Tonight, whilst camped out in front of the computer, while the rest of the family chose to watch Children-in-Need-Rocks, I discovered that there was an outbreak of humour on Twitter. Many of the folks I follow are IBMers and for some reason started using the hashtag #stuffibmerssay. For about two hours people all over the world were contributing funny anecdotes that we all experience on IBM conference calls or when working with IBM people.
By half past nine (GMT) last night there were over 1000 tweets and 130,000 people following the hashtag.
- “I’ve got a hard stop at the top of the hour” @markhiscock
- “I need to finish the RFA by EOD per the DOU with SWG and add it to my PBC, ASAP! @MarcJohlic
- “I’ll take the dog barking to mean we have consensus” @JamesSciales
- “Hold on, I’m replicating” @wesmorgan1
- “I dotted line to….” @TonkaBayJeffA
- “Let’s not outnumber the customer in the meeting”
- “Who’s going to solution this problem” @larry_kunz
- “Sixty foils ought to do it, it’s a short presentation” @elliotluber
- “OTP, can we ST?” @mauricioswg
- “who just joined the call?” @Janie0403
- “Larry…..Larry?…..I think we lost Larry” @PeterFay79
- “….Could someone please go on mute?” @rjwissin
- “Larry? Larry? He’s either multitasking or talking to mute.” @rwitte42
- “I’ve got this cadence to prep for that cadence for the rollup.” @arneault
- “sorry, I already have 2 calls at 6am tomorrow, and I can only make 2 at once, let’s reschedule” @ljbanks
- “Is there a slide deck we should be looking at?” @tjdallman
What is great about this, apart from the slightly tongue-in-cheek humour of it all is the fact that they are genuinely using the technology for a social purpose. Sitting watching the tweets come in (and contributing a few myself) showed me for the first time that there was a shared experience going on amongst thousands of people all over the world who might never have met each other, but who had a common bond.
Being able to harness this desire to be social in a business context is a truly amazing feat, especially given the fact that it was essentially spontaneous. Like the best parties, if you planned it then it wouldn’t be half as good.
A great “event” and great fun watching it unfold.