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"Conversation. What is it? A Mystery! It's the art of never seeming bored, of touching everything with interest, of pleasing with trifles, of being fascinating with nothing at all. How do we define this lively darting about with words, of hitting them back and forth, this sort of brief smile of ideas which should be conversation?" Guy de Maupassant

Tuesday, August 31, 2004

Interactive Pillows

What next in long-distance communication? 

We have text, we have audio, we have video - now there's an exploration of other sensorials in communication - gestures and touch !

"Communication via... pillows. A project of Play research studio (Sweden) explores interactive pillows as a means of enhancing long-distance communications. By leaning against, touching, or hugging one of the two pillows, the pattern on the other one activates and glows dynamically. Changing from one pattern to another, gestures are exchanged remotely.... "[Smart Mobs]

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Fired for Blogging - Is the blog becoming a tool to fire employees ?

Judith pointed me to this :

"Friendster Fires Troutgirl For Blogging?!.

Back in March, 2004 I postedóFriendster Seeking PHP/MySQL Programmers. It was no secret that Friendster was seeking a PHP solution for their sluggish service.

And so, on June 29, 2004, when Joyce Park (Troutgirl) bloggedó
Friendster goes PHPóabout the success of Friendsterís PHP upgrade, I was not surprised. Seemed to be a matter of public record.

Today on Troutgirl I was shocked to readó
Shitcanned. Friendster fired Joyce Parker for blogging.

Lee Wilkins just sent me an email about his Fired for Blogging post while I was composing this ìFriendster Fires Troutgirl?!î and pointed me to Jeremy Zawodnyís Fired for Blogging."

[The Social Software Weblog]

This is quite shocking - really.  Certainly what one least expects from a Social Networking Service.  Also raises some basic questions about how much SNS's really understand the power and potential of social software in transparency, trust and collaboration.  "Trust in blogging comes when organizations start engaging in real voices".

Its been happening quite often.   Give voice then take it away.  Indiscriminately.  Inconsistently.  Needlessly.

Its just not right. Sets a terrible precedent. 

Is the blog now becoming a tool to fire employees ?  When we know it can be a vehicle to hire ?

How can it be prevented from happening again and again ?  Do we need some standards here for employees and bloggers ?

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