Last month Luis Suarez provided a very useful summary of the power that activity streams can bring to the enterprise in his post, 5 Reasons Why Activity Streams Will Save You From Information Overload. I want to bring this to your attention in case you missed it as I think activity streams can be transformative. Being fans of reducing information overload, i applaud his choice of words to describe some of the benefits of activity streams. I agree with his assessment of the transformative role that this innovation can bring to the enterprise. I see the vendors all enhancing their capabilities in this direction.
Here are the highlights from Luis’s post. I recommend that you go to his work to get all the details.
“Activity Streams permeate throughout transparency and openness.” You will have much more control over the amount and type of alerts that you receive, reducing noise while giving you access to what you want.
“They help you, greatly, be done with the obsession to read AND respond to everything.” Luis and others have written that our email inbox seems to be the one place where we feel the need to read and respond to everything. We need to bring habits form other tools like Twitter to be more selective. I agree completely. Perhaps I am on the leading edge but I have long ago learned to delete the vast majority of my emails without reading them. Sorry to those deleted but you have to prioritize.
“They facilitate serendipity and Informal Learning.” This has long been a byproduct of social media. Luis adds, “both serendipitous knowledge discoveries and informal learning, a.k.a. social learning, are fully immersed, rich experiences that one cannot avoid, but fully embrace when bumping into them time and time again.” If you have more control of what you receive and you do not have to spend time going to different places to find it, then you have more time and space for innovation and discovery. I have found this with the Darwin Awareness Engine.™
“They help flatten organisations and traditionally hierarchical structures.” Now you can become “more agile, proactive and responsive to customers’ problems, requirements, needs and wants.” You allow for communication up and down the organizational structure without the filter of middle managers. New ideas can better reach those that can act on them.
“They inspire an open knowledge sharing culture.” This builds on the last point. It puts knowledge out in the open and limits the gatekeepers.
Thanks to Luis for making all these points about the pivotal role that activity streams can play. I have been promoting activity streams in several blogs but he offers us a comprehensive set of reasons for their power.