Twitter microposts for 2010-03-31

  • Venti latte and a croissant, breakfast at terminal 1 #
  • @simon180 grubber is wrong, HTC is shipping OS upgrades, so Hero will go straight from 1.5 to 2.1, so he’s not right, but it must get better #
  • Tripit pro is telling me my flight is delayed before the board has changed, awesome that I know that, not that it’s delayed. #
  • @simon180 @gruber the carriers have to edit the Rom to provide users new features, that’s the issue, so upgrading apps via store is good. #
  • We depart on 15 mins and still mo plane #
  • Are Lingus 203 delayed, but plane is now here at least, arrival due 9.10 #
  • Irish cab to office, counting how many times he says feck/l #
  • When in Ireland do as the Irish do…cheers! http://twitgoo.com/mj1av #

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Twitter microposts for 2010-03-30

  • The new Met Office Mobile site is very nice, sleek, quick and pretty, nice job! #
  • it’s gone dark and the rain has started, what’s the weather like in Dublin? still snowing? travel there tomorrow #
  • after reading Deamon, I just ordered Freedom by Daniel Suarez, the follow up, I wonder when it’ll get made into a film? #
  • @rossjones no, i doubt they will, I think we can start our open open gang everyone welcome #
  • and just ordered my iomega iConnect wireless hub too all from lovely amazon #
  • @EricSeale what’s the link to that video then? #

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Will the iPad be used by Corporations?

We’re just days away now from people getting their hands on Apple’s latest product the iPad, a tablet device or appliance about twice the size of the iPhone. There is speculation that it’ll sell 6M units in 2010 which is a pretty huge number for what essential is a locked down appliance.

So where will all those devices go? Most if not all will go to the same people that (religiously) buy Mac books and Mac book air’s. I guess that most people will buy them to consume media whilst traveling or just sitting on the couch for instance watching episodes of Lost bought from iTunes, but who else could buy them?

We’ve seen the iPhone creep into the Enterprise at the expense of Blackberry (which ironically is creeping into youth culture with it’s built in IM app). How many emails do you now seen in your outlook inbox with the words ‘sent from an iphone’ at the bottom, I see a growing number. There is a view that the iPhone is a consumer device more so than a business supplied corporate handset, but due to it’s ease of use and the size and scope of the  “there’s an app for that” store, we’re seeing it creep in as the power users phone of choice.

The ability of the iPhone to encroach into the enterprise shows that the iPad may well enter markets that it’s not initially aimed at too. Take the Text book market, text books are expensive (or they were when I last bought one!) and they are heavy to carry around. We’re already seeing text book publishers’ work with software companies to bring their content to the iPad. So could we see School, Universities, and educational establishments in general take up the iPad as the device of choice to provide the educational content?

I’m not sure if iPad will creep into the corporate environment as a lot of content creation goes on and at the moment the keyboard is king. However, I can see Apple selling a lot more than 6m iPads over the next few years into a whole host of new markets as it’s an easy to use/manage/upgrade wireless appliance with what looks like a great screen. What does this mean for the Telco’s; it means yet more networked devices requiring a pervasive network and ubiquitous computing creeps ever nearer.

Using Social tools for niche communities within the Enterprise.

I’ve been looking for a way to incorporate social media tools into day to day business for a long time. I’ve read about Twitter being used to update users of network incidents and outages, “we’re aware of this issue and we’re working on it”. I’ve been keen not to force social media tools upon the business for the sake of it, but to introduce them because there’s a need and therefore a willingness to use them.

Within Orange, we work hard to support the complex multi country deal teams and we collaborate quickly across teams and support the business. As a result the cross function teams arrange frequent team calls to share knowledge and use sharepoint to store frequently used documents, FAQ’s and guides. But those calls only happen once a month so forum to continue to share ideas and questions was requested.

We could have chosen a mailing list, of Sharepoint even, but a group within Yammer was suggested and we’ve started to run with it. The private group within Yammer allows questions, issues and idea’s to be shared (non-urgent obviously) and the niche community continues to communicate outside the monthly calls.

So social media is starting to filter into our day to day business not through pressure to use it but through the need to use it.

Also posted on the Orange Business Live Blog

Twitter microposts for 2010-03-28

  • Just checked Metcheck as I heard the rumours of snow, we’re forecast half an inch on Tuesday evening..I thought we were in summer time now #
  • Off to Chris Evans’ pub for Sunday Lunch today #
  • Now to read a dead tree version of Wired while I wait for everyone else to get up #
  • @simon180 I’m sure we won’t get any, had enough of that weather till next year #
  • Nom http://twitgoo.com/m2c5t #

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Twitter microposts for 2010-03-27

  • Off to Cardiff bay today, Techniquest and the water taxi to the Custom house for a late lunch #
  • According to todays geo location I need to put the phone down and start swimming #
  • Hearing the HTC desire is starting to hit stores, just need to figure out if I want the nexus one (quicker upgrades) or the desire? #
  • @phil0446 yeah optical is better you got yours yet? #
  • @sammachin you can turn sense off and just use vanilla android, but would a nexus Rom get updates quickly too? #
  • @Ratkat exactly, I have a hero still on 1.5 now, which is reason why #
  • @sammachin i’ll do a bit more research online before pulling the trigger, but let us know if it works #
  • @phil0446 yeah, that’s ages for us instant gratification people, but will be worth the wait I’m sure #

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