Connect Adds Geolocation

Published on March 11th, 2009 2 Comments

Now, we know where you are . . . but only if you tell us. Yesterday, Rich completed the addition of geolocation tracking to Connect. Now, when you OraTweet your location or update your Connect status with the secret phrase “@location” followed by a place (address or city or country), Connect stores your location. And […]

Twitter Break: Unexpected Use Cases, Search

Published on March 2nd, 2009 2 Comments

I read a couple Twitter news items today that interested me. First was an interesting TED talk from Twitter co-founder and CEO, Evan Williams. It’s embedded below, if you’re reading on theappslab. If you’re not, click through and have a look. It’s only eight minutes, so not a major time spend. The title caught my […]

More on Social Search

Published on February 17th, 2009 9 Comments

So, yesterday I started making the case for social search as an excellent way to find information locked away within an enterprise, and the ability to get good information from social search pays for investments in social networks. I didn’t cover much detail though. So, that’s the focus of today’s post. Social search in my […]

Social Search Wins

Published on February 16th, 2009 9 Comments

When you start talking to an enterprise crowd about social networking, inevitably someone asks for real business benefits, a.k.a. ROI. I know, hard to believe. When we first started the ‘Lab, Paul used to ask how many people have a Facebook/MySpace/LinkedIn account. Usually less than half the room would raise hands, and that number went […]

On Avatars

Published on February 6th, 2009 4 Comments

I found this interesting post from Hivelogic about avatars in Rich’s shared items this week. Turns out it’s both timely and exactly in-line with my own experiences and thoughts about avatars. Dan’s post is definitely worth a read, and to encourage a click-through on your part, I’ll only cite him when we happen to agree. […]

The Oracle People iPhone App is Here

Published on February 4th, 2009 254 Comments

Update: There is a new version of this app, Oracle People2. It supports iOS 4 and 3.x. See the details here. As before, drop a comment here or on the newer post to get the details from me. With many thanks to Clayton Donley who built the app with help from Rich, Anthony and Noel, […]

Connect’s Third Version Launches

Published on January 25th, 2009 Leave a Comment

On Friday, Rich and Anthony updated Connect to what we’re calling 3.0, or that’s what I’m calling it. The UI has changed from blue back to white, and the main navigation is now on the left, versus on the top. Maybe you recognize the UI; remember when we showed off some mockups back in August? […]

Connect API Goodness

Published on January 13th, 2009 4 Comments

As you probably know already, Connect is our internal social network. It’s been around a while, and we’ll soon be launching a UI redesign, as teased late last Summer. In the 18 months since we launched Connect, we’ve accumulated quite a bit of social data about people: their profiles, avatars, work experience, personal interests, and […]

The Oracle Mix Blog

Published on January 3rd, 2009 4 Comments

So, a couple days ago, Tim started The Oracle Mix Blog, which will be the official home for all things related to Mix. That’s not to say we won’t talk about Mix here, but if you want to hear news from the source or want to get the attention of those guys, that will be […]

It’s That Time of Year, Again

Published on December 29th, 2008 4 Comments

I hope everyone had an enjoyable week of holiday fun. As promised, here’s the first of those obligatory year-end posts, and as is customary, let’s look back at 2008 before we peer ahead into 2009. I would have done this anyway, but friend of the ‘Lab Jim dropped a note asking to see the top […]

Two Great Tastes that Taste Great Together

Published on December 17th, 2008 4 Comments

I haven’t had much to say about work lately, but Rich provided a nice nugget today. He integrated OraTweet, Noel‘s internal, micro-blogging app with Connect’s Activity Log. So, now in addition to all the social activity and HR information we surface in the Log, you can also see the (Ora)tweets of your network, your groups […]

Google Friend Connect Adds Twitter

Published on December 15th, 2008 4 Comments

Hard to believe, but not everyone seems excited about Google Friend Connect or Facebook Connect or MySpaceID for that matter. Must be the time of year. Anyway, I remain excited about GFC because if nothing else, it adds social to any web site, which is something I think appeals to the vast majority of users. […]

Email: A Love/Hate Relationship

Published on December 2nd, 2008 12 Comments

We all use email, like it or not. Even Gen Y uses email to communicate with “old people“, despite their preference for SMS, IM, and social networks. How many accounts do you have? Probably at least two, one for work communication, one for personal mail. Boston College has recognized this trend, announcing that incoming freshmen […]

Connect for Your iPhone

Published on November 21st, 2008 16 Comments

As I teased earlier in the week, Rich has been cooking up Connect People Search for your iPhone. Last night, it went live. This isn’t an iPhone app because, as we all know, there are a few issues preventing an app that requires behind the firewall access: 1) we can’t yet connect to VPN using […]

Oracle Listens Launches

Published on September 19th, 2008 4 Comments

Justin teased this earlier in the month, and today, Oracle Listens took over I’m glad they overcame the hiccups that initially postponed its launch, and I’m nervously waiting for a flood of email to hit our support distribution list. If you read here, you’ll remember that we’ve shifted our focus to Connect, our internal […]

Email Pain Point Solved by Social Network

Published on September 18th, 2008 8 Comments

Stop me if you’ve heard this one. Someone sends an email to a distribution list. Someone replies to all, and people start asking for removal, also replying to all. Snarky comments ensue. Inbox is stuffed with replies to all. You know the drill. So, yesterday morning, someone sent an innocuous request to a sales distribution […]

Separated at Birth?

Published on September 10th, 2008 2 Comments

While answering comments today, a separated at birth popped into my head for Google Chrome, the HAL 9000. The Chrome logo is also very reminiscent of eyes the CG Transformers have in last year’s live-action movie. I don’t recall that Skynet had a logo, but I’m sure it would be the type of shiny eye […]

OpenSocial Update

Published on September 4th, 2008 2 Comments

I haven’t blogged about our OpenSocial progress since Rich finished up his last mockup revisions a few weeks ago. Not a whole lot to report, Rich got pulled away to work on a Mix hardware upgrade for a week, then he took a well-deserved break. My guess is he’s refreshed and back cranking out the […]

Deploy OpenSocial Locally with a Sample Network

Published on August 25th, 2008 2 Comments

Browsing through Rich’s Google Reader Shared Items, I found we had both shared this post from the OpenSocial API Blog: Let’s get this Partuza started! Recently, as people have started to realize the utility of Connect as an OpenSocial container, we’ve been getting more requests for access to our development sandboxes. Developer rockstars inside the […]

Mix Gets a Makeover

Published on August 20th, 2008 7 Comments

If you use Mix, you probably noticed something new today. Lost weight? Tan? Haircut? Yes to all of the above, applied to a web app. Mix got a branding makeover last night, among other things, to reflect more closely its siblings in the * family. You may have noticed less chatter on this channel about […]

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