source model and everything changed.

In the early days he got a lot of encouragement from a lot of the people in – that’s where the essence of the community came from.

Wales firmly believes in is that generally people will act in good faith – the community usually trumps the very small minority which wants to create mischief. It’s interesting that every discussion that I’ve heard on radio or newspaper about Wikipedia always focuses on the few mischief makers. We in New Media Med have seen the same positive community spirit in an online epilepsy community which we started for James’s Hospital. People are helpful and no-one has uttered anything remotely destructive – even though they could – it’s a free open forum.

There is a commercial side to his business. It’s called Wikia but I didn’t get much enlightenment on how that’s going to work out – although he did say it was growing very fast. That development is pretty much the same as Linux and Apache being used in mainstream commercial enterprises.

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November 28, 2009 at 1:43 pm