Archive for the ‘microblogging’ Category

Yammer is a tool for helping companies and organizations to be more productive through the exchange of short frequent messages.  It functions similar to an instant messaging client, however messages are visible to an entire group of participants, rather than sent as bilateral exchanges between two participants only.  Access to a Yammer group is limited to participants with the same email extension (ex: @orgname.com).

yammer-logoThe tool is an invaluable way to collaborate as a team, share quick updates, relevant links and information nuggets, without relying on email.  Yammer can be used to quickly collect a list of useful reference materials; share notices of events; share relevant website links; share short industry-relevant news updates; and many other short pieces of information, opinion and knowledge that are relevant.

The desktop client allows a participant to post and read messages sent to Yammer, and more importantly to be notified of new messages through a taskbar icon.  The desktop client extends the use of Yammer to include more timely information sharing, more dynamic online conversations, and improved interaction, knowledge sharing and collaboration.

I’ve been using Yammer at work since Sept 08, and find it to be a great way to share things with the entire team, and have short quick conversations that would be of interest to the entire team.  Rather than sending email messages cc’d to everyone, yammer is a great way to ensure that everyone can view the message, and can also search through the archive of messages at a later time.  The desktop client certainly extends the value of Yammer, simply because of the notification icon in the toolbar, although the web version does auto-refresh and include a number in the tab-name when new messages appear, which is handy.

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I just discovered the ScribbleLive tool, a great way to simplify the live blogging experience. I think it’s a pretty new tool (couldn’t see how to get an RSS feed, although their FAQ lists RSS as one of the features), so I thought I’d try out embedding ScribbleLive into this blog post, and try to intertwine my twitter posts (pulled into ScribbleLive), and updates posted directly into the ScribbleLive tool into this blog.

  • 1:38 PM citymark – excellent, managed to get an RSS feed from scribblelive as well http://tinyurl.com/99vu9g
  • 1:38 PM citymark – experimenting with twitter & Scribblelive embedded into my blog http://markfaul.ca/ seems to be working
  • 1:33 PM citymark – Listening to the new ottawa.virginradio.com station (formerly the bear) … not much different really.
  • 1:23 PM citymark – In my “other life” I help my wife with SimplyRaw < >… helping people to learn more about healthy lifestyle choices.
  • 1:21 PM citymark – they include a raw vegan nut pate in the salad. Tasty & healthy 🙂
  • 1:20 PM citymark – Gonna dig into a delicious raw vegan salad from the Depanneur Sylvestre for lunch today.
  • 1:05 PM citymark – now playing with http://www.scribblelive.com/Event/Lunch to try out some of the features … how wide can the topics be cross-posted? RSS?
  • 1:00 PM citymark – Just discovered Scribble Live, so I thought I’d try it out over some tasty vegan lunch.

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An interesting mashup of different blogging platforms. Nice to see how easy it is to mash things together. The fewer places I have to go to send out “global” updates across different platforms the better.

Next big thing I’d like to see is RSS feeds of Facebook updates! Anyone know if you can do that already, or if you can pull in updates from other tools into FB?

twitterthumbnailTwitter has been around now for over 2 years, and for a long time I couldn’t really see the point of twitter – it seemed like quite the time waster to me!  Especially if you view the CommonCraft video about twitter uses – all the day-to-day things people don’t otherwise tell you about, like “I’m cutting the lawn” or “I just drank a delicious cup of coffee”.  Frankly I don’t care, nor do I want to, or have the time to follow trivial updates from all my friends or contacts about daily habits.

Backing up a bit… for those not in the know, twitter is a micro-blogging service that allows people to send 140 character max text-only messages to a blog-like site (each participant has their own twitter feed page).  The novelty is that you can send messages from multiple channels, including the web (either through twitter’s own interface or through other platforms such as facebook), mobile phones, instant messaging, and even using a regular phone with Twitterfone.

As a business tool there are some potential uses.  If you can tap into the right sources, you could get up to the minute news about different stories developing around the city.  Reporters out in the field a lot could use twitter to stay connected as a team.

I think the team/group connectivity is one of the most powerful features and potential business collaboration features of twitter.  Whereas Instant Messaging enables people to exchange live chat between two people (you can also setup IM chat rooms), twitter is a kind of group instant messaging tool.  You could carry on a conversation as a team in near real time, with the added bonus of an archive of the discussions.  It’s also easy to tap into a wealth of knowledge around the world – if you can find it.

I was introduced to the value of Twitter at the ALI Social Media for Government conference about 2 months ago.  There was a discussion going on during each presentation on twitter – both with live audience members, and other remote participants asking questions and giving feedback.  While distracting at times, I thought that many of the comments and discussion was very useful.  Since then I’ve selected a few twitter feeds (not too many) to follow on a daily basis – usually checking in a couple of times a day.  If I follow somone and they constanly spew out useless information I remove them.

There has certainly been some great nuggets of information I’ve come across through twitter.  A couple of my favourites to follow include Jeremiah Owyang and Colin McKay.

I’d really like to hear what ideas you have for using twitter, or micro-blogging for professional use; and any good feeds to follow for social media.