Social Software – Extending Flickr

I just finished writing two papers together with my co-authors Shakib Manouchehri and Andreas Kuhlenkamp from the Research Centre for the Design of Information Systems, University of Kassel (Germany) on the application of social software in the corporate context (both will be published in German during the next couple of months and I will upload them as soon as the publishers allow). One interesting aspect in terms of knowledge sharing and adoption of innovative practices we discovered was, that people tend to use social software applications in their private life first and from there it is slowly migrating into the corporate context as a grass roots initiative.

This started to make me look at my personal behavior when it comes to using social software tools and I noticed, that at the beginning I tried everything, opened accounts and pages whenever a new tool popped up. But after a while I filtered out what was important for me and now I focus on openBC, sometimes Friendster and LinkedIn (when friends alert me to look at it again) and Flickr to share my fotos.

There is a great website called BigHugeLabs.com which lets you do all kinds of neat stuff with your pictures, like mosaiks (download as jpg and send it around or make postcards out of it), or the attached profile (love it!):

Ines Mergel. Get yours at bighugelabs.com/flickr

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About Ines Mergel

I am Full Professor of Public Administration at the Department of Politics and Public Administration at University of Konstanz, Germany. Previously, I served as Assistant and then Associate Professor (with tenure) at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University, NY. In my research, I focus on informal social networks in the public sector and the adoption and diffusion of digital service innovations in government organizations. I teach classes on social media management, digital government, public management, and social network analysis.

2 thoughts on “Social Software – Extending Flickr

  1. I am very interested to read your work in relation to Flickr, as it is related to my Phd.

    Will the papers be available in English?

  2. The two papers are only available in German so far – we are working on conference papers and I will post them as soon as they are presentable.

    Regarding Flickr – it’s not included in our social software papers – it was just a coincidence that I posted it in the same text… my bad.

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