Monthly Archives: April 2009

LinkedIn Groups

Over the years I have found LinkedIn to be a useful business orientated “social” networking site.  In the past year LinkedIn has had to up its game quite a lot as more networking and peer reputation sites have appeared, often with new and interesting innovations.

One of the improvements LinkedIn made was the groups, where motivated individuals could expend their time and energy building affinity and shared interest groups.  (Disclosure – I have built several groups on LinkedIn – but am not part of the activists I mention here).  When someone joined a group they exposed their email details to the group owner and LinkedIn provided functionality to upload and download contact details.

About a month ago LinkedIn withdrew the ability for group managers to see and contact group members via email.  This has caused a lot of consternation for some group managers, who feel their efforts at building and communicating with their groups has been hijacked.  More they feel that the way the change was imposed without notice was wrong and all attempts to protest and discuss with LinkedIn have been ignored.

Now, some group owners have started an online petition to have their rights to manage the group as they did initially reinstated.   Some of the comments on this site seem reasonable.

This week a number of the groups have effectively closed themselves down, asking members to re-join a new group (some on other platforms, some on LinkedIn) – it remains to see how sucessful a plea to migrate will be with the usually conservative majority.


Video over IP

I was pleased to renew my acquaintance with Dan Cordingley of Teradici last week.  Dan and I caught up over dinner during his visit to London to launch some specialist bank trading floor products with partner Amulet-Hotkey.

The Amulet product is a very neat trading desk solution that does the KVM for the entire desk (4 screens or more) including the complex stuff like Reuters or Bloomberg – but with the new product the actual PC’s in a remote location – and no limitation on the distance.  It’s all carried over IP.  This is where Teradici’s PCoIP  chip technology is leveraged (in the Amulet solution they have embedded their and Teradici’s chips into a Dell blade).  I sat in on demonstrations with a number of investment banks, all of whom were extremely enthusiastic.  Think secure, managed data centre environment rather than chaotic under desk.  Then think how much heat and power drain just moved off your trading floor.  Interesting.

But Teradici have not stopped there, they also demonstrated their chips embedded in a flat screen with build in ethernet – linked via IP to a VM Ware host.  Are you getting excited yet?  If not I should also mention this is the tip of the iceberg for what Dan plans for his product set over the coming years.

One to watch.