Archive for December, 2011

What will the Samoans’ Online Calendars Do?

As many of you have heard, Samoa is changing time zones and losing a day.

What will their online calendars do? As Flemming Christiansen pointed out in his blog post, users of Notes may have a patch.

 I am enjoying the news coverage.  Because, when John Lance and I were working on Lotus Notes and the Notes calendar, we’d compe up with all sorts of use cases….

For example:

Samantha is flying backward over the internatoinal date line on  the same day as Daylight savings time kicks in. At what time do we have it take effect? (and don’t think it’s irrelevant… she OBVIOUSLY used her local replica and worked during the entire plane ride…)

Ted has a recurring private calendar entryfor his “secret tryst” meeting with Samantha.  If he reschedules one of the series, how can he be sure it remains a private entry? Betty would give him hell is she found out….

Ted got married on Feb 29, 1992.  He made an “Anniversary” entry in his Calendar way back then. Where do we put the anniversary  the other 3 years? Feb 28 or March1? or maybe it doesn’t matter once the wife finds out about Samantha….

We had lots of fun embellishing our use cases. But NEVER, even with John’s creative and comic mind, did we EVER conceive of a use case in which an entire country changes the date!



Social Media, Social Justice — Social Ignorance???

Last Sunday I taught 2 classes at my church about “Social justice”  (the idea of creating a society based on justice and equality).

I thought it might be fun for these high-school kids to tie it in with Social media, so I planned to talk about the Arab spring and the role Facebook played, and Occupy wall street.


The first class has 27 kids. Almost all of them had facebook accounts. But. Not ONE of them had heard of the Arab spring or the role that Facebook played.

I was a bit startled.  And it got me thinking. These were 14 year olds.  So they use Facebook. But with just their friends. They do not watch the evening news with their parents. I admit- My husband and I rarely watch “the evening news” – I get my news on the radio during my commute (and, I admit, a bit from my twitter stream… I heard about the Japan Earthquake from Twitter before the major networks were reporting it.) My own kids might be pretty ignorant of current events and I am not realizing that – because I get my dose away from them,  while I’m in the car.

This is making me wonder – is use of personalized social media potentially making people more isolated or “ignorant”? If you can get ONLY the customized news that you are interested in, or only the things your friends are interested in – will you miss important social, political (or technical?) news and information?   Today’s technology allows me to get “just the content I want”… but… Perhaps  we as members of society also should recieve “the content that we need… to be good global citizens.”


Social Justice, Social Media

I agreed to teach a high school religious education class next Sunday night. The topic is “What is Social Justice and  what can we do to achieve it.” Since it’s with High schoolers I want to incorporate a “Social meida” component and get them talking/thinking about how, if at all, using social media can help achieve Social justice. I’ve jotted some ideas below, but please – add your thoughts and comments as well!

The story of  Twestival – talk about it, show various tweets

Would you consider “texting a number to make a donation” use of social media?

Would you consider the use of Facebook and the role it played in the Arab spring examples of “Social Justice”?

Does “putting conference t-shirts on e-bay” and having the money go to charity count as using social media for social justice?

Other examples? Thanks in advance for any feedback


See you at #LS12

Congratulations to my friends who were notified today that they have speaker slots at the IBM Lotusphere 2012 (#LS12) conference.

(And condolences to those who were not chosen!)

 I participated in 12 Lotusphere conferences as an IBMer. And I loved each one of them.  I spoke at most of them — perhaps 8 or 9.   My first speaking gig was 1999, when Sametime was a brand new product. My last was last year, when I did a Show and Tell with Jamie Liu about extending Notes, Sametime and Symphony with Widgets and APIs.
Along the way I did 3 talks with Mat Broomhall and Mark Feinman (and others) about deploying Sametime (I remember rehearsing our timings while sitting in rocking chairs on the porch of the Boardwalk hotel…). One year we had an M&M theme, since our three names began with M. And we threw packets of M&M’s out into the audience.  If any of you readers have ever been at one of my talks ( especially one of my talks at a LUG), you know I am notorious for throwing things out into the audience. It’s my way of keeping you awake. But,  I may have caused a few “M&M concussions” back then. Shortly thereafter we were banned from throwing things into the audience at Lotusphere (sorry, if I ruined it for all the rest of you!)
This year I will have an new perspective – I’ll  be joining Francie Tanner and other Panagenda members at their booth for the conference!
I am no longer an IBMer – I left IBM in September to  do community management and  user experience design in a whole new field ( 3d Modeling for SolidWorks). But  just because I left the company does NOT mean I left the community! I am still very interested in how organizatoins adopt social business  and improve collaboration.  Thus, I am really lucky  to be able to learn from conference sessions and to join the panagenda folks at their booth.
Please find me on the showcase floor and stop by to say hello at #Ls12! See you there!

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