Intranet vs. Social Media

I thought Euen Semple’s blog today comparing the ineffectiveness of most Intranet (enterprise) search engines with social media as a means of getting to relevant information and knowledge was spot on. Not much I can add, so suggest you read the source. All at bit close to the heart, since I’m currently doing some work with a large gov agency who are implementing a new Intranet search engine, and also a local gov agency who are developing social media tools. I think part of the answer to this conundrum is to start integrating things like discussion forums into the enterprise’s Intranet search index – the best of both worlds maybe?

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  1. Euan Semple said:

    Actually I should have said that our forums, wikis and blogs were all indexed by the main search and presented as separate elements of the search results.

    January 9, 2007
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  2. Dave said:

    How search works is undergoing the beginnings of a revolution, led by Jimmy Wales, with his Search Wikia project [1]. I think that the way we define search will change dramatically over the next couple of years, with the rise in importance of semantics, microformats and social media.

    [1] http://search.wikia.com

    January 9, 2007
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