10 Responses to “Twitter Business: Migrations, Trees, Eggonomics”

  1. MarkC Says:

    It’s worth checking out Yammer.com.
    This is a status reporting tool for business that fits the model that you describe more closely than Twitter.

  2. Trevor Roberts Says:

    I agree that Twitter can be a useful tool in project management – but not only as a tool for reporting status. It also has a role to play in helping to build a team – the softer side of project management.

  3. Elizabeth Says:

    “Every single Twitter to date has just been a bunch of fools playing with Twitter technology.”

    I completely disagree. Using Twitter for project status reporting is old news. Twitter integrates with Basecamp and project managers have been using it to do status updates for ages. It’s been so successful LiquidPlanner have added their own Twitter-type interface to their software.

  4. euonymous Says:

    I’ve been saying this since Twitter appeared and everyone was trying to figure out the business model. And I doubt I was the first. Engineers are not keen on writing long status reports, but everyone is willing to tweet about how things are going and that can keep a project team on the same page. (Actually Twitter is more than status reporting, it’s likes and dislikes reporting, kudos and rotten eggs, reaching out to encourage people and more. It clearly has an economic value to project status reporting.)

  5. Dave Garrett Says:

    Grant – as a blogger, you have to intuitively know that Twitter is more than just reporting status to a random set of listeners. Blogging, micro-blogging – it’s all information sharing within a given set of constraints. So beyond shouting into the dark, Tweeters share what they think is valuable and get a few of their questions answered. In the process they make contacts they would not have otherwise had. Knowledge, contacts, teaching others: all of those things make you a better PM and have a positive impact on your current project. Does it replace ALL of your other tools? Of course it doesn’t, but is that really worth writing about?

    Now focusing people’s attention on status reporting using Twitter is a great thing – playing to it’s strengths. Given all of the other things it lends to that type of interaction, what would you think might be solid best practices? How might you bring out and enhance some of the other benefits Twitter offers while getting the most out of its strengths in status reporting?

    Hey – if you’re online and want to Tweet, I’m @DaveG253

    Thanks,
    Dave

    • grant czerepak Says:

      @Dave, as a blogger I believe a blog is a status tool as well. I am reporting my current state of mind. I agree there are many many states that can be expressed by Twitter. But ultimately current status is all you can tweet. I think it is more of a question of semantics than disagreement.

  6. Dave Garrett Says:

    One cool thing about Twitter is that it gives you the benefit of different perspectives. For instance, I just posted a link to your blog posting…

    Agree with this PM? “Twitter is one thing and one thing only: A status reporting service.” #pmot #pmp http://bit.ly/wu9Ww
    _______________________________________________
    In under 10 minutes, I got a reaction from three project managers…

    projectshrink@DaveG253 Absolutely not. You can use way better tools for that. Twitter is social!4 minutes ago from TweetDeck in reply to DaveG253

    bebfoo@DaveG253 “is” is the most dangerous word in the English language. Twitter can be whatever we use it as.8 minutes ago from Tweetie in reply to DaveG253

    softqual@DaveG253 Disagree. Twitter presents bits of info (& people) that might not come my way otherwise (or who I encounter too infrequently).9 minutes ago from TweetDeck in reply to DaveG253

  7. Dina Garfinkel Says:

    I agree with David that we can leverage the status reporting power of Twitter (and as Elizabeth mentioned, LiquidPlanner has already integrated it into their project management tool) but there is also a huge wealth of information sharing and community available on Twitter.

    I keep the purely social stuff on Facebook, I have no reason to post a picture of my 2 year old on Twitter. But, I truly value the professional network of project managers I have found on Twitter – #PMOT.

  8. Monique Sno Says:

    I really digg the ganatt chart by the way. Using twitter for project mgt updates would be like a more public form of yammer. I think the market will bear a paid twitter version to avoid unwanted spamming and encourage a more engaging approach to marketing via microblogging. Great post!


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