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Get Your Twitter Client Fired Up for the Inaugural Competitive Intelligence Twitter Chat

I’ve written before about how much I enjoy using Twitter at conferences for the back-channel discussion. On April 21st at 5 PM EDT / 2 PM PDT we’ll all have our chance to immerse ourselves in the back-channel discussion without a conference. Along with Sean Campbell and Scott Swigart of Cascade Insights I’ll be hosting the first Competitive Intelligence Twitter chat.

A Twitter chat is a scheduled, semi-structured discussion around a given topic or subject using Twitter. Tweets related to each chat are united by the designated hash tag. For our chat that tag is #cichat. At the designated time run a Twitter search for that hashtag to follow along in the discussion. You can find out more about Twitter chats by reading this article. If you like the concept you can see a schedule of other Twitter chats here.

My Tweetdeck column devoted to #cichat

Our first discussion is going to be about how to move requests for CI support from information-oriented requests to decision support. This is a topic near to my heart because I believe this is a key to maintaining the value that CI can deliver for stakeholders. I’ve written about it here. I interviewed Merrill Brenner on his methods for decision-focused CI on the competitive Intelligence Podcast. After our first Twitter chat our tentative plan is to address another CI topic at that same time every week.

My hope is that #cichat will gain momentum and take on a life of it’s own. Seam, Scott and I will move from being like the expert speakers to being more like producers or facilitators. If there is a topic you would like to see addressed, especially a topic on which you would like to take the lead please feel free to let us know.

A Brief Moment of Internet Celebrity

I have to say that I was impressed with my own turn of a quick metaphor for pay walls for on-line newspapers.  Imagine how happy I was when Jeff Jarvis, the author of the fantastic book on innovation What Would Google Do? re-tweeted what I had to say.

Jeff’s original tweet:

Damned good question: Where does the paywall go? http://bit.ly/6pBL0R

And his re-tweet of my oh-so-witty response:

Well said RT @8of12: @jeffjarvis The paywall is not a load-bearing wall. It only supprts the burden of failure. You can put it anywhere.

Follow SCIP 2009 on Twitter

This week I’ll be at the Society of Competitive Intelligence Professionals (SCIP) 2009 Annual Conference in Chicago.  Myself and several others will be Twittering the conference, and anyone interested can follow along here.  The hashtag for the conference is #scip09.

Tweeting from Frost & Sullivan Competitive Intelligence MindXChange

Both Arik Johnson of Aurora WDC and I are micro-blogging the Frost & Sullivan Competitive Intelligence MindXChange on Twitter. If you go to http://search.twitter.com and run a search for “#frostci” you can follow our updates from New Orleans.

Update: Click on this link to follow on-going micro-blogging via Twitter from the Frost & Sullivan 2009 Competitive Intelligence MindXChange.

Twitter is the New Friendster

I have been very frustrated, nay, annoyed, about the intermittent performance of Twitter.  The web 2.0 flavor of the month (several months ago) actually has a lot of potential.  The technical infrastructure has been unable to scale to the demand placed upon it by the Twitter user community.  I have alternatively heard the technical shortcomings attributed to an inability to deploy servers quickly enough, database issues and front-end software choices.

Twiter reminds me very much of Facebook.  It’s a web site that, once you see the value potential of the site, you begin to see great potential.  Once the hockey stick of rapid adoption hits the site, though, the infrastructure is completely unable to keep pace.  Because web 2.0 platforms like social networks (Friendster) and micro-blogging sites (Twitter) rely on both the number of users and number of social transactions they can enable.  As the number of these transactions is capped, users begin to look elsewhere.  For Friendster adoption brought extremely slow performance and database errors.  For Twitter some convenient methods for sending and receiving messages (particularly IM) become unavailable on a regular basis and for extended periods of time.  The first-to-market innovators show others how to duplicate the promised user value and highlight some of the tecnical pitfalls to avoid.  Friendster users went to MySpace and Facebook.  If Twitter cannot get their act together where will the Twitter users go?  Jaiku?  FriendFeed?

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