Social Networks in India – Orkut Stands Apart!!

PC World has voted Orkut as the best social networking site in India. The news release itself is sketchy and does not delve into the details. The article says :

“In terms of user experience it is the easiest to navigate, with its straight forward, uncomplicated and clean interface. However, it may not be the best bet for those looking for business networking. It could also do with brighter colors. Orkut also faces some charges of unsuitability for an increasingly younger audience. “

Facebook & LinkedIn are not covered as a part of the study even though both are in the top 100 most visited sites from India. Facebook is the 22nd most visited site from India according to Alexa. Other serious contenders like Hi5, Tagged and MySpace and Bharatstudent have also been left out – All of these are in the top 100 most visited sites from India. Yaari ranks a distant 1600 in traffic and MingleBox 135 while BharatStudent.com ranks 30. Click here for a traffic comparison of Minglebox, Yaari and Bharatstudent.com. I just wish PC World had released a more detailed comparison report – both in terms of features and the sites covered as part of the study.

Enterprise KM – Obsession With Sanitization

Over the past couple of years that I have been involved in KM and Collaboration, one the problems I see consistently is the obsession with “sanitizing” content that goes into the KM system. This sanitization usually involves removing confidential information, client names in some cases,project estimates etc., – essentially stuff that cannot or should NOT be shared. While I acknowledge that this is a need in many industries where security and compliance are key, there is a risk of this need becoming an obsession. When this happens, so called “Knowledge champions” and content managers in the company spend 80% of their time in ensuring that 20% of the content that should not be shared doesn’t get to the system. “Knowledge champions” ought to be community builders and evangelists for a bigger cause – connecting people to drive conversations and getting stuff that matters into the system. Which leads us to the question as to who should be sanitizing content? My gut feeling is that this should either be the individual who is uploading this document into the system who is responsible enough or trained to understand this or some kind of a back office – It cannot be the knowledge champion in the organization. Liberate them to do better things – to create connections, foster conversations and drive change.