I was intrigued enough by this blog post from Darrell Etherington at Web Worker Daily to sign up with remindo.com and in so doing, created a corporate social network for swansea.ac.uk!
On the face of it, this new beta social network service seems to have a lot going for it. It is focussed around group work and group communication with an emphasis on file sharing, shared calendars, to-do lists, milestones and twitter-like status updates. Anyone who signs up with a swansea.ac.uk email address immediately becomes a member of a Swansea University social network and presumably can invite other colleagues, form links with existing members and create new groups around departments and/or projects and participate in SU social networking.
Maybe I was being paranoid as it seems (verified by logging out) that only members of the swansea.ac.uk network would actually have access to any personal information and data provided by members of the SU network. But it’s not 100% certain that it couldn’t leak out, and I guess that the merest possibility that such leaks could occur may be enough to make you, me and the management nervous.
In a sense, remindo.com is trying to do what Exchange and the intranet is supposed to do, albeit with a Web2.0-social-twittery-twist. I suspect that the corporate view would be that Exchange should be used for collaboration and sharing. The sad fact is though that it isn’t and the best alternative to have emerged on campus – Oremi – was sadly retired before it reached its full potential!
If I’ve intrigued rather than frightened you off and you’re willing to give it a go, visit remindo.com and see what you think!