For several years we've been watching the proliferation of corporate social networks and their influence on how business is done today. Now there is a new breed of these networks, involving invitation only and "closed door" networks. Whereas anyone can join LinkedIn or Twitter there is now a new crop of applications by-invite-or-application only. How will these types of exclusive communities change and shape the future of open door networks? If we are trying to create a connected, corporate community -- should CSN remain an all inclusive platform?
One of these "invitation" platforms promotes their practice by stating it's a way for executives "to really express themselves without fear of press intervention and because of this they are using the site daily, sharing knowledge to help them through this difficult time." But is this type of limited engagement a double edged sword for executives and their employees? Should enterprise social networking always enable bi-directional information flow in an open atmosphere? Join us as we look at this new trend in corporate networks, and examine its implications on the future of work.