My Ten Favorite Tweets – Week Ending 060509

From the home office in Cairo, Egypt…

#1: Could Google Wave be the holy grail for internal integration of enterprise apps, with two-way real-time updating?

#2: @calmo Yes, that’s a great way to frame it! Yes, Google Wave as an enterprise collaboration SOA protocol.

#3: The enterprise implications of Google Wave by @dhinchcliffe #e20

#4: ReadWriteWeb: Drinking From The Firehose With InnovationSpigit 2.0 #innovation

#5: The Atlantic magazine: Mitt Romney Should Run GM

#6: @jmcdermott2 A pared-down GM, that can cut the cord with its past legacy of dominance, would be an interesting opportunity for a CEO.

#7: BusinessWeek bloggers are being evaluated by how many comments they elicit:

#8: RT @futurescape The Essential DNA of a Chief Marketing Officer

#9: Just executed my first-ever “reply-DM” to an auto-DM from someone I just followed. As I said I would:

#10: Getting ready to head down to Maker Faire with my 5 y.o. boy. An HP CTO, @philmckinney is speaking there.


The “Turnabout is Fair Play” Strategy for Twitter Auto DMs

How often does this happen to you? You see you’ve been followed by someone. You check out their tweets, decide there’s enough there to warrant a return follow. Soon thereafter, Tweetdeck or email let you know you have a new DM. Oh joy!

It’s one of those damn auto-DMs. Often helpfully giving you links to some thing about which you care little.

Do people like getting these auto-DMs? Here’s a search on Twitter for ‘auto dms’:

Twitter search for 'auto dms'

And check out this FriendFeed discussion from last February. Tiring of these, a thought occurred to me. I can’t stop these auto-DMs. Why not respond in kind?

Send a “return-DM” to the auto-DMer.

I mean, the theory is that the auto-DM might include links you’re interested in. After all, you followed the person, right?

So I’m going to start sending a return-DM back to everyone that auto-DMs me. Note – I’m not going to auto-DM those that follow me. But I do want to make sure whoever takes the time to thoughtfully craft a personal auto-DM, gets the return favor.

My initial return-DM will be:

Hey, love your tweets! Here’s a post I think you’ll enjoy: Enterprise 2.0 and the Trough of Disillusionment Rock on!

I’ll mix up the blog posts I include. It won’t stop the auto-DMs, but it’ll feel good letting the other person know I’m thinking about them.