In his seminal article on Enterprise 2.0, professor Andrew McAfee lays out the six components of next-generation enterprise collaboration platforms:
S – Search
L – Links
A – Authoring
T – Tags
E – Extensions
S – Signals
How does ThoughtFarmer stack up?
“Users are increasingly bypassing [navigation] in favor of keyword searches.”
ThoughtFarmer has a fast, accurate, configurable search engine.
“Links are an excellent guide to what’s important… Many people have to be given the ability to build links.”
All ThoughtFarmer users can easily embed links in text, or even create directories of links.
“When authoring tools are deployed… the intranet shifts from being the creation of a few to being the constantly updated, interlinked work of many.”
All ThoughtFarmer users can create and edit content with a few clicks.
“[Folksonomies] reflect the information structures and relationships that people actually use, instead of the ones that were planned for them in advance.”
All ThoughtFarmer users can apply tags to pages and documents.
“Moderately ‘smart’ computers take tagging one step further by automating some of the work of categorization and pattern matching.”
ThoughtFarmer tagging enables faceted browsing — quickly mine through lists of thousands of pages by progressively applying tags.
“The final element of the SLATES infrastructure is technology to signal users when new content of interest appears.”
ThoughtFarmer alerts you to new content via RSS or email notifications.
ThoughtFarmer is 100% SLATES-compliant.
But is it FLATNESSES-compliant? I’ll address this in a future blog post.