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The rise of Social Networking…

twitter_logoIt’s rare these days that you can go very far without hearing aboutthe likes of Facebook, Twitter, and a host of other new “social networking” sites.  The impact on IT is undeniable.  Given the current election turmoil in Iran, the ability for the population to get the word out on these networks is in part to the inherent design of the Internet.  Increasingly, more and more media outlets are turning to Twitter as a way to get peoples immediate feedback.  Global television here in Canada regularly asks users Twitter questions, and they broadcast the replies, live on the air.  It’s very interesting, and promises a hint of the more “hyperconnected” future some companies have been talking about.

Fundamentally, as IT architects, how do we integrate these technologies into our systems?  Is there a lesson to be learned from the design of Twitter, in how we can design more efficient networks and protocols for the delivery or say corporate data?  While the need to know what your boss is tweeting is probably not high on your list of things, Tweets can be a effective means to schedule ad-hoc meetings or give quick status updates for teams on the go. 

Is there a place for Twitter-like applications in the Enterprise?  Discuss…