The disruption that is incubating between KM and the various processes and market segments that are generally considered to be KM-related, continues to grow.
A recent link from David Gurteen's blog led me to a really fascinating article at the Enterprise 2.0 Blog site. Social Media vs. Knowledge Management: A Generational War written by Venkatesh Rao is a very thought provoking thesis. It's long, but well worth the read. While the argument that the war between Social Media and KM is generational (Boomers vs Gen-Xers vs Millenials) bears some resemblance to actuality, it is a bit far-reaching, but an engaging description of what's happening in the industry. The arguments put forth about Social Media and Knowledge Management, and the technologies that support them, is an illuminating read.
As before....depending on viewpoint, Social Media will continue to be associated with KM, or an attempt is made to separate them.
But how is this helpful or constructive?
I haven't figured that out yet other to know that as we define things further, and discern the similarities and differences, we can better define the lines of KM.
Near the end of the day today, I received my Basex TechWatch newsletter, billed as "A Weekly Monitor and Digest of the Knowledge Economy." It is one of the key eZines that I read all the time, and has been the source of a lot of useful knowledge. But when I got to the end, where they list announcements that they track, the categories were as follows: Content Management, Desktop Productivity, Knowledge-enabled CRM, Collaboration, Social Software, Mobility, Voice Processing, Business Process Management, Cloud Computing, and Application Development Environments. Broad stokes....certainly impactful on the mangement of knowledge, but very diverse categories.