Feb 23, 2007 (07:02 PM EST)
IT Confidential: What Web 2.0 Will Mean For Workforce 2.0
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Our cover story this week, "Enterprise 2.0," describes the increasing use of Web 2.0 technologies in business computing, technologies that are particularly popular among college students these days. What lessons are today's students learning from Web 2.0, and what outcomes can we expect as they move into the corporate world?
It hasn't deterred college students. According to Sorin Matei, a professor of communications at Purdue University, in a release explaining his concern, teachers are fighting a losing battle against students using Wikipedia as a reference source. "Students are addicted to Wikipedia," he said.
Lesson: Believe everything you read on the Internet. Outcome: Corporate reports that cite trivia buffs, spiritual therapists, and experts in the secret history of the United States.
Technology: File sharing
Lesson: Content is free. Outcome: An explosion of corporate presentations using theme music from Fall Out Boy and My Chemical Romance.
Technology: Social networking.
Lesson: There's no such thing as privacy. Outcome: More information on the corporate network about your co-workers than you wanted to know.
Lesson: See lesson No. 1. Outcome: "I haven't done much research on this project yet, but my opinion is that it will work out fine."
Technology: Streaming video
Lesson: Video rules. Outcome: Corporate video newsletters, Jackass style.
I'm waiting for Web 3.0: implantable computing. Let's network over an industry tip: email@example.com or phone 516-562-5326.
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