Written on Wednesday, 14 August 2013 by Chris Vo
Back again to post this week's topic but first I want to thank those who shared my first post. May your day be showered with skittles (no not really..) ON with this week’s topic for today:
 STACK OVERFLOW (& Stack Exchange)
Founded in 2008, Stack Overflow (one of Stack Exchange’s network of Q&A websites) provides a question and answer open-site for professional and passionate programmers. Any user can ask or answer a question and the best answer is voted to the top similar to how top comments work on Youtube.
In relation to Stack’s website, its primary function is to collaborate with experts to the inexperienced in programming where questions about the various uses of programming are answered in a calm and collective environment. Also featured on the Stacks website is careers2.0, where job seekers can look for work involving programming nearby.
Stacks Overflow website is open for all, from the passionate to those who are new to programming. There are no visible boundaries as to who could ask or answer a question.
On the mothership of Stacks Exchange website (or Stacks) provides newsletter subscriptions based on what the user is interested in. There are subscriptions from Arts through to Technology. This is a simple way that users can keep up to date with the latest top questions answered.
And of course the entire concept of a Q&A community is a form of sharing information. Stacks also shares a community blog with their users to discuss from a range of day-to-day topics.
Stacks has yet to implement a global strategic objective which will incorporate launching new sites to the Australasia region. As of November 2012, there are 105 separate sites and over 64 million unique monthly visitors and is continuously growing.
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In regards to the innovative customer idea input site, this provides a strong peered/shared environment amongst the consumer community. If I were to present an idea on that website, I would be able to receive immediate feedback from other consumers of the effectiveness of my idea.
As one of the most sought coffeehouse chain in the market, Starbucks not only sells coffee and interacts with their customers but they also have a global strategic objective of being green, giving back to thepeople via community service and ethical sourcing. Starbucks conducts their own environmental projects in order to improve their reputation for potential investors.
Starbucks' concept of the “My Starbucks Idea” website assists staff on how to improve their products or introduce new ones.
Sadly this is the end of Wikinomics business process model applied to real world organisations. I hope you enjoyed this week’s blog.
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