Derek Abdinor

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New! Free! XBRL tool for accountants

Ok, the heading is misleading and would constitute baiting if I cared enough. Found via Dianne Mueller and sure to become an internet meme. Explaining an accounting process need not be dry when you see these cartoons (click on the image). Sure to give the Plain English versions a run for their money. From JICPA, the Japanese Institute of Certified Public Accountants. […]

Enterprise microblogging: the business case

This post appeared first in Corporate Website. (29 October 2007) Microblogging (Twitter, Jaiku) has caught the imagination of millions as a revolutionary communication tool. Many have grokked the uses of microblogs for the enterprise, but nothing has transpired as yet, excepting Google rousing and snapping up Jaiku. Perhaps corporate IT are still getting to terms with Web 2.0 and microblogging […]

Web 2, microblogging and the California Fires

Web 2 has always been about communication, not technology. About using all different methods of getting accurate information, collaboration, dissemination. What better time to put it to the test in an organic, non-rational, human situation: the california fires. Mashups of maps, microblogging and user-generated video are some of the uses. Remember the London bombings 2 years ag, where mobile phone […]

Facebook: 10 lessons for the enterprise (so far)

Love it or hate it, Facebook and other social media are here and they’re changing the online habits of your employees and customers. It would be churlish to dismiss social media as a fad with no impact on your organisation other than being a tool for employees to squander their billable time; at the same time, Facebook is not going […]

Google buys Jaiku

Google buys out Jaiku, the microblogging platform that is a bit more serious than Twitter and Pownce. Why? Well, Twitter is the popular kid and has all the gadgets and messaging interfaces, but you cannot extend it beyond its mass appeal interface. Pownce was always aimed at the teen market with its buzz and image-video upload. No sirree, Jaiku is […]

Microblogging for the Enterprise

This article was first posted to BizCommunity in September 2007. A microblog is a smaller version of a blog, usually limiting posts to 140 characters. Woo-hoo, so it’s a variation on the blogging theme, but less space to make an idiot of yourself. Why then is it one of the fastest-growing applications in the history of the Internet? Is there […]

Blogosphere: tipping point and beyond

“The blogosphere has hit the mainstream, according to a new survey, which reveals that 80% of Americans know what a blog is, 50% regularly visit blogs, and 8% publish their own blog. The survey also reveals that more women than men are bloggers, with 20% of American women who have visited blogs having their own versus 14% of men.” This […]

Microblogging: its getting hot

The last few days have been a flurry of buzz around microblogging in general and twitter in particular (Note: I started jaiku before twitter but prefer the latter). First, Dominic Jones wrote a visceral article about the potential use for it to disperse investor info (this days after SUN Microsystems released their results online ). Dominic’s article led me to […]

The SUN comes out on investor reporting 2.0

A historic event occurred a few days ago with the release of SUN Microsystems’ fourth quarter and full fiscal year results, for the year ended June 30, 2007. They issued the release to the market/public in the following sequence: on the SUN website via RSS feeds through traditional paid subscriber channels Form 8-K (US mandatory filing) CEO of Sun, Jonathan […]

Media: The first socially-networked president

TechPresident is an online aggregating service about all the US Presidential candidates’ use of online social media. You get to measure their effectiveness, or newsworthiness, on Flickr, Facebook, YouTube, and Technorati. Votojournalism The excellent portmanteau of Voter and Photojournalism, for voter-generated content where users post pictures of the candidates on the campaign trail, online. I think the term will be […]

Media: bloggers do advertorials

Microsoft has managed to persuade influential bloggers (in the US) to say favourable things about their catch-phrase “people ready“. For payola, of course. (I can’t bring myself to link to any of the sites in this post). Related thoughts in time and out of season: There I was thinking citizen journalism was impervious to the pitfalls of old media Very […]

Blog intelligence

Picked up this article via IR magazine. In summary: IROs are beginning to monitor blogs about their companies Many blogs have far more credibility than chat rooms ever did Influential bloggers can affect reputation and even stock price Your disclosure policy should cover comments posted on blogs I created a blog for Barloworld in 2006, but with all the gatekeeping […]