The Dachis Group, a social business company for the enterprise, recently blogged about "channeling communication velocity." This intriguing post suggests that instead of using e-mail for all of your communication, you should consider the appropriateness of the medium to the velocity of each message. For example:
- Fast moving discussions should happen via instant messaging. Transcripts can be archived for later reference.
- Fleeting communication can be microblogged, where everyone can reference qestions and answers, along with the resulting links to other resources.
- Slow-moving discussions and analysis can form organically on a wiki.
I like the idea in principle, but I stand by my earlier position that I'm not a big fan of instant messaging, which I find randomizing and distracting. I'd still rather get an e-mail which I can answer on my own schedule than get pinged with a variety of IM windows that I feel pressured to answer right away at the cost of my own productivity.
What kind of communication strategy do you use? Are you entirely invested in e-mail or do you use some of these other options as well? Sound off in the comments. [via Lifehacker]