An interesting discussion of how our internal evolution into using social software for business built a business opportunity for Lotus Connections...

It was the quote from Jeffrey Schick, IBM’s VP of Social Software, that got my attention. Schick told Neisser, “At IBM 15 years ago, we had a way to look up people to create a globally connected enterprise. Today we have approximately 500,000 people within IBM and we do about 6 million look ups a day on pages that look strikingly similar to other social network profile pages with features like blogging and photo posting.”

This is not the first time IBM was using a tool internally long before the rest of the world – e-mail, instant messaging, and intranet technologies were all used internally within IBM long before they were even given names. They arose out of the necessity to be connected. They were – and are – the basis for what we now call social media tools.

So, is IBM likely to compete with Facebook in the social media market?
Link: Forbes: Can IBM Compete With Facebook In Social Media? >

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