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  • Jon Udell “Author, Information Architect, Software Developer, and New Media Innovator.”

    Posted on February 22nd, 2012 halliedominick No comments

    Jon Udell is a speaker that will be speaking at class on Thursday, April 12, 2012 and speaking at Virginia Tech to the entire student body that evening. It is our job to make this presentation a huge success. To be honest with a little information about Jon Udell the presentation could become a success on its own.

    In 1999, Jon Udell published a book entitled “Practical Internet Groupware.” This book helped to create and define what we now call “social software.” Social software includes “communication tools and interactive tools.” According to Wikipedia, “Communication tools typically handle the capturing, storing and presentation of communication, usually written but increasingly including audio and video as well. Interactive tools handle mediated interactions between a pair or group of users. They focus on establishing and maintaining a connection among users, facilitating the mechanics of conversation and talk.” This long definition is simply referring to instant messaging, text messaging, groupware, internet forums, wikis, social networks, and blogs. So if it wasn’t for Jon Udell I would not be communicating through the very medium I am at this moment. Just imagine the interesting things Jon Udell has to say about his contribution to social networking considering how prominent it has become in the lives of college students.

    It would also be interesting to hear about the numerous companies he has contributed to. Jon Udell has worked at a variety of companies including Lotus, Web Maven, InfoWorld, and Microsoft. At these companies Jon Udell has held numerous positions including software developer, executive editor, independent consultant, lead analyst, and blogger-in-chief. His most recent position is at Microsoft. He is working on a project entitled “elmcity project,” which is “a service running on Microsoft’s Azure platform that enables curators to aggregate and syndicate calendar information for their communities.” I am excited to hear about what Jon Udell has to share about his latests projects but also what he has to share about all of the projects he has worked on in the past.