With people using Skype and Hangouts seamlessly as text and Periscope and FB Live blowing up, I think Dorsey’s hunch is a good one.
People have loved using Twitter to comment on live events, large and small since its inception. Latching on to live video leverages Twitter's roots while aiming it toward the thing that's taking off like a rocket. What else would he do?
And, happy anniversary to Twitter. People love it and hate it, but I've met great friends and conversed with famous people I would have otherwise never met being forced into 140 character expressions. Who would have ever dreamed of such a thing.
As a reader of stories, I'm really liking Medium. Recently our local business community made the national news, yet the best stories I read were written by people who actually knew and worked and lived with the subject of that news. And, those stories came to me via platforms like Quora, LinkedIn Pulse and Medium.
So, I'm trying my hand at sharing stories on Medium, too. I'll continue to experiment and learn as much as I can about various platforms and find out what rhythm, method and place fits my interests and aptitudes.
But, no matter where this experimentation takes me, I'm confident it'll include places where "in-the-moment journalists" hang out, i.e., daily short form writers and story tellers.
I've already found quite a few kindred spirits of that particular tribe on Medium, so I decided my first story on Medium would be a few hundred words I wrote about #remotework and the importance of empathy in better managing remote work situations.
Writing that post last year is what got me to thinking about nextwork.io and finally committing to blogging regularly about a subject in which I'm not only very interested, but which no doubt has very important economic and social components and consequences.
Here's a link to the Medium post which contains a link to its original home on Jessica Miller-Merrell's wonderful site, Blogging4Jobs.
If you've been around tech long enough, you understand the difference between principals and fads.
Creative thinkers and innovators will always aim their brilliance nozzles at the workflow and processes surrounding the actual work of creating.
Sprint is Google Ventures' new book and this Medium post by Kevin Rose contains an excerpt about how Slack uses the sprint process to make their decisions.
The sheer success of GV makes Sprint worth reading. And, no honest person who's used Slack for very long can say it's not different and better at staying connected with creative teams than email or stand alone SMS.
Slack follows a scripted process we call “The Sticky Decision.” Why sticky? We’ve spent years optimizing our sprint decisions to be as efficient as possible. We ended up with a five-step process — and coincidentally, every step involves something sticky:
25 years ago I would tape butcher block paper up on the walls of my office so my team and I could jot down notes and move things around and maintain a visual understanding of where we were in our projects.
It's obviously not the same thing, but it reminds me of why I'm a big fan of the visualness of sticky notes.
Also, I bet a remote team could use Stormboard or Google Slides to do this sort of thing.
Principal vs. Fad: The radio newspaper.
This Washington Post article does a great job of parsing out the insane amount of productivity and resources lost through job commutes.
"These 90-minute-one-way workers -- 3.6 million of them -- spend a huge chunk of their lives simply going to and from work. Consider this: If your commute is the typical 26 minutes each direction, that still works out to a total of nine full days a year spent traveling to work and back."
All of those millions of hours sitting in traffic would have a huge impact on the economy if they were stuck back into productive work.
"Consider the transformational effect this would have at the individual level, giving these folks two hours of their day back. And then multiply that two-hour time savings by the 250 work days in a typical year -- that's 500 extra hours a year. Multiply that by 3.6 million workers, and you come out to about 1.8 billion man-hours of potential productivity released back into the economy. That's the time-equivalent of 900,000 full-time jobs."