I have touted the benefits of using MicroBlogging tools like Twitter in the past as a good method of replacing listservs and as a way of creating a virtual water cooler to bounce ideas off of others. MicroBlogging – basically, a method of small electronic message communication – has many ways of streamlining communications in ways that e-mail cannot. I recently learned that one of Twitter’s former competitors, Jaiku, is not being killed by Google, but rather, it is being set free as open source software.
The details are not complete, but I’m going ahead and assuming that when they say open source, they mean that I will be able to load the MicroBlogging software on my own network and create a MicroBlogging service within my own network. Enjoying all of the benefits of small messaging services, with the security of having it behind the firewall. Jason, over at No Option for Law Firm has a great overview of what it means to have this type of service available in a secure environment. (Note: there is an existing option for MicroBlogging within your organization by using Yammer. However, Yammer is an external application and may make some IT directors hesitant to try it without having control over the backend of the program.)