Iâ€™ve been to a few events this year that all had something in common: online chat during the presentations or discussions. Usually it was done with IRC, which allows anyone with an Internet connection and the technical ability to join in the chat. Iâ€™ve been thinking about my experiences lately and how it affects my attention. I have mixed feelings overall. The chat creates a second place for me to spend my attention at the event and Iâ€™d say that if I split my attention between the... Continue Reading
local6.com - News - Internet Chat Room Saves Fla. Woman's Life A Bradenton, Fla., woman who suffered a severe asthma attack and was unable to reach a phone was saved after someone in her online chat room responded to her plea for help, according to a Local 6 News report. Curiously, they show a picture of the woman on the site talking on the phone. Whaaa? Why isn't she at a computer?
In this entry Joi Ito describes how just hired two people from "IRC" a chat resources. Because they participated over time, he got to know them, became trustful of them and eventually hired them. I recently hired two people who were IRC regulars. I felt very comfortable after "getting to know them" over the last few months on IRC. Of course face to face meetings and interviews were essential, but the time spent with them on IRC really added to my ability to judge their character. His post... Continue Reading
There has been some recent discussion about new ways people are interacting at conferences. The New York Times "In the Lecture Hall, A Geek Chorus" and Ross Mayfield got some of the discussion started and Clay Shirky followed up with some good points. Here's a quick introduction from my perspective: It's a little like passing notes in class- except via the Internet. Wireless Internet connections at conferences and lectures are allowing people to use laptops and other tools to communicate in... Continue Reading
Discover.com: A Chat Room Like No Other I don't think there will ever be a replacement for good old fashioned face-to-face encounters, there are some online "worlds" out there that are getting closer and closer to the social queues that we depend on for really understanding each other in communication. There.com is in beta testing now and it's supposed to take the interaction in virtual worlds to a new level. When your on-screen representative frowns, his shoulders sag along with the... Continue Reading
FCW.com: DOD chat use exploded in Iraq The U.S. military, especially the Navy, relied heavily on chat rooms as a means of communication during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Although the technology performed admirably, it poses new challenges. I think this is good for the progression of social software into businesses. Like so many innovations before them, online communication tools may need to pass the military test in order for conservative businesses to see them as something they can really use.... Continue Reading