Thursday, September 29, 2011

E-mail Office Life before latershare - Comic-Strip

Before latershare, when e-mail was used for gathering the feedback of multiple people, work life was full of interruptions and side effects. This cartoon tells the story ;-):

Friday, September 23, 2011

"Slow Time" Communication

Jason Fried from 37signals (author of "Getting Real" and "Rework") discusses in a CBC interview meetings vs. communicating with passive communication tools - as aggregated in this blog entry:

  • "Communication doesn’t always have to be in real time. It can be in what we call “slow time.” You can post something and three hours later someone can get back to you and then four hours later someone else can get back to you. And everything will work out just fine.

    Slow time is “Maybe it takes two or three days to have this conversation. And we do it over periods of 15 minutes here, two minutes there, four minutes there.” And that’s fine. It doesn’t need to happen all at once. Unless it’s really, incredibly, truly urgent. (Which most things aren’t. They’re made out to be that way, but they really aren’t that important.)

    Meetings basically make things happen all at once. And that means you’re pulling a bunch of people off their work to have this “right now” conversation. It’s very disruptive for a bunch of people. So if they can communicate over a long period of time instead, it’s much better."
He is so right. latershare is a slow time communication type. We believe that there are alternatives to meeting communication that are better regarding time efficiency, cost savings, originality - and more to-the-point.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

A new means of communication

The New Media Consortium published this interesting paragraph in their article "The Internet Is the Place":

  • "It is more difficult to grasp the potential implications of forms that are not modeled on a comfortable, twentieth-century mode of communication. One such example is Twitter: Twitter users post short messages that usually have to do with whatever is happening to them at the time—whether it is intellectual, practical, social, or professional in nature—to create an ongoing log of activity across a community at the minute-by-minute level. Twitter is controversial precisely because it does not have an elder analog; it is a cousin of instant messaging, but its broadcast nature marks it as a different type of communication. Twitter has been described as fun, trivial, innovative, addictive, a waste of time, and potentially a powerful social networking tool; but its implications for teaching, learning and creative expression, if any, are not yet fully understood."

latershare also is a kind of new communication type. It is a cousin of secret ballots, but it is not actually "secret" - since who posted what is finally visible to the group - and it has quite more use cases than that. It can be used without being at the same place, with asynchronous input and synchronous output. latershare is in a way a virtual ombudsman, a different kind of mail server, a content escrow broker.

In particular, we do not know yet how latershare will be ultimately used. There are many possibilities, but we'll see which will have a resounding success. I'm curious.

The first latershare blog entry. What I'm saying? Welcome? Hello?

In the blog I'll publish news regarding the development of this platform, inspiration, information on use cases and public latershares and responses from the environment in irregular sequence (with about 2 posts/month).

The Bertelsmann CEO Hartmut Ostrowski said at this year's dmexco: "In the future it will be possible to come out big with a small idea. Small firms have more advantages over large companies here."
That's what I think. So we are working on that now.

I wish you an enjoyable read and always good results through the use of latershare.