Twitter as a Team Building Tool

As I work from home, I interact with people at work on a face to face basis much less frequently than I used to. When I do see them it's usually at a structured event such as a meeting or dinner. I don't ever casually stroll the halls looking for a chat, and don't drop into people's offices. Even if I did, few would be there!

When I had an office at work I had pictures of my son and wife on the wall, model cars on my desk, and various and sundry mementos sprinkled around. These were very  useful as conversation starters . When a person I hadn't met dropped in on me, they invariably scanned my office and commented on something.

I'm wondering if Twitter can be a tool to help people build relationships and find common ground beyond their work roles. Yesterday I tweeted that "I was going to the car show in Pleasanton, CA". A colleague that I communicate with fairly frequently, but have never met, was going to the same show!

In a prior post I mentioned that I am not interested in the personal activities of others, but in second thought, I am. It feels a bit to me like a successful team building exercise. I'm getting to know my twitter friends better, and my followers are getting to know me.


Comments:

Right now I'm writing a comment on your blog posting. :-) Twitter!

Posted by Kevin on June 03, 2007 at 08:38 AM PDT #

That's exactly what we found when we first started using it. We stumbled upon people's interests in sports, movies, their running progress, new technologies they were exploring, etc... Yahoo Pipes went around the group like a wild fire. I first heard of the Virginia Tech shootings through Twitter. Food for thought...

Posted by Allan on June 04, 2007 at 10:29 PM PDT #

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