In the latest Voice of the DBA podcast (love the outtakes at the end, totally awesome), Steve Jones of SQLServerCentral talks about his use of Twitter. Like a lot of folks I know, he’s struggled to find the real-world benefit of it, and I really applaud his honesty. Twitter’s one of those things like MySpace – either you get it or you don’t. (Just for the record, I don’t get MySpace. I’m sure that statement will come back to haunt me later in life.)
He mentions a possible use case: private Twitter shared between employees of a company. Good news – it’s out, and it’s called Yammer.com. It’s exactly like Twitter (even the same APIs, if I remember right – I update it through Ping.fm) but it’s based off your email address, and your updates only go out to people at the same domain. Anyone can join with their company email address, which gets verified, and then you have a private in-company messaging stream. Basic accounts are free, and they have premium accounts with extra features.