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Goodnight, and good luck

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I'm sad to say that this will be my last post here on Computer Weekly's Social Enterprise, so I'm afraid I must bid you farewell. I don't know what's going to happen here, whether someone else will take over or whether the archives will be preserved in aspic. But I do know that I'm sad to see the blog go and will miss it.

It's been a really great time writing here. I've read a lot, learnt a lot, written a lot, and met some lovely people. So thank you for reading, for being a part of this experience with me. If you want to carry on reading my stuff, I'll now go back to writing regularly on my own blog, Strange Attractor so please do feel free to join myself and co-author Kevin Anderson over there. And if any of you fancy hiring me, feel free to get in touch.

Joining the Social Enterprise

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Many thanks to Adam and James for inviting me to write here on The Social Enterprise. I hope to have a long and fruitful tenure!

I'll be writing about all aspects of social technology in business, whether behind the firewall or out there in the world wild web. From tools and techniques to random thoughts and interviews with the people who make all this stuff happen, I'll be spreading my net as widely as possible.

If you have questions to ask or issues you want me to delve into, please do leave a comment below. Equally, I'll be on the look out for social media events around the UK and the world, so please be my ears and let me know when you hear of something relevant, especially if they are local barcamp style events that I might not otherwise hear about.

If you want to send me a tip, then you can leave a comment, email me or message me on Twitter where I am @suw. Please do say hello!

An Ending, and a Beginning

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I had such good intentions. It was a subject I was passionate about, it was a way for me, as RBI's head of blogging, to lead by example. I was going to have fun here. But after a burst of activity about Web 2.0 Expo Europe and Le Web last year, this blog has been largely moribund.

The timing was unfortunate  - the launch of the Social Enterprise coincided with a huge upsurge in my work level at RBI, and I could never give the topic the attention it deserved. However, it is with a great deal of pleasure that I give it up. Why? Because James has found someone to replace me, who knows this subject far better than I do. Someone whose blogging and thinking about social media I've been following since I started blogging. Someone who is one of the very few who can genuinely claim to be an expert in this field.

Her first post will no doubt surface later this afternoon. But if you want a clue, she appeared in one of the earliest posts on the blog.

Thanks for reading, both of you, and I leave you in far better hands than mine. 

Welcome to the Social Enterprise

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Web 2.0 Expo Media RoomHello, and welcome to Computer Weekly's latest blog, The Social Enterprise. The concept of Web 2.0 has become the focus

This use of Web 2.0 in the enterprise is going to come into sharp focus in the coming months. As economic woes increase, social web startups are going to be looking to enterprise sales to fund them, as advertising sales fall away. And enterprises themselves are going to be focusing on cost-efficient solutions to increase business efficiency. And that's the key promise of enterprise social software - to unlock the knowledge in your staff, and increase collaboration across the business.

These are make or break days for the concept of social software - and for companies who have to make the decision to adopt it, or not.

Of course, Social Enterprise has connotations beyond just the use of social software. A business that uses social tools internally, but has no social awareness outside the company firewall probably lacks a real relationship with its customer base, so expect some blogging on related topics, too.

I'm writing this post in the Media Room of the Web 2.0 Expo in Berlin, a three-day get-together for the European Web 2.0 community, and I'll be blogging the best of the enterprise-related content of the congress here. I hope you'll join me over the next few days.

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