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Posted Wednesday, November 12, 2008 9:47 PM


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Posted Thursday, November 13, 2008 1:26 AM
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Doesn't the WWF have something to do with this type of thing?

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/netframework/aa663328.aspx

(That's the Windows Workflow Foundation, not the World Wildlife Fund, or the wrestling.) :)
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Posted Thursday, November 13, 2008 3:02 AM
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I have to say that entrusting functionality to a third party scares me, its an extra tier of complexity or point of failure. Alerts I can semi understand, but it still makes me itch from a security point of view - and I'm a programmer not a DBA. A lot of this so called Web 2.0 functionality tends to be in the same vein - its a rehash of an existing idea. Twitter I can understand for conferences and social gatherings, but facebook functionality and its ilk eludes me - I barely get enough time to speak to my true friends now!

Anyway I've facebooked your server....n'ah.

Check out Tony Davis article on Simple Talk (http://www.simple-talk.com/community/blogs/tony_davis/archive/2008/11/11/70414.aspx) re Forums.
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Posted Thursday, November 13, 2008 4:08 AM


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I too wonder about the long-term value of Twitter. I follow more than a handful of "tweeters" and have found that there is a lot of static that has to be sorted through for a worthwhile gem. Security is definitely an issue with this medium. A Social Engineering effort applied to these "tweets" can surprisingly reveal quite a bit of information.

Ideas such as the one that you presented regarding Powershell sounds interesting and demonstrate that there are some uses beyond telling the world about the latest event in one's life. Hopefully as this product evolves and matures it will become more valuable.
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Posted Thursday, November 13, 2008 4:40 AM
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I'd be very careful using SMS, as i understand it, there is no guarantee when the message will be delivered. I've had massive delays on my UK service.
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Posted Thursday, November 13, 2008 6:08 AM
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I'm a twit, & I, too, am still trying to find out why. Not that I need yet another distraction in my life, yet I have to admit, it doesn't take long. I even blogged about it:
Is Twitter the YouTube of 2008?
http://blogs.msdn.com/jimmymay/archive/2008/10/19/is-twitter-the-youtube-of-2008.aspx
The truth is, it's a hoot, I'm meeting new friends, & it's fun to to read the tweets.

Will it ever come to anything? We'll see...

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Posted Thursday, November 13, 2008 6:30 AM
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Hey Steve,

In your article, you said

I've been using Twitter for about 4 or 5 months now and it's one of those things that I'm not sure of the benefit of using it.


While I admit, I have not been using it as religiously as I used to, here is one area where I really found Twitter's usefulness.

Twitter enables me to stay better connected with my friends (the ones that use it, anyway).

When I was first introduced, I thought, "this is just stupid". But, after a while, I found that for those friends of mine that were good about keeping it updated and actually answering the question, "what am I doing.", I found that I was actually building stronger relationships with these friends. Why? even though a simple "Going to the park" message doesn't seem like much, if you look at a friend's whole week, or month, you can instantly see all the events that have happened of enough significance for them to actually microblog about it. This gives you a small window into their lives and that can actually help you to get to know them a bit better.

As a busy developer, who was never particularly very good about reaching out and talking to my friends, and who, for some reason, get's phone shy every now and then. I have found that this is a better way to keep in touch than my previous model. I find it easier to say a little blurb about what's going on in my own life, so some people get to know me better, too.

The result is that the next time I get together with these friends, most of the small talk has already been gotten out of the way and rather than asking them what they've been up to, I can ask them more specific questions like, "how was that boating trip you took the other week?", or "How are you coming along with the job search?".

Again, the point is I just end up feeling more connected.

Of course, some people use it as a marketing tool as well, and I've gotten some useful information from time to time from some of those types of folks, too.

For the most part, I try to get more quality connections than those. I don't just follow everyone who follows me. I will typically only follow someone who is following me if I see some substance in their posts, and if they don't have way more people they are following than who are following them.
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Posted Thursday, November 13, 2008 6:34 AM
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The only place I've seen value in Twitter is when you do need to easily message to a group - conference, trips to Disney World, etc, where you can say 'I'm going to ...'. Other than that, I don't care what you had for breakfast! The bigger issue I have with Twitter is it can easily add another set of task switches to your day. Most of us suffer from task switching already, adding more doesn't strike me as a good idea.

Rather than Twitter, wouldn't just publishing feeds internally work for all except the most high priority messages? I've long encourage teams to use a blog internally to post about scheduled down time, changes applied, etc, as a way to inform and maintain a history. The only thing I see wrong with adding Twitter (or only using as you suggest) is that we're back to task switching. Unless I need to act on a high percentage of the messages I'm going to spend a lot of time looking at my phone for no reason.


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Posted Thursday, November 13, 2008 6:38 AM
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I neglected to add:

aspiringgeek@twitter.com



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Posted Thursday, November 13, 2008 6:41 AM


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You might consider Yammer for what you're suggesting. Since, twitter is public I certainly wouldn't like to broadcast my organizations issues across the web. But Yammer would do the same thing but would be private to your organization.

Just my 2 cents.

Thanks.

Dean
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