menu

Contextual Rolodex – A Future Of Work Trend

Contextual Rolodex – A Future Of Work Trend
Advertising

New applications are helping facilitate connections by providing contextual reminders and prompting worthwhile exchange between co-workers.

Wesley Robison
  • 27 january 2013

The Future Of Work

Digital relationships are growing to accommodate more connections and a wider scope of purpose. Dunbar says there are some neurological mechanisms in place to help us cope with the ever-growing amount of social connections life seems to require. Humans have the ability, for example, to facially recognize about 1,500 people. Now that would be an impressive number of Facebook friends.

Social contact lists are being paired with intelligent algorithms to help workers better understand the people inside their existing networks and identify individuals with whom they should be doing business. Address book applications gather existing information from users’ social networks to provide cues on how workers are connected to others. Business minded services are also leveraging geo-location data to create timely connections between contacts based on their proximity to one another.

Ross Smith of Microsoft says:

Tools that remind us about content shared during a previous conversation, or conversely, about upcoming events change the way that we are able to interact with others. Especially in contexts that are less personal or less frequent (a business meeting perhaps), this information allows us to pick up right where we left off…

Below we’ve higlighted two examples of the Contextual Rolodex trend:

Social Network Address Book Creates More Informed Interactions 

brewster app 1

Social Network Matches Nearby Business Prospects

intro 1

  • By revealing the personal context around conversations people are able to add a human connection into interactions that suffer from a loss of engagement.
  • Social discovery networks can help companies connect with their customers on a personal level by equipping them with relevant information before engagements begin.

If you’re looking for more trends, innovative ideas or themes changing the Future of Work, check out our full report for sale here or join us for our Social Media Week discussion with leading experts and industry innovators on Feb 20th. More information here

For more exclusive PSFK Labs’ ideas, watch the summary presentation and see everything that you’ve missed so far here.  Feel free to join the conversation and share your ideas about the future of work with the #FoW hashtag on Twitter.

PSFK Future of Work report

Advertising
Trending

Concept Artists And Scientists Form Partnership To Visualize The Future

Design
Automotive Today

Volvo’s Self-Driving Trucks Will Soon Be Put To Work In An Underground Mine

The fully-automated vehicles are part of a development project to help improve safety for workers

Work Today

Editorial Roundtable: How Will Companies Staff The Workplace Of The Future?

Managed By Q, Soma, Workbar, Primary, AltSchool and thinkPARALLAX examine the ways that a people-first workplace might disrupt the job hiring process

Trending

Get PSFK's Related Report: Future of Automotive

See All
Arts & Culture Today

Mischievous Drone Will Drop Paint-Filled Balloons On Targets Of Your Choosing

A German photography team developed the flying device to accurately deliver a payload wherever needed

Related Expert

Winka Dubbeldam

Architectural Design

Fashion Today

100 Backpacks Made For The World’s Top Influencers

Heineken and TUMI have collaborated on a unique custom NYC-inspired bag

Financial Services Today

This Peer-To-Peer Insurance Company Is Powered By Bots

Lemonade is a new product designed to lighten the paperwork and provide instant, helpful service when needed

Automotive Today

Uber Could Be Bringing Vertical Takeoff Transport To Your City

The ridesharing app is looking into the development of nimble aircraft for urban environments

PSFK LABS REPORT

Future Of Automotive
Scenarios Driving The Digital Transformation Of An Industry
NEW

PSFK Op-Ed Today

Energy Expert: How American Consumers Are Taking Control Of Their Power Use

Jennifer Tuohy, green tech expert at The Home Depot, discusses green home technologies and developments for renewable technologies in US homes

PSFK Labs Today

New Mentorship Ecosystems Benefit All Levels Of An Organization

PSFK’s Future of Work report explores how technology is being leveraged to support cross-team communication

Arts & Culture Yesterday

Small Urban Pavilions Create A Nature Refuge In East London

These relaxing micro shelters provide a haven amidst chaotic city environments

Travel Yesterday

Travel Laundry Pouch Washes Your Clothes Wherever You Are

The Scrubba Wash Bag helps anyone wash their clothes easily and quickly with just a little water and soap

Social Media Yesterday

Swipe Up To Register To Vote On Snapchat

The social platform has partnered with TurboVote to help young people easily enroll in less than one minute

Children Yesterday

Battle Card Game Promotes Childhood Vaccinations

An Australian doctor has developed a playful way to inform parents about immunization and entertain kids

PSFK LABS REPORT

Future Of Work
Cultivating The Next Generation Of Leaders
NEW

Experiential Marketing Yesterday

UNICEF’s ‘Time Machine’ Tells Stories With Data

An experiential installation at the UN General Assembly reminds us why every child matters

Design & Architecture Yesterday

Watch The World’s Tallest Building Become An LED Display

Burj Khalifa gives a backstage look at how the transformation came to be

Travel Yesterday

Boeing Wants To Make Your Flight Better With Cloud And Star Projections

The manufacturer is trying to patent a projection system that would allow them to project images onto a plane's interior surfaces

No search results found.