Why Enterprise Social Networking Falls Short
Outside of work, we love social tools, which now account for 20% of all online activity, up from virtually zero five years ago, according to ComScore. Users mix and match dozens of different tools and options, from Facebook and Twitter to social file-sharing tools such as Dropbox and Google Docs.
So have our widely deployed enterprise social networks ridden this wave of popularity, redefining how we do business? Not quite. Our InformationWeek 2013 Social Networking in the Enterprise Survey, our third such survey since 2010, paints a similar picture as in prior years: 85% of respondents say their organizations have some form of enterprise social networking in place, yet their results are mediocre. Only 18% of the IT pro respondents to our survey say their internal programs are a "great success," and a mere 10% characterize their external social networking initiatives that way. Non-IT respondents tend to be even less enthusiastic about their internal social networks but somewhat more optimistic about their external efforts.