Intranet Professionals on Twitter

Today is #followfriday on Twitter. This is where folks on twitter will list a few individuals they follow and the tag #followfriday. It's like a 'shout out' and a recommendation all in one. I have noticed a few Twitterers mention that they wished people would say why we should follow the recommended names along with the tweet. So I started a tweet with 'Intranet Gurus to follow...' and found that I could only fit a few names -- and there's so many great Intranet professionals on Twitter that I've connected with. So instead of limiting my list to 140 characters, I've decided to list them out here as a directory of sorts. These are individuals I've networked with on twitter or individuals who have an interest in and tweet about intranets. A lot of these individuals keep regularly updated blogs on intranet topics and enterprise 2.0. And whenever I throw an intranet-related question out on Twitter, guaranteed at least five of these people will respond.

If you're an Intranet Professional, expert on intranets, or just interested in intranet discussion - comment on this post and add your name and Twitter link.

Intranet Gurus, Professionals, & Addicts to Follow on Twitter
(in no particular order)

@IntranetMatters - Stephan Schillerwein; Intranet Professional trying to improve the way people use and act on information to make the world a better (informed) place

@netjmc - Jane McConnell; global intranet and portal strategy consultant - creator of annual Global Intranet Trends Survey

@tobyward - Toby Ward; The CEO of Prescient Digital Media and author of several blogs including http://www.intranetblog.com/

@intranetwatch - Intranet Watch; IntranetWatch is a Twitter group set up for people who want to exchange ideas, tips, links, ask questions about intranets

@nicprice - Nic Price; Serendipitist. Innovator. Designer of digital things. (Has worked on many award winning intranets over the years)

@helenday - Helen Day; All things intranetty at IBF

@markmorrell - Mark Morrell; A sad, suffering Seagulls supporter who escapes from the misery to try to be a half decent intranet manager! (run's BT's intranet)

@richarddennison - Richard Dennison; Corporate social media evangelist, blogger and dad (run's BT's intranet)

@elizabethmmarsh - Elizabeth Marsh; Twittering about intranets mostly, homemade cosmetics & herby things sometimes, and whatever else comes up...

@ibf - The Intranet Benchmarking Forum (blogs about intranets and best practices)

@paulhowarmiller - Paul Miller; Entrepreneur and Intranet Leader (head of IBF - hasn't tweeted since Oct. though)

@nancyatibforum - Nancy Goebel; (works as the US rep for IBF)

@intranetlife - Roberto Cobianchi; blogger, intranet & content management consultant, beer lover, photographer http://bbltwt.com/p2rnr

@s2d_jamesr - James Robertson; Intranet and content management guru. Prolific author, owner of Step Two Designs, spends too much time on planes

@Wedge - Wedge; Writer, Editor, Internal Communications Specialist and Voluntary Organisation Director. (frequently helps me with advice on intranets)

@edwarp09 - Phil Edwards; Intranet, americana, food, wine and lots of hot loving... (experience with intranets for 10+ years)

@bevinhernandez - Bevin Hernandez; Geek girl, Project Manager, working in higher ed (Project Mgr. for Penn State's intranet redesign, read about launch here.)

@jonthegeologist - Intranets, Digital Communications at Coca-Cola Enterprises.

@shel - Shel Holtz; Communications. Technology. Jam music. Family. Life is good. (Renowned communicator who knows A LOT about technology and internal communications)

@Crescenzo - Steve Crescenzo; Leader in corporate communications (Another renowned communicator who gets the intersection of internal communications and technology)

@jschultz - Jeremy Schultz; Intranet communicator at Intel, writing global news and driving social tools behind the firewall. Food and beer-loving cyclist fighting urge to race again.

@sammarshall - Sam Marshall; Intranet & collaboration specialist

@bklein34 - bklein34; AT&T communicator in Social Media & Intranets, overall emerging comm enthusiast. Oh and chocolate & shoe enthusiast. 2nd job: wife & mom of 3.

@theparallaxview - Russell Pearson; social media inside the firewall / analogue hi fi /internal communications / intranets / Theory

@thinkintranet, @abigaillb - Abigail; Intranut, Motherof2

@thoughtfarmer - Chris McGrath; Co-creator of ThoughtFarmer, an intranet for intranet-haters.

@adenin - Martin Amm; CEO of adenin TECHNOLOGIES, a company that delivers IntelliEnterprise, a complete intranet 2.0 portal suite for enterprises. (I love the demo on their Web site)

@StepTwoDesigns - Step Two Designs; information architecture / usability / intranets / content management

@christubb - Chris Tubb; i/c intranets Orange-France Telecom group. If only everyone else knew that.

@justinavery - Justin Avery; I run website projects and film in my spare time. (works on intranets and always has great advice for me when I have intranet questions)

@jowyang - Jeremiah; Currently employed as Senior Analyst, Social Computing, Forrester Research

@lindabeth - Linda Russell; Marketing/communications professional. Professional passions: internal communications, project management, change. (Intranet Prof. for small company)

@Alex_Manchester - Alex Manchester; Technology, communications, Digital DJ and everything normal life in between...

@wiwiking - Willem Gabilly; Communicator @IBM

@dzhu - Danielle Zhu; IT consultant, web application development, enterprise 2.0, intranet, social computing, education, e-learning, language learning

@gyehuda - Gil Yehuda; Enterprise Web 2.0 analyst, drinks tea, loves music

@rozzer - Chris Rothschild; Digital Commas Manager. Trying to shoehorn Enterprise 2.0 into the organisation..one wiki at a time!

@sharonwilson - Sharon Wilson; Knowledge Management, intranet, enterprise 2.0, expertise location, social networking, global management consulting firms

@RickSpratley - Rick Spratley; Communication Canuck living in Chicago. I love hanging out at the intersection of Communication and Technology. Social Media Addict.

@tocaya - Tocaya; Corporate Communication Master grad; interested in ínternal communication for digital natives, social media, intercultural communication, languages (half in english, half in German)

@ClaudiaMulder - Claudia Mulder; Graphic designer, information junkie, interested in social networks, Web & Enterprise 2.0, poetry, philosophy, SharePoint, intranet & knowledge manageme (sometimes tweets in Dutch)

And last, but definitely not least....................... ME!

@ChristySeason - Christy Season; Intranet Strategist for power company, Comp. Engr. w/ MBA, solutions/problem solver, Web 2.0 obsessed, employee engagement research, ballet dancer & bowler


Social Computing Guidelines - Company Comparison Table

As mentioned before in a previous post about Social Media Guidelines for employees, our company is developing our own set of guidelines for employees. We are in the midst of draft 2, and once complete we have plans to post the guidelines to our intranet to get employee feedback - and then hopefully we will post the guidelines on our external site to share with the world as IBM, Intel, Sun, etc. so generously have.

In the previous post I listed out multiple links to various examples of guidelines from large organizations. At first glance, it's a little overwhelming to read and benchmark each set of guidelines and gauge what may be right for our organization. My very intelligent manager took the time to put together a comparison table which highlights the major sections within most of the guidelines. She then took four of the larger companies (IBM, INTEL, Sun Microsystems, Cisco) and checked off which set of guidelines had which section of content. She also included at the end of the table a column to place our company's name in. The format allowed us to easily go down the list of sections, see which sections were included in each of the four companies' guidelines, and then check in our company's column whether or not we wanted to include the section ourselves.

I asked my manager if I could post it to my blog and share with the Web world since my last post on our guidelines has received a lot of hits. She was very humble about it and said I could but only with the mention that it is a very objective listing. I think it's a great, handy little tool for company's to use when developing out their guidelines.

Social Computing Guidelines – Company Comparison*
Created by Therese Griffin, Mgr. Corporate Communications & Philanthropy at SCANA Corp.

*I've uploaded the document to a service called Yudu because I wasn't sure how else to share it. My company apparently blocks most of the other free file sharing services. Comment and let me know if you don't have access to the link above...it should be a public link.