Knowledge Network

November 3, 2006 at 1:58 pm | Posted in Attention Management, social software | Leave a comment

I found a great, short blog posting by someone named Patrick talking about Microsoft’s Knowledge Network.  KN is a social networking add-on to SharePoint 2007 that combines elements of automated knowledge discovery, skills inventory, and search.  He describes a basic snowball effect that occurs with knowledge networking where it only becomes valuable when lots of people start using it.

Social networking is a very valuable form of attention management.  In the non-connected (also known as “real”) world, people often determine what to pay attention to by finding out what other people whose opinions they respect are paying attention to, whether it is new music, movies, or other people.  Applying this concept to the virtual world is equally promising.

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