eWEEK Tweetchat Discusses Cloud-Based Collaboration Feb. 13

On Wednesday, Feb. 13 at 11 a.m. PST/2 p.m. EST, @eWEEKnews will host its second Tweetchat event. The topic will be "Collaboration in the Cloud: Empowering Employees." eWEEK is moving into new-media interactive events, and you are invited to participate.

On Wednesday, Feb. 13 at 11 a.m. PST/2 p.m. EST, @eWEEKnews will host its second Tweetchat event. The topic will be "Collaboration in the Cloud: Empowering Employees." It will be moderated by yours truly, who serves as eWEEK's editor of features and analysis.

Some quick facts:

Topic: "Collaboration in the Cloud: Empowering Employees"
Date/time: Feb. 13, 2013 @11a.m. PST/2 p.m. EST/7 p.m. GMT
Hosted by: @eWeekNews
Moderator: Chris Preimesberger: @editingwhiz
Tweetchat handle: Use #eWeekChat to follow/participate in the chat
Chatroom link: http://tweetchat.com/room/eweekchat

A growing number of employees now expect to use cloud-based collaboration tools in their daily work, whether it’s an internal social network, a public social network, a workflow application, or other type of service.

We’ll be Tweeting about how first-generation cloud tools such as Salesforce Chatter, Microsoft Yammer and SharePoint, Google Apps, Jive, IBM SmartCloud, Moxie, and others are being used in the workplace. We’ll also talk about new-generation -- yes, there already are “new-generation” -- cloud-service collaboration tools such as Nimble, Cubby, Huddle, SmartSheet, and several others and what new angles they bring to the table.

We also will be talking about which new functions might be used in future versions of these tools.

For a bit of background, here's how a Tweetchat works:

Who: All those interested in the topic who also have a Twitter ID.

What: A Tweetchat is an online conversation held at a prearranged time following a specific hashtag. In eWEEK's case, we will be using #eWeekChat for all or most of our Tweetchats. Chatroom link: http://tweetchat.com/room/eweekchat

When: Wednesday, Feb. 13 at 11 a.m. Pacific Standard Time/2 p.m. EST/7 p.m. GMT.

Where: The chat can be followed on Twitter using the hashtag #eWeekChat. A link to the recap (so you can see a record of what everybody Tweeted) will be posted on this blog the following Friday, Feb. 15.

Why: The whole idea is to facilitate additional industry dialogue and provide a forum for questions, idea sharing and problem solving. We also want your input on what you'd like to discuss during future chats, so please leave a comment on this post or tweet @eweeknews with topic ideas.

Participants will be able to ask questions of eWEEK staff members and special guests or simply add their thoughts to the conversation. The only restrictions are that we stay on topic and that you say what you need to say succinctly (140 characters).

You may not have participated in a Tweetchat previously. They generally move pretty fast, but you can learn a lot. We'll also post a record of all the comments so that you can refer to it afterward. Here's the compilation of our first Tweetchat from Jan. 16 on Storify.

Please note that to maintain a semblance of order, please prefix your question or comment with the number of the question we are currently discussing. As an example, the moderator may post: "Q1: Are you now using a cloud-based collaboration app, and is it helping you do your job in a more effective way?"

To which you might answer: "A1: Yes, I do, and it’s great. But I always have to avoid the strong temptation to show off the latest pix of my kids."

eWEEK’s first Tweetchat on “Using Business Analytics in the Cloud” on Jan. 16 was a resounding success, with and average of 5.6 Tweets per minute during the 60-minute time frame. If you do the math, that’s about 340 tweets in the single hour. The action is fast, but lots of good information invariably is contributed.

A Tweetchat is a venue that is easy to use on any type of device, too. By the way, did you know that eWEEK is the only mainstream IT trade publication that has specific apps for Android and iOS devices?

Hope to connect with you Feb. 13, and use your collaboration network to tell your friends.

Chris Preimesberger

Chris J. Preimesberger

Chris J. Preimesberger is Editor-in-Chief of eWEEK and responsible for all the publication's coverage. In his 13 years and more than 4,000 articles at eWEEK, he has distinguished himself in reporting...