Social  Media’s True Impact on Haiti, China, and the World | Mashable
We’ve seen some major world events unfold on the social media stage this week, the biggest being Google’s threat to pull out of China and the Haiti earthquake. Google’s actions have brought attention back to the long-standing Internet censorship that blankets China, while the destruction in Haiti has mobilized hundreds of thousands to open their wallets and their hearts. Just like the Iran Election crisis, people are again assessing the impact of social media on the world. It’s clear that social media has the power to impact world politics and the lives of billions, but some have overstated what social media can actually do. We need to understand what social media really is in order to utilize it effectively for social good.

Social Media’s True Impact on Haiti, China, and the World | Mashable

We’ve seen some major world events unfold on the social media stage this week, the biggest being Google’s threat to pull out of China and the Haiti earthquake. Google’s actions have brought attention back to the long-standing Internet censorship that blankets China, while the destruction in Haiti has mobilized hundreds of thousands to open their wallets and their hearts. Just like the Iran Election crisis, people are again assessing the impact of social media on the world. It’s clear that social media has the power to impact world politics and the lives of billions, but some have overstated what social media can actually do. We need to understand what social media really is in order to utilize it effectively for social good.

The Evolution of Social Media and Business | Brian Solis
Social Media is fundamentally transformative and is rapidly evolving the architecture of business, communications, and the dissemination of information and influence. Today, there are businesses that engage in social media and those that do not. Those at least experimenting with the formidable, yet shifting landscape of intelligence and communication are learning how to adapt and connect in a new world of conversation, networking, and influence. Those that have yet to evaluate the opportunities and advantages for socialized marketing, service, sales, and branding will find it increasingly difficult to learn, adapt, and magnetize customers, prospects as well as their influencers.

The Evolution of Social Media and Business | Brian Solis

Social Media is fundamentally transformative and is rapidly evolving the architecture of business, communications, and the dissemination of information and influence. Today, there are businesses that engage in social media and those that do not. Those at least experimenting with the formidable, yet shifting landscape of intelligence and communication are learning how to adapt and connect in a new world of conversation, networking, and influence. Those that have yet to evaluate the opportunities and advantages for socialized marketing, service, sales, and branding will find it increasingly difficult to learn, adapt, and magnetize customers, prospects as well as their influencers.

On June 24th, 2009, IBM announced its first virtual meeting capability for remote, mobile and global teams- Virtual Collaboration for Lotus Sametime. This offering is the result of our research into integrated collaboration tools, a project known as Sametime 3D, which sought to demonstrate the value of integrating virtual world meeting capabilities with existing enterprise applications.

Virtual Collaboration for Lotus Sametime launch video (via jgluckibm)

Remember not so very long ago how amazed you were that Google could return so many useful search results in just a split-second? Today, that kind of speed isn’t enough for many people. The real-time communications inside social networks and microblogging services such as Facebook, FriendFeed, and most of all Twitter have introduced a new immediacy to online interaction and news. Even Google concedes it’s not yet providing an adequate search experience for such real-time streams of information. (via Collecta Launches *Really* Real-Time Search Engine - BusinessWeek)

Remember not so very long ago how amazed you were that Google could return so many useful search results in just a split-second? Today, that kind of speed isn’t enough for many people. The real-time communications inside social networks and microblogging services such as Facebook, FriendFeed, and most of all Twitter have introduced a new immediacy to online interaction and news. Even Google concedes it’s not yet providing an adequate search experience for such real-time streams of information. (via Collecta Launches *Really* Real-Time Search Engine - BusinessWeek)

PointAbout is working with several institutions to create a new type of reporting & alerting system - one where the users are the eyes & ears of the system, and can send user-generated reports into the institution.   This is putting an entirely new spin on “311″ style non-emergency reporting and alerting.