New CMSWire article: A Brief History of Social Intranets


If you enjoyed my short history of intranets, you may also like to read my latest article on CMSWire, which looks specifically at the origins of social software in the enterprise:

Lots of commentators point a dismissive finger at social intranets and enterprise social networks (ESNs), labeling them simply as vendor-driven hype. On the other hand, there is also plenty of ignorance around about the origins of social software and how it came to be used inside business.

Using 2002 (the date of Clay Shirky's social software summit) as my line in the sand, I explore the origins of social software before that time and what happened in the enterprise after that date.