Yammer - a hosted enterprise Twitter, similar in the way Facebook hosts enterprise spaces by using the enterprise email address as a secure space.
I noticed it lacks private messages, other than that it does everything else, and is well designed:
- they have incorporated some desktop apps, you can also get access via SMS, IM, email
- they have incorporated search and tags
- you have a choice to see threaded replies (tags with your name, and replies to you display in your received stream)
- it lacks “favourites”, but you can email an item to yourself
- not sure if you can organise your friends by tag, which would be good so you can have a few streams to watch
By default this doubles up as a staff directory, social network, and also has a org chart for each person (showing who you report to).
For more on the usefulness of micro-blogging check out my post 140 characters to knowledge share…I must check out Socialcast next.
PureText - now this is handy, whenever I cut and paste text but I first want to strip the formating, I open Notepad, paste it in there, then cut it and paste it in my blog post, email, document, etc…
Now I don’t have to do that, instead of pressing CTRL-V to paste I click a hotkey of my choice like WINDOWS-V (set this to any hotkey in the options)
So now if I want to copy and paste and strip out the formatting I do CTRL-C, then WINDOWS-V
Gravatar - “…an avatar image that follows you from weblog to weblog appearing beside your name when you comment on gravatar enabled sites.”
mixin - similar to Twitter, but for scheduling, availability, planning…basically micro-agenda. Post what you are gonna do, suggest a plan, etc…they use colours to see at a glance what type of item it is:
Green - your availability
Blue - make a suggestion
Orange - share an event
Cream - where you are, or will be
Pink - share your wish
You can even put in your latest week into your email signature…see their blog for more.