Every year, Microsoft MVPs gather for a summit where they talk about <NDA> and <NDA>. Just like any other conference, they want to talk about this stuff over social networking sites like Twitter, but they can’t because it’s NDA.
There’s an app for that.
Yammer is a free private version of Twitter. You sign up with your company’s email address, and you can only see tweets (yams?) from people with that same domain name. For example, us Questies use it to communicate about internal projects we’re working on. It’s not perfect – it doesn’t work with Twitter clients, for example, but at least there’s Windows desktop clients and even an iPhone client.
Wouldn’t it be cool if every MVP had an account on a specific domain (like, say, MVPs.org) and then we all used Yammer to communicate during the MVP summit (and beyond)? Here’s one way someone could make happen:
- Set up an email server with Active Directory accounts for each MVP
- Do some kind of screen-scraping to find out when MVP profiles disappear, and then revoke the associated user’s AD account
- Profit! Okay, not really, but you’d endear yourself to a lot of very high-profile IT people, and maybe get consulting gigs out of it, so possibly profit.
I’m throwin’ it out there because I’m an idea guy. (Translation: I have no Exchange or screen-scraping skills.)