Connect Adds Geolocation

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… Read More

More on Social Search

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… Read More

Social Search Wins

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… Read More

On Avatars

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.… Read More

Connect API Goodness

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… Read More

Email: A Love/Hate Relationship

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… Read More

Oracle Listens Launches

Justin teased this earlier in the month, and today, Oracle Listens took over oracle.com. 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… Read More

Separated at Birth?

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… Read More

OpenSocial Update

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… Read More

Mix Gets a Makeover

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 *.oracle.com family. You may have noticed less chatter on this channel about… Read More