I saw a Computer Weekly story about CIOs who tweet flash by on my news feed and clicked through to it, only to find that my online friend had recommended a story from ten months ago. Well, it’s still interesting, but with almost a year passing a lot must have changed – not least John Suffolk heading off to a warmer climate for the winter.
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The debate still rages on about whether or not senior management should be tweeting or using similar open communication tools. It’s like that favourite cliche of business schools – the paradigm shift. The old school of management considered that keeping knowledge close to your chest was vital for survival, owning information creates power.
Those of us already familiar with a more open flow of information will be happy to consign these ideas to the history of IT management – or any business management for that matter.
There is immense power in being able to tap into the knowledge of a trusted crowd. Transparency and dialogue are the new tools that will create a power base for those managing information systems – this is already happening today – so how come I still hear from so many senior managers who consider Twitter to be a waste of their time?
If anyone has a more recent list of senior IT managers who tweet then I would appreciate a pointer to it – I’d love to follow up this issue and find out what the leaders are really using Twitter for…