I think Twitter can be useful inside companies, for daily work: To have a low profile way of communication, for example within a team of developers who don't necessarily all work on the very same codebase but still share a common infrastructure or even libraries, they can just twitter from time to time what they are doing and everybody is up to date in a very informal, easy manner.
Twittering what one is currently doing could potentially avoid any overlap work as everybody is sort of informed about what is going on "in the cloud", without the negative of distraction from one to one communication, like telephone, email or talk.
If something interesting or something to ones own work related "twitters by", one can decide to hook in and engage in more direct communication.
So much for the motivation. I am now looking for a good solution to host in house for a dedicated private group of members.
The product should provide/have:
- size limited tweets
- have management interface to add/remove members
- allow multiple groups
- have a persistent history
- easy to operate (cheap)
- media attachments would be great
- have great clients :-)
- last but not least, it must be hosted in house
Any experience you have to share on this issue would be greatly appreciated.