|One of our Trello boards on development work|
|My Slack teams|
Much maligned but Twitter is another go-to collaborative tool for me. I know people spend a lot of time setting up lists etc, but my favourite thing about Twitter is that it's a quick and easy way to get stuff out there. If Slack is about teams and optimum work in exclusion, for me Twitter is the other end of the spectrum - inclusion to everyone. Once you embrace that Twitter can be a really fun environment. When I publish a blog like this, the first thing I'll do is pop a link to it up on Twitter to direct traffic here (okay, light traffic, but traffic all the same). If you need help, where better to ask for it than in public? The use of hashtags means that your needle in a haystack request now has a beacon attached and the more you interact the more you get out of it. When you think about avoiding silos this is where Twitter can really come in to its own and if you're like to learn things that you want to find out about (self-directed learner) then try searching and reading through this great little curation tool. Yes, yes, I know Twitter isn't a curation tool per se, but if a great article has been written, it's usually been discussed or shared on Twitter too...
Yes Facebook and LinkedIn deserve a mention because like the rest of the world I use them, I particularly like the closed groups on Facebook (sports teams are a lot easier to run these days) and LinkedIn I use but often in a way I feel is a bit fake (I'm not sure what my professional persona is, but that's where you'll probably find it). I think Zoom is a great tool for video (remember when Skype was our go-to tool?), Blab seemed a bit quirky but I didn't quite get on with it in the early days because it crashed a lot so I don't really do that much...
Every tool I've mentioned here also happen to be FREE. I only mention it here so you can see that free tools aren't my priority as such, but the fact that they can work together without charging the end user is like the Swiss flag; a big plus :)
So there we go... this list definitely needs building and working on - want to help to achieve that? Add a comment to this blog or email me: firstname.lastname@example.org or find me on Twitter @The_NthDegree
Oh, and if you hate the tools I like, cool, let me know what's better :)