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« Is Twitter Like Stopping at the Water Cooler? Is this Productive? | Main | Is Twitter like Taking a Nap? But More Productive? »

September 03, 2009

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grl

Bill -- An interesting post and topic! I think there's likely an interesting history (and sociological studies) of how informal groups form and cross-link in businesses and other organizations.

The most interesting groups seem to be cross-functional and distributed - with some difficulty before the Web and email, with less difficulty now.

A few examples:

1) Watercooler - physically collocated, somewhat cross-functional (but often cube neighbors)

2) Smokers - physically collocated, cross-functional and cross-hierarchical

3) IT Tech support, Admin Assistants - folk who talk a lot with a wide variety of others in the enterprise, and have their own network or grapevine of contacts with their peers.

4) The NCO / Chiefs network - Anyone in the military knows that NCOs (Sergeants and Chief Petty Officers) use an informal network of local - and globe spanning - contacts who know what's up and how to make something happen. This probably dates to Roman times if not before.

With the advent of cheap and ubiquitous Web technology, it has become easier for networks to form, keep in contact, and scale beyond previous limits of space and number of participants.

Is there a Doctor of Sociology in the house with a few good references?

A few of my notes with links on

Connections & McAfee Bullseye model of strong, weak, potential ties
http://traction.tractionsoftware.com/traction/permalink/Blog640

Twitter: world's largest floating cocktail party, coffee break, and trade show happy hour
http://traction.tractionsoftware.com/traction/permalink/Blog1014


www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=589668754

LOL

bill  Ives

grl and jason Thanks for your long and short comment. I liked the NCO network reference.

e cigarette

Twitter may be awesome.

E Cig

I hate twitter, Can't wait for it to die out.

Your girl Mary :)

J hass Group

I liked the NCO network reference. I think there's likely an interesting history of how informal groups form and cross-link in businesses and other organizations.

Cross Country Home Services

The most interesting groups seem to be cross-functional and distributed - with some difficulty before the Web and email, with less difficulty now for example:The NCO / Chiefs network - Anyone in the military knows that NCOs (Sergeants and Chief Petty Officers) use an informal network of local - and globe spanning - contacts who know what's up and how to make something happen. This probably dates to Roman times if not before.

Danny DeMichele

Anyone in the military knows that NCOs use an informal network of local - and globe spanning - contacts who know what's up and how to make something happen. This probably dates to Roman times if not before.

Danny DeMichele

The most interesting groups seem to be cross-functional and distributed - with some difficulty before the Web and email, with less difficulty now.

J hass Group

With the advent of cheap and ubiquitous Web technology, it has become easier for networks to form, keep in contact, and scale beyond previous limits of space and number of participants.

bill  Ives

Thanks for the recent comments. See today's post on twittering less, kissing more.(7/20/10)

Up Interactive

you are often taking a break from focused long-term work and are open to short exchanges, especially if they are entertaining and helpful to your work. Putting yourself into a water cooler mode might help make your tweets more useful and appreciated.

Electronic Cigarette Review

I think you can extend the thought even further and say that all social networking is like taking a smoke, being part of the Chief's mess, etc.

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