IBM Social Business Jam concludes. What was the benefit to you?

IBM hosted a Social Business Jam the past 72 hours.  You can still log in to view the contents, but posting has now been disabled. I logged in to see the
overall impact, content and to get a feel for the benefit to me.  Here are some quick stats I pulled:

  • Total number of posts = 2666
  • Total number of logins = 5893 (duplicates included)
  • 5 main theme areas (Building the Social Business of the Future, Using Social to Understand and Engage with Customers, Identifying Risks and Establishing Governance, Building Particpatory Organizations through Social Adoption, What Social Means for IT)
  • Main ideas per category were 150, 100, ~45, 100, 35 respectively
  • Stakeholders of the Jam represented a total of 33 posts.  Yes, 33
  • Luis Suarez of IBM, social evangelist, alone posted 149
  • I made one main topic and answered not nearly enough.  Jumping around was tough.

So what did I notice next?  This Social Business Jam forum will be closed shut down at the end of February.  You have two weeks to read, digest, make notes and (well you can’t share native) information posted.  Closed was the wrong word as it might mean no more updates.  They have stated it will be taken offline.

Thank you for participating in the Social Business Jam. You now have the opportunity to read all of the comments contributed by your fellow jammers (sorry, you can no longer reply to posts) through the end of February

Here is thoughts as I went through the postings:

  • I have no good way to sort and export the data.
  • There is tons of good content posted in a stream of thought
  • The tag cloud relies heavily on what was selected already.  I cannot make my own
  • When using the tag cloud I cant tell if it was a main topic or reply
  • I did read some excellent commentary and ideas
  • How will IBM use this data?

There is great ideas, responses and ideas found all over the jam itself.  Bringing everyone in makes perfect sense.  What becomes of the data is what interests me.  Will products be created from it?  Will authors be contacted to further their thoughts and tune them?  How do we benefit from giving this type of intellectual knowledge to IBM?

I love the ideas of these types of crowd knowledge efforts.  I just want the end data goals laid out for me in advance.  I hope they take many of the ideas in here to expand the jams they have even further.