Its so easy to feel unappreciated when you're working hard, and sometimes you need a bit more recognition than a hasty "well done" from your line manager. So how nice to hear,
"Tom - because his stories always make me laugh".
One moment in particular made me smile. He told the audience about an interview he did at one conference with a panel of "kids" aged between 12 and 24. He asked them whether or not they used email. The answer that came back?
"Not really, email's pretty old fashioned - its too slow."
"Well its appropriate for formal communication - maybe to write a thank you letter to a friend's parents or something like that..."
The audience groaned audibly.
It seems to me that much of the deluge of sites and tools being thrown up by web 2.0 will have slipped away by web 2.5, leaving only the very best in use. However one that looks like its here to stay is Twitter, the site for fast status updates and connections. Among other things its proving a particularly useful tool for consumer businesses who have a presence there, to connect with the world outside. Hopefully those same businesses will soon start to explore how it can help them to connect better with their own communities.
Anyway! All this was prompted by this beautiful, tongue in cheek little video I found yesterday. As a new Twitterer who still doesn't really get it, but knows everyone else does, it really made me smile. If you decide you want to find out what all the fuss is about, you'll find me at http://twitter.com/samwood, come tweet with me!