Denmark Online Groups: Weekly round-up, week 19

Need to find an online group for networking about Denmark, with Danes or in/about Danish? You’ll find it right here at http://thusgaard.com/tag/danmark/

The most recent update to the online groups featuring content about Denmark, Danes or Danish has been posted at http://bit.ly/dkgroups. For frequent readers of this weekly publishing, you may notice a change in format. Groups have been re-grouped to focus on readers’ areas of interest. You should now find it easier to find a group the fits your specific interests.
Now on to the report.

Notable developments include:

  • Danmark Unlimited (Xing-based): is still #1
  • DABGO – the Danish largest Danish expat network – outgrew Danmark Unlimited by 10 new members and is still #2.
  • It was a good week for Danish online groups. The looser of the week was DABGO North America, which lost only 3 members.
  • The fastest growing country for the Danes Abroad Business Group Online (DABGO) was Belgium for the 2nd week in a row, which gained 4 members.
  • Most growth was achieved by the “Danmark” group on LinkedIn with an impressive 28 new members.
  • Highest percentage growth was achieved by the “Danmark” sub-group “Expats in Denmark” which increased by 60%.

Head over to http://bit.ly/dkgroups for more details.

During week 18 we saw the following activity in the Danmark group and subgroups:

  • Discussion on bringing up multilingual children continued on “Expats in Denmark“;
  • A few people got removed from the network for spamming the group and the members – keeping it clean;
  • Busy week on the jobs page at the main Danmark group: 14 new, legitimate posts – good luck in finding your jobs here!

Your ideas, comments and criticism are welcome. You can find me on twitter here http://twitter.com/thusgaard, you can start a discussion in the Danmark group, or you can comment here on the page.

Have an excellent week!

Denmark Online Groups: Weekly round-up, week 18

The most recent update to the online groups featuring content about Denmark, Danes or Danish has been posted at http://bit.ly/dkgroups.

Notable developments include:

  • Danmark Unlimited (Xing-based): is still #1 and outgrew the closest competitor DABGO by 4 new members.
  • The looser of the week was the Facebook group “Denmark”, which lost another 7 members.
  • The fastest growing country for the Danes Abroad Business Group Online (DABGO) was Belgium, which gained 8 members.
  • Most growth was achieved by the “Danmark Unlimited” group on Xing with an impressive 22 new members.
  • Highest percentage growth was achieved by the “DABGO” sub-group “West DK” which increased by 250% – granted from an extremely low base.

Head over to http://bit.ly/dkgroups for more details.

As for the “Danmark” group which you’ll find at http://bit.ly/dklink:

  • 11 new jobs in the past week.
  • News: 3000 New Danes were welcomed to Denmark by the members of Parliament.
  • News: The Little Mermaid is now a hot hit in Shanghai.
  • News: Danish restaurant Noma became the best in the World.
  • Travel guide: Aarhus travel guide posted to the Aarhus subgroup.
  • A Bulgarian expat was kind enough to share a few tips for Denmark expats. Now also on the Aarhus and Expats in Denmark subgroups.
  • Finally a single spammer, Angie Botero, was banned from the group.

Have a great week.

Denmark Online Groups: Weekly round-up, week 17

The most recent update to the online groups featuring content about Denmark, Danes or Danish has been posted. See this post for highlights and link to the stats.

The most recent update to the online groups featuring content about Denmark, Danes or Danish has been posted at http://bit.ly/dkgroups.

Notable developments include:

  • Danmark Unlimited (Xing-based): is still #1 and outgrew the closest competitor DABGO by 30 new members.
  • The looser of the week was the Facebook group “Denmark”, which lost 9 members.
  • The fastest growing country for the Danes Abroad Business Group Online (DABGO) was Great Britain, which gained 7 members.
  • Most growth was achieved by the “Danmark Unlimited” group on Xing with an impressive 48 new members.
  • Highest percentage growth was achieved by the “Danmark” sub-group “Expats in Denmark” which increased by 16,13%.

Head over to http://bit.ly/dkgroups for more details.

Free Ovi Maps Navigation on Nokia E72 unlikely to show on E71

Why Nokia will not offer free Ovi Maps navigation for Nokia E71 and other Nokia phones.

A few days ago @_bjorn send over an alert about this blog post, which essentially underlines my thoughts on what Nokia is doing with Ovi Maps.

There’s been speculation among users of legacy phones like the Nokia whether the recent release of Free Navigation for Nokia E72, E55, E52, N97 and mini, X6, 6730, 6710, 5800, and 5230 would also be released for other phones – like the E71.

Now, I don’t KNOW any of this, but here’s why that won’t happen:

Nokia presumably likes when their new phones get good traction. As mentioned in the blog post I link to above, Nokia is getting traction by offering a service on new devices for free, which would otherwise cost quite a bit. In this case Nokia has chosen to offer free navigation to the Nokia devices mentioned above and (currently) not on any other devices.
That will move customers in direction of a move from their current device to a new device. Some would argue that Nokia is playing a risky game as disgruntled users might choose other smartphones like the iPhone, Android, BlackBerry or even Windows Mobile devices in the market currently.

So, from Nokia’s point of view: They already sold the phones that currently can’t do free navigation  – not with Ovi Maps, anyway. They made that money already. To now risk that users move from their Nokia E71 to another platform other than Nokia’s own is (almost) as bad as that users keep their current Nokia devices without making any change at all. No change at all equals no extra revenue for Nokia, so it’s better and more profitable for Nokia to risk alienating users through not offering free Ovi Maps for older devices than to put efforts in supporting users of phones that already got sold.

Or anyway, that’s one way to see it. What are your thoughts?

What Would Google Do? – review

As I recently purchased and downloaded my first audiobook from Audible.com, Jeff Jarvis“What Woould Google Do?”. At that point in time I promised to add a few comments on the book, and Jeff was kind enough to wish me a good time with his book and add a few insightful comments on writing versus reading books.

Well, Jeff, it was not bad – not bad at all!

The “What Would Google Do?” (“WWGD”) audiobook is a 9 hours unabridged version of the usual old-tech versions. As previously mentioned it comes with some of the benefits and drawbacks of  audiobooks. While it from a technology point of view is much better than another recent consumption – the audiobook version of Patrick Lencioni’s “Five Dysfunctions of a Team” (3,7 hours with no chapters) – it still has a long way to go to create the right kind of experience for audiobook consumers.

With two sound files of 7 chapters each, all of those chapters entitled Chapter 1, 2, 3 through to 7 there is little possibility to navigate the audiobook (making this blog post much more work). That is where audiobooks can most easily win the most ground. Not this time. Maybe in the future.

As for the content of WWGD, Jeff has put together an interesting account of how we got this far. How did the Internet change the game, how has that impacted the old-style, atom-bound, based on making stuff companies, and what does everyone need to do to survive and thrive in the new, transparent, distributed, free economy. And that’s all good and well.

But not great!

Jeff claims that WWGD is “one part prophecy, one part thought experiment, one part manifesto, and one part survival manual”. Jeff, that’s not entirely accurate, is it!? The thought experiment is limited to reflections and ideas that are not new. The prophecy is not new either – Jeff just chimes in with the other internet gurus.

And while his observations seem accurate and his suggestions seem interesting, I can’t really get rid af the feeling that Jeff could have done better – gone deeper – spend more time analyzing. And I start thinking about why he wrote this book and the way he wrote it. I read his own words on his own hypocrisy again and conclude that Jeff solely made this book to make money – and not so much because he has a message that needs to go out.

Jeff, you mention tbat the way forward is the free economy – if done right. So, why didn’t you try to get it right? Why not just give the book away – free of charge, and earn money on the side-effects? Is it because you somehow don’t believe in your own content – or is because you don’t believe in free?

I’ll not go into further detail than that it’s a pity you didn’t. I – for one – would have had a lot more respect for you and for “WWGD” if you’d eaten your own dog food. Not eating your own dog food always raises concerns with your potential customers, since what you’re essentially saying is: “It’s good enough for you, but not good enough for me”.

And that’s how I’ll think of “What Would Google Do?”. It’s a good account of what has already happened, but not good enough to become the next prophecy of what is around the corner for any of us. I recommend reading it if you would like a book about the past ten years of business and the internet.

For prohecies I will go somewhere else. At this point I’m looking very much forward to Chris Anderson’s book about the Free economy. Will tell you more about that as soon as I get my hands on it!