With wikis, aggregators, and weblogs, organizations have many different sources of ways they can communicate. With the rise in new technology, memoes, emails, and meetings are slowly declining. Problems with emails arise as companies put up restrictions of mass email, kind of like the ones we get in our marymount mailbox. This puts up restrictions. With mass emails, most people don’t actually “receive” the message, deleting it before even opened. “I didn’t get the email.” It’s the easiest excuse in the world(carrie)."These mass emails, or spam, are considered “noise”, not allowing the receiver to receive the important message. Because of mass email, important emails may be over looked.
Right now I am doing an internship at View showroom down in the fashion district. Most of their communication is done through email. They place orders through email, magazines request to take out clothes through email, employees even request days off through emails. I asked my supervisor why why she requests days off through email when her boss is only a desk away from her. She replied, “because everything is so hectic, this gives, Cary the CEO, documentation that I have requested it off, and it gives me conformation when he gives it to me, I save it in my in box.” Makes sense to me, I never thought of it that way. Anytime I was to take a day off I just asked my boss verbally, but then again that was a smaller, privately owned company (also in a different industry).
Blogs allow people to share information. We all share our information about what we learned in class through blogs. We even share our information with people outside of class since it is available to the public. Funny thing happened to me last week, my sister’s ex-boyfriend from highschool emailed me the other day saying that he was bored at work surfing the net after he saw a segment on public broadcast about blogs, and he stumbled across my blog. So that’s where he got my email address and decided to write me. I thought this was neat, so I wrote him back asking him if he used blogs at work? To my surprise he said “NO.” He works at GE and I was shocked that a company so technology advanced doesn’t communicate through blogs. He said that he wasn’t sure why companies would use blogs because “If blogs can be viewed by just anyone with web access, then anything shared is nonproprietary information.” I agree, it allows outsiders to see what is going on in the organization. Although, I think blogs may change the way information is shared in organizations, because you can actually share information more quickly, and converse with numerous amounts of people.
Wikis are something like blogs, but what I got from the class lecture is that they are updated more requently and anyone can edit or post on them. Cyndi describes them as "Wikis are a free-form forum; anyone can add or delete anything to the web page with the click of a button." Courtney leigh kelly describes wikis as "simple web application based hyper-texted page operators that are co-authored."