Groovespace and Blogspace

Jon Udell writes about the strengths and drawbacks of Groovespace and Blogspace:

Strengths of Groove:
– context assembly (all the parts kept together)
– well-defined groups
– private/secure
– space is truly shared, interaction is direct

Drawbacks of Groove:
– don’t always need all the parts here on my disk, the web’s approach (pointers) is often easier/better
– don’t always need well-defined groups, the web’s fluidity and loose affiliation can be easier/better
– don’t always need private/secure, can work against the “horizon of observability” effect
– don’t always need shared-space direct interaction, weblogs that federate but are individually controlled are a different and useful model

Strengths of Weblogs:
– pretty much the inverse of above

Drawbacks of Weblogs:
– pretty much the inverse of above

As a backgrounder on Groove, here is an interview with Ray Ozzie, CEO of Groove:

Groove is a platform to enable it to be applied to business processes that are common across a range of organizations and industries, such as product design, as well as to activities that are more vertical in nature. The highest-value collaborative systems are the vertical ones, meaning the more focused on vertical business processes you are, the higher the utility and value in the collaborative process.

That said, people engage in multiple types of collaborative activities, and one of the things I learned from my experience with Notes is that they get leverage by using a consistent set of tools across different activities in their jobs. Furthermore, structured processes represent only a small fraction of the interaction that we have with other people in an organization. Ad hoc processes occupy a good degree of the amount of time that we spend interacting with other people. So Groove, like Notes, is a platform that provides a consistent set of functions that can be used in many types of activities, as well as molded into vertical uses.

Plenty of food for thought…Blogs don’t lend themselves well for ad hoc groups formation. The question to ponder is how can we enable that? We want something which overcomes the drawbacks of blogs (as outlined by Udell).

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Rajesh Jain

An Entrepreneur based in Mumbai, India.