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."
Vala Afshar is obviously plugged into where we're going in the world of work. Even though his #futureofwork list probably didn't take him long to tap out in his twitter post, it still caused me to think. Thought provoking posts are like nuggets of gold to me.
These are some things his post made me think about. First, I would probably rank 'telecommuters' above 'no resumes' because even though paper has transformed into PDFs which is morphing into XML streams and social feeds, my guess is candidates will still be asked for their resume long after #remotework is no longer a thing.
I would also rank "no annual performance review" as #1 in the list of things which must die asap. But, that's probably another list.
And, I would rank "mobile only" higher because we're already living in a world in which products and information that don't work on a mobile device simply don't work for more than half of the people they target. Not sure why some people still don't get this.
Finally, I would change the word telecommuters to #remoteworkers because workers in this category aren't commuting just like they're not virtual.
I like this list for a lot of reasons. Vala Afshar is a smart guy.
Happy Saturday to you all.
Sketchlabs is a creative design recruiting company in Dublin, Ireland. I follow its founder Mindaugas Petrutis on Instagram. And, here's a screenshot of his IG post this morning.
Two things come to mind that should matter to you.
1. Instagram is a thing. If you intend to successfully engage creative workers (i.e. normal commerce) and be where their conversations are happening, you best figure out Instagram.
2. And, to Mindaugas' point -- working remote isn't always butterflies and bunny rabbits. You can become isolated and reality can bend. And, not necessarily in a good direction.
It takes effort to retain reality when you work remote, and it requires visiting the mothership in a mindful way and on a consistent schedule.
The 2016 100 Top Companies to Watch for remote work and why you'll want to read about it here instead of Forbes.com
This morning I tried to read an article on Forbes.com about remote work and I don't want to share the link without a warning because I don't want it to lock up your browser like it did mine.
Forbes is a sterling business news brand, but their website is out of control. A quick google search told me I'm not alone with my experience and here's a screenshot to show you want I mean.
Anyway, this is the third year FlexJobs has published a list of the companies that have posted the most "work-from-home" jobs. Those jobs include "remote, telecommuting, and virtual" as categories.
(I've never understood the use of the phrase "virtual worker" in this context, you're either a worker or you're not.)
Based on 40,000 jobs in the FlexJob database, Remote work job listings increased 26% from 2013 to 2014 and 36% from 2014 to 2015. So, not only are remote work opportunities increasing, they're apparently increasing at a faster rate.
It's interesting and encouraging to see a couple of US Government jobs sprinkled in this list as well as a traditional university or two. I believe legacy institutions will have to embrace remote work at a faster rate to remain relevant.
Here's a link to the list and here's a link to the Forbes article if you want to test your ad blocker software.
Yesterday, my #remote friend, Carlos Ponce tagged me on a great blog post written by Matt Perez, COO of Nearsoft, a consulting firm headquartered in Mexico.
The title of Matt's post 12 Ways to Work Remote and Still Be Present is a slight play on words I really appreciate.
"Being Present" in the dharmic sense is an important thing. It's probably the most important thing. It transcends professional personas, religion, even humor.
To illustrate what I mean, check out Bill Murray's great ad hoc dharma talk about what it feels like to be you. It's a very clear definition of presence anyone can understand. The same presence I sense the folks leading Nearsoft understand.
It feels great when you're fully present - and no where else. Notice how everyone's expecting a joke during Murray's talk and the joke never comes. Only truth.
And, as Matt Perez points out in his great post, if you work remote from your colleagues, it's imperative to practice being present; not only for your own well being, but for the sake of the people who aren't physically present with you as you do your work.
Employee engagement doesn't just mean you and your tasks, it also means you and your co-workers. Engagement requires empathy and your co-workers want you to be fully present with them as they interact with you.
Presence is the most generous thing a person can offer another person. When it happens in the workplace everyone knows it, even if they can't quite describe the experience. With the rise in remote work, presence is the currency required for creative innovation.
Working remote requires extra effort and practice. But, it's worth it. The people at Nearsoft have figured this out and it's probably one of the many reasons why they've experienced such productive growth in such a short period of time.