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February 7, 2009

Micro-blogging and more specifically Twitter is without a doubt one of the most useful of social computing tools, albeit with one of the most ridiculous propositions: constant sub-140 word notes published to the world. The point of course is that it allows you to create a network of support. Today I asked a question about Edinburgh and aside from multiple local intelligence on road conditions I now have a coffee meeting set up before the match. I don't often use a google search these days, I use my human network to ask questions. Linked to Plazes and people know where you are (Euan popped into the IoD a couple of days ago when my tweet alerted him to my locality. Its rather like shouting a question in an open plan office, but in this case there are hundreds of people there. You also get some great people to follow, Stephen Fry's tweet is a constant delight.

Like most social computing tools its the add ons and linkages that really make it. I use Tweetdeck as it allows me to sort tweets into groups. And now we have twittersheep (my flock is laid out below). Wonderful tools, enless enjoyment linked with high social utility. I'm looking forward to the new seminar I have put together on KM and social computing, next week in Amsterdam and then in London and other locations (dates to be announced)

  

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