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Your future is solyent green?
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Thanks for the opportunity to talk with you both. Great fun and enlightenment. http://smalljones.com for more on what I'm up to along with #noemai  
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Hi +Paul Jones ! Gosh, the true honour and great privilege to have you in our show was all ours! We had a blast and enjoyed it quite a bit and I know that soon enough we will be inviting you for Part Deux! Thanks ever so much for joining us and for sharing all of those wonderful insights and for making that one hour go by lightning fast with lots of good fun and plenty of tidbits to learn and muse about on #noemail , collaboration, different generations and working styles, platforms and a pretty good description of where we would ideally moving into in the near term with all of these social / digital tools. Again, a real treat! Thanks a lot for being our guest speaker today and for helping spread the message, too! :-D 
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+Thomas Vander Wal Yes, that's what I figured from your extended commentary that it would not be a team that would just dedicate itself to anything less than awesome, and happy you are confirming that view. And on the UX, yes, I know what you mean, but I was venturing more into a complete split up and fragmentation of the different services into independent ones. From the reading I did yesterday that's not going to happen. Just some bogus from link bait sites that had a slow day yesterday, apparently. 
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In which I look at Christine Magee's Tech Crunch article on investments from Angels and VCs aimed at Teamwork solutions -- apps and platforms and take a glance at Glip.
Margret Anne Hutaff points is to this Tech Crunch article “VCs Stop, Collaborate And Listen To Teamwork Tech” by Christine Magee. Christine crunches the numbers to show where the money goes. In this case, the money is flowing toward collaboration platforms and apps. Why?
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Another very interesting and thought provoking article, +Paul Jones, and in this case I think I'm going to play devil's advocate, if I may, please :) 

RE: this quote > 'Yes that’s why #nomail is the solution. The workstation is gone. Your work is where you are and more likely than not that’s not at your office, desk or Krishna-forbid a cubical.' < there is some pretty interesting user data (see http://is.gd/sc0MUl and http://is.gd/8rLLKX amongst several others) that confirms how still today (data from last quarter in 2014) more than 50% of emails received are opened through a mobile device, whether a smartphone or a tablet, so it looks like people may well not be ready, just yet, to kiss good-bye their Inboxes, regardless of where they may well be :-D hehe 

However, there is also a really good piece of news, that relates pretty much to your reflections in that blog post, and that is how plenty of Messaging Apps are starting to take by storm plenty of the traditional communication and knowledge sharing channels we used in the past, including eMail. An example, for the first time ever, in April last year, WhatsApp was used more frequently than email as the preferred means of communications for Spanish users as can be read over here > http://is.gd/0BuWO7 (in Spanish). 

So, I think we are slowly, but steadily getting there and surely enjoyed the concluding quote from the article, as I, too, think hits the nail right on the head of what's ahead for us #noemai  advocates: 

'Soon we’ll have something(s) that are: highly collaborative, mobile preferred, whitelisted, terse, quick, highly interactive, context appropriate, available to all devices, and with highly manageable and customizable communications streams'

Almost there! :-D 
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Killer update/tribute/interpretation on Letterman last night by Rhiannon Giddens
http://www.cbs.com/shows/late_show/video/CB75D637-49F2-9092-8D90-766FE2C77BCB/rhiannon-giddens-waterboy-david-letterman/
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Rhiannon Giddens has a voice for the ages! Unmatched power, control, nuance and musicality. She is my new favorite singer without equal.
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Email=Monster;
Txt & social media are OK.
sez +Matthew Inman  #noemail
via +Tarus BALOG 
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He talks about invasive, I find IM much more invasive than email. 

Also seems to be an awful lot of startup activity/VC money for something that is supposedly dead. 

To his point about brevity, he seems to be making an excuse for textspeak. I don't think being brief, and using actual words, to be mutually exclusive.
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Is Google giving up on G+ before I do?
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It feels like some internal politics going on. Rather than find new ways to market and communicate the strengths Google+, some group with their own idea on social push to be the replacement. The user is left confused and adrift (again).

Agreed that "it's no Facebook" is a high compliment. I go to Facebook only because my horribly behind-the-times relatives are there. I go to Google+ for actual communication with people and groups about whom I care.
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DO BETTER:
"Email Volume = Competence"
sez Bill Lumbergh. Office Space expert.

 via @chrisvargo&@HipChat
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I bet not, indeed! In fact, it would be counterproductive in terms of the kind of open collaboration and knowledge sharing they want to inspire for their customers with their ESN products :) 
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Are #noemail days the Casual Fridays on the 2010s? 
I ask in this blog post. Read at link or below:

There have been a flurry of articles recently calling for a #noemail day at work. Not easing into a reduced email daily practice or the switch from email to better forms of communication, but just "Hey relax. Change things up a little get to know each other better. Casual Friday. #noemail Wednesday. Beach Volley Ball after work."

Now on the face of it, this isn't such a bad idea. I mean a few folks will seriously reconnect and realize who they are working with and why. Some of them will not jump up and get a new job once they realize that. I mean they may remember why they joined the company in the first place -- in a good way.

And a few will have begun to develop some of the better communications options we've been discussing here on this blog for the past nearly four years. That's progress.

But for more it's just a novelty, a change up, a head poke up out of the rut - the cubical, the open office, the Skype conference that daily rules the lives of office workers.

Consider <a href="http://www.fastcompany.com/user/stephanie-vozza">Stephanie Vozza</a>'s <a href="http://www.fastcompany.com/3042541/why-your-company-should-consider-banning-email">"Why Your Company Should Consider Banning Email"</a> in a recent Fast Company Leadership post, an article that can't decide how much a company should give up when they give up email.

Vozza rehearses a selection of stories covered by Fast Company in years past to go from the evils of email (stress, poor communication, etc), to taking a day off, or half a day off, to stalwarts ATOS and Angellist who have made serious moves from email. Oddly--it seems at first--her final paragraph, dedicated to quotes from Babak Nivi of Anglelist, who just in the article in a paragraph above praises HipChat, in favor of face-to-face communications. Finally you get that the article is a fine humanistic piece about reconnection.

While there is nothing wrong with desiring a human connection, a conversation, or even a location-centered company, all of that is difficult to achieve and in many cases the needs of the workers, the needs of the company and the needs of the clients trump location, trump face-to-face and reestablish the routine that Vozza seeks to undermine in favor of an enriched work life.

There is no going back to face-to-face only, location-based work places.

What #noemail will have to do is to offer strong alternatives that are <strong>highly collaborative, mobile preferred, whitelisted, terse, quick, highly interactive, context appropriate, available to all devices, and with highly manageable and customizable communications streams</strong>

Let me without irony invite you to begin getting ready for <a href="http://www.slideshare.net/lordlancaster/no-email-day-by-paul-lancaster">#noemaildayhq May 5, 2015 (aka 5/5/15)</a>. I mean it can't hurt to try.
There have been a flurry of articles recently calling for a #noemail day at work. Not easing into a reduced email daily practice or the switch from email to better forms of communication, but just “Hey relax. Change things up a little get to know each other better. Casual Friday.
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Hi +Paul Jones, this is, indeed, a very interesting and rather thought provoking article you have put together referencing the original Fast Company piece as well as other interesting tidbits. And you bring in a very good point that initiatives like that one ( #noemail  days) may well be just putting more lipstick on the pig, but still a pig, nonetheless, because people will just simply postpone their messaging exchanges for a later time / day. 

However, and while in most cases it would end up like that, in my experience there is something in there, with all of these initiatives, that most other people are ignoring / neglecting: they know email is broken and they are trying to do something new / different. They are trying to find better ways, new ways of sharing openly their knowledge, of improving how they collaborate and help one another and so forth. But instead of doing it jumping off the cliff with no safety net, they provide one, just in case

That's not necessarily bad per se, because that safety net into the unknown, the uncertain, the we are not really sure how this is going to work is going to be needed at the initial stages. It's like having an open pilot when implementing an ESN wanting to ensure people have an option to back out if they find it rather intimidating, uncomfortable or cumbersome to keep up with. 

The reality is that a good number of those who try out these new initiatives, now matter how simple or complex they may well be, they realise throughout that experience / initiative that things can change and be different. That things can improve, that they can increase their levels of effectiveness and efficiency, and eventually get more work done in a more open, collaborative and social manner, not relying so much on email exchanges, but on social tools (mostly), never mind talking to people face to face or via the phone (rather useful options as well!). 

What I like about the article itself though is not necessarily just the initiative itself, but the underlying message of challenging the status quo of email at work, because we know there is a problem, and we need to fix it. And pronto!  Most other orgs. are still in full throttle trying to reach Inbox Zero when, all along, we all know it's just a myth. And a painful one, too, where most knowledge workers keep justifying their own work by the amount of emails they send AND receive! And last time I checked, hard working professionals never had in their contracts working 4 to 5 hours per day on their Inbox as part of their work, so why do we keep pushing up that alley when we all know it's a dead end? 

I keep seeing those initiatives, more and more by the day, as an opportunity to break the chain, to break themselves free from the email yoke, and some times you just need a single day with no email to realise how much it's enslaved us all.

Time to break those chains and re-gain our own sanity methinks!
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Some new #nomail  posts at http://ibiblio.org/pjones/blog/category/noemail/
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Remaking or Removing the Inbox
Email is a personal monster The Oatmeal reminds us
Email -> Facebook -> Messaging with #noemail
#noemail at the End of 2014
IBM Social Business presents “Email Confessions”
After publishing a series of brief (15 seconds staged) confessions of email misuse on their YouTube site, the IBM Social Business folks compiled some of the better in the amusing 2 minute video above. The miscommunications, confessed by Gen-Xers of the most part, could have all been corrected by ...
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