Google is reportedly coming out with a [URL="http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/google_creating_twitter_clone_for_gmail.php"]Twitter-like tool[/URL] this week. Google's tried social a few times, but it hasn't done very well. Why are people so excited about it this time? It's important to remember that everything Google touches doesn't turn to gold. Sometimes they screw up. Sometimes they overestimate their own abilities, and sometimes they are just late to the game. [B]Do We Need a Twitter Killer?[/B] Everywhere I look tonight, I see people calling this unknown quantity a "Twitter Killer." Bing is a "Google Killer" and Nexus One is an "iPhone Killer" and now Google has a …

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I was on one of my Linkedin Forums and I saw a question about people who are using SocialText or SocialCast, both of which offer enterprise collaboration software for large companies and corporation who want to centralize all of their social media efforts and encourage collaboration. Has anyone here used or seen a demo of either of these and what were your impressions? I ask because while these are enterprise products targeted at large companies I can easily see these two products offered in smaller versions to try to capture the larger companies in the SMB market. And if I …

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Not as though it's ever going to happen, but suppose I were at a party one night and [URL="http://www.businessweek.com/it100/2005/executive/GOOG.htm"]Eric Schmidt[/URL], CEO of Google happened to be there. I would love to corner him and get him a glass of wine or scotch or whatever it is that CEOs at large corporations drink, and suggest to him that he buy Twitter. I know, I know. I'm not the first one who has ever come up with this idea, but to me, it's not about the ridiculous growth of Twitter or the millions of eye balls on the Twitter site or the …

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Over the past year or so, [URL="http://twitter.com/"]Twitter[/URL] has become a full-blown communications phenomenon. For those of you who don't follow every social networking trend. Twitter is a micro-blogging site where you enter your thoughts, whatever they may be, in 140 or characters or less. Experts say if you aren't paying attention to Twitter, your business may be missing out on more than you think. Last July I became aware of the power of Twitter when I wrote a post called, [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry2814.html"]Trouble with Your Vendor, Try Twitter[/URL]. During an interview with [URL="http://www.brentleary.com/"]Brent Leary[/URL], a partner at [URL="http://www.crm-essentials.com/"]CRM Essentials[/URL], for an article …

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Twitter users are a loyal bunch and few would argue that it's a useful networking tool. The one thing Twitter is not, however, is private. While that's not a big deal for most people, it certainly is in the world of academics where it's ill-advised to have children using communication tools that anyone can view. It's a good thing someone thought of [URL="http://www.edmodo.com/"]Edmodo[/URL]. Like Twitter, Edmodo is a free microblogging site, but without the subsequent privacy issues. Students and teachers are able to share notes or links to one another, send short messages or alerts, and otherwise communicate with each …

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If you don't know anything about the microblogging phenomenon called [URL="http://twitter.com"]Twitter[/URL], it's about time you started. The idea behind microblogging is that you summarize your thoughts in 140 characters or less -- you're actually limited to the space available. Blogs with 250 word minimums need not apply. Twitter has taken off ever since its launch in 2006. And for good reason. Twitter is a social network unlike any other. Here's why you need to make Twitter one of your must-visited websites. [LIST=1] [*][B]Twitter lets you communicate and network with like-minded individuals[/B]: Ever since I joined, I found people passionate about …

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