Small businesses and small not-for-profit organisations are set to get a boost with the launch of a social networking service from a company founded by one of the pioneers of modern social networking.
Jonathan Bishop Limited, which was founded in London 2009 by social networking pioneer Jonathan Bishop has launched a number of packages of social networking services to help small businesses build better relationships with their customers and other stakeholders.
The packages include, the ‘circle of friends’ social networking system that he pioneered on a number of niche online communities in the late 1990s and early 2000s. The technique was incorporated into Friendster in 2002, MySpace in 2003 and now forms part of Facebook.
Jonathan Bishop Limited’s social networking service offerings include a ‘Web 2.0 Lite’ package, a ‘Web 2.0 Pro’ package and a ‘Web 2.0 Complete’ package.
The Web 2.0 Lite package is designed specifically for small charities and businesses who want to build a following focussed around their organisation rather than exist on Facebook with its many distractions. The Web 2.0 Pro package is designed for a professional organisation or small to medium sized enterprises, looking for long term relationships with stakeholders. Finally the Web 2.0 Complete package designed for larger organisations with multiple stakeholders and is hosted on a dedicated server.
Director, Jonathan Bishop, said that his company’s social networking packages were not only good for customers, but also the environment. “Our social networking services come with eco-friendly hosting as standard,” he said. “Bigger organisations will be given the option to host their service with an environmentally friendly service, but it may be that their individual needs require something different.”
Jonathan Bishop has been involved in the IT industry for over 14 years. In 2007 he was awarded Chartered IT Professional status and in 2010 he became a Fellow of BCS – The Chartered Institute for IT. He founded Jonathan Bishop Limited following conducting research at Kingston University’s Business School, including into contingent working. Bishop says that this way of working makes his offerings more competitive. “Contingent working means that on every project we can hire the best person for the job based on customer need, without having to have on-going employment contracts,” he said. “This means we have been able to make a profit without it affecting the value for money we give customers, who get a tailored service.”
Elena Pacetti is a Researcher in Didactic and Special Education, University of Bologna, and recommends Bishop’s online community experience. “His work is of a high standard and contributes to qualify better my research on didactic innovation, especially in the area of e-learning and the use online collaborative resources,” she said. “I have found his work to be very accurate in my professional opinion, and his expertise and enthusiasm for his subject specialism is without doubt.”
“Jonathan is a very enthusiastic and dedicated professional who works restlessly to achieve his goals,” said Emmanuel Van Tomme of Belgacom, who is a business mentor to Bishop. “Although e-learning was our common domain of interest, Jonathan quickly developed a much broader experience is the online world, that he always seeked to apply with a social sensitivity.”
The social networking services offered by Jonathan Bishop Limited can be found on the firm’s website at http://www.jonathanbishop.biz