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Social Media Platforms For Your Enterprise 2.0 Solution or Non-Profit Organization

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Social Media Platforms For Enterprise 2.0 Solutions

Have A Plan For your Social Media

You can spend a lot of time and money building the wrong thing or building the right thing wrong.  Invest time with the stakeholders and users before thinking about technology.  What are your objectives?  What are YOUR benefits to using social media in your enterprise 2.0 solution?  Who is your target audience?  Your target audience will resist participating, if they can not see any benefits.  Your benefits include the benefits of users, managers, and your organization as a whole.  What does your organization hope to accomplish with Enterprise 2.0 or Social Media?

I have discovered many possible social media platforms for my enterprise 2.0 solution.  The choices are almost overwhelming.  Building an enterprise 2.0 solution requires an understanding of the needs and current work-flows.  I don’t believe there is a “One-Size-Fits-All” solution.  You may be familiar with the phrase “No need to re-invent the wheel”.  There are a lot of MySpace, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube type of scripts out there that would give you the ability to emulate these web sites in your enterprise 2.0 platform.  You may need to ask yourself about the benefits and examine your objectives.  These sites are great at what they are and may be meeting their owner’s objectives.  How important is it for you to know your colleagues’ favorite movies or music?  Do you have a need for instant web/mobile communications?  A Twitter type of tool is good if your needs require and one or more of your objectives can be met with a micro-blogging solution.  You can piece different blogging, bookmarking, forum, media packages together or work with one of the social media platform bundles below.  You may even want to create a hybrid.

Social Media Platform Software and Services

Elgg: powerful, professional social networking

Elgg empowers individuals, groups and institutions to create their own fully-featured social network.

PHPizabi: Human Networking has a cutting edge, too!

PHPizabi is one of the most powerful social networking platforms on the planet. With literally thousands of websites powered by PHPizabi including everything from simple friends sites to the most complex networking super sites out there. Easy to install, use, and raising the bar on what it is to provide a reliable, fast, social networking package to raise your business to the next level.

WordPress Multi-User Blogging Software

WordPress takes blogging to the next level by creating powerful self-hosted software that anyone could install and have a blog within minutes.

Now with MU wordpress is making it as easy to create a thousand blogs as it was to create a single blog with WordPress 3 years ago. By building on the base of WordPress and syncing development, we get the benefit of the huge ecosystem in plugins and themes that has developed around the project. Also check out and roll them up into a custom platform

Mambo Content Management System

Mambo is one of the most powerful Open Source Content Management Systems on the planet. It is used all over the world for everything from simple websites to complex corporate applications.

Joomla Content Management System

Joomla is an award-winning content management system (CMS), which enables you to build Web sites and powerful online applications. Many aspects, including its ease-of-use and extensibility, have made Joomla the most popular Web site software available. Best of all, Joomla is an open source solution that is freely available to everyone. Also check

Open Source Content Management Systems for Social Media was created to give you the opportunity to “try out” some of the best free and open source software systems in the world. Each system listed here provides for a user demo so you can make an informed decision regarding which system best suits your needs without having to go through the tedious process of installing multiple systems only to find they don’t do what you require.

Bonus Social Media Software Choice

Pluck SiteLife Social Media Platform

Pluck’s SiteLife social media platform allows leading publishers, retailers and brands to integrate community directly into their core site experiences.

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Learn the secrets of a SUCCESSFUL Enterprise 2.0 Social Media project

Hey, a Social Media book with NO CODE! LOVE IT!

The strategy for a SUCCESSFUL social web project is CLEARLY explained in “designing for the social web”.

Joshua Porter did a great job in each and every part of this book including colorful images to help convey key points so you can easily understand and create your successful social web strategy.

I work as a professional technology consultant and have been working the social web before it got all it’s cool buzz words. I’m sure you have heard them too, Web 2.0, AJAX, Rails, Social Media, E2.0, Enterprise 2.0, Gov2.0, Cloud Computing, & many more. Next time you hear someone talking about Enterprise 2.0 (E2.0) or any other buzzword of the day, ask them what it means. “What is Enterprise 2.0?” If they start talking about ajax, sharepoint, php, or other technology, then ask someone else. Now, don’t get me wrong, I love all these buzz words, they help get all our hard work in the voice of mainstream media. The buzz & hype of the social web force some things to market before they are ready or ever needed. This IS NOT the case with Designing for the Social Web. This book was carefully crafted for your enjoyment.

There are a lot of books, blogs, software, and other resources about the social web. Most of these are based on theory or focused a certain technology. Josh shares his expertise from the REAL WORLD with a focus on WHY! I hope you don’t make a mistake by not reading this book.

Please invest the cost of a couple cups of coffee into yourself and read this book.

Have you read this book? Tell us what you think.



Web 2.0: A Strategy Guide
Web 2.0: A Strategy Guide

Amy Shuen has a firm grip on the long tail. Get your face in this book and don’t blink while she takes you on a fascinating journey to the tipping point fueled by the wisdom of crowds. My space on the shelf for this book is empty because her book is always in my hand. I bought several copies of her book as gifts for friends.

Amy Shuen is to the world of Web 2.0 as Ludwig van Beethoven’s influence is to the world of music. Her impact on web strategy is comparable to da Vinci’s impact on art. She is ahead of her time. Get her book before the ground swell from tribes of new influencers leaves you in a wikinomic downturn.

I have been in the web business since the early 90s. I am a professional technology consultant and thought leader. I have a huge collection of books, papers, & resources related to my industry and Amy’s book is my most prized possession. I recommend getting extra copies for you and your colleagues.

One snippet from this book clearly explains how a small strategy adjustment saved a tremendous amount of money for a well known company. Depending on your reach, this tiny snippet can help save you $1,000’s – $1,000,000’s. I would spend far more than the price of this whole book for this one snippet.

One last flckr of thought. What if your competition already has this book?

Get yours now.

Please feel free to check these youtube videos of Amy presenting some of the information in this amazing book.

Amy Shuen on How Users Create Value

Amy Shuen on How People Build Connections

Amy Shuen on how Networks Multiply Effects