The Social Networker

by Chris Miller at 06:52:00 AM on Thursday, August 28th, 2008
Lotus Connections Dogear, your enterprise social bookmarking service Lotus offers, just took another hit.  This was something I expected, don't get me wrong.  When you have something that shows signs of taking off, the wolves come out with new products or product changes right after it.  So here is the scenario:

IBM releases Lotus Connections as the first enterprise ready social networking software.  No really, that was said.  I was there.  Dogear is a flagship portion, comparable to the hype of the Profiles portion.  Tagging takes on a name in Lotus Domino shops.  Then the pack starts to sniff the scent.

LinkJam took the first leap, writing a native Lotus Domino application to provide the same services.  At way below the cost of Connections.  Not to mention the ease of installation compared to the hair pulling Connections.  Ouch.

Then we read of how Magnolia is offering open source hooks for version 20 while they were at Gnomedex last week. Plenty of blogs show it, let me know if you need a link.

Today I read of how Reddit is now offering a fully brandable, customizable and your own domain version.  Reddit has offered and open source version since June, this is a hosted solution.  You can pick whether it is public, private or restricted.  With design features like CSS and cnames, in DNS who would know that is was not your own internal system?

Where does that leave Dogear inside of Lotus Connections?  As a high cost, implementation headache that is just as easily consumed from an outside service or open source movement. So where does your company fit in?  Open source? Domino based database? Lotus Connections?

  • 1) LinkJam by Elguji Software
    Created by Gayle Elgort at 08/28/2008 8:22:29 AM email | website

    Thank you for mentioned our LinkJam product. It literally takes 5 minutes to setup LinkJam on a Domino server. Pair LinkJam with IdeaJam and you have some really great secure Domino applications that companies seem to love. In fact when companies due purchase the two products together they can get LinkJam at super duper price.

  • 2) Dogear gets bitten by the pack of bookmarking dogs
    Created by Mitch Cohen at 08/28/2008 8:55:48 AM email | website

    If all you are looking for is social bookmarking then sure Connections might be a little much to install and configure, Linkjam is great for Domino shops looking for just that capability. As for the Open Source or hosted solutions, while I am sure they work, what about credentials and single sign, how easy is that accomplished in those environments to integrate with the rest of your companies applications.

    Part of the value of Dogear is the linked value with the rest of the Connections suite,.

  • 3) re: Dogear gets bitten by the pack of bookmarking dogs
    Created by Chris Miller at 08/28/2008 1:45:20 PM email | website

    Part of the value yes. What is the rest? Activities and Profiles right now. Getting data into profiles is hard enough, Activities just take off. But some of the open source ones do have the ability to hook in via LDAP like Connections

  • 4) Dogear gets bitten by the pack of bookmarking dogs
    Created by Puneet Gupta at 09/02/2008 12:55:46 PM email | website

    In addition to product features, ease of use and ease of deployment have to be placed right at the top of the list as you have indicated.

    In our experience of selling social software applications, customers have appreciated and gravitated toward the ease of use and installation value add.

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