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I’ve been rather quiet so far but I’ve not been without things to do. Recently, OK, yesterday one of those things was blogged about on ZDNet by Dennis Howlett also a blogger here on SDN and BPX and a fellow Irregular of mine. What he blogged about is a small application currently in a small pilot phase internally, I created the application out of the basic need for a Twitter like service but inside of hte firewall with a few additional features.

The screenshot there is the current UI as of last night about 10 mins before Dennis posted, but not in enough time for QA for me to send him an updated screen shot.

What followed within a few mins (while I was finishing QA) on Twitter itself was several pinging me and sending comments.

 

Star your favorite Twitter updates and they’ll be saved for you here!

Thomas Ritter thomasritter @ccmehil Reading Dennis post… about 3 hours< ago from web in reply to ccmehil Icon_star_full Icon_red_lock
Nigel James njames @ccmehil @dan_mcweeney BWAHAHAHAHA Dirty PHP stuff indeed! Rock on Craig. about 12 hours ago from web in reply to ccmehil Icon_star_full
Moya Watson moyalynne @ccmehil – shout evangelism, please. consider NWI – it’s not just about netweaver … it’s a whole space for innovators. good visibility. about 12 hours ago from twhirl in reply to ccmehil Icon_star_full
yojibee yojibee @ccmehil Oh, I can’t wait for that..that would be awesome! I need to get out of my company with only old generation SAPers soon I think 😉 about 13 hours ago from web in reply to ccmehil Icon_star_full
Moya Watson moyalynne @ccmehil! about 13 hours ago from twhirl in reply to ccmehil Icon_star_full
Marilyn Pratt marilynpratt @ccmehil just read Dennis. woohoo about 13 hours ago from web in reply to ccmehil Icon_star_full
dan mcweeney dan_mcweeney @ccmehil – I assume it’s built on Netweaver none of that dirty PHP stuff. about 13 hours ago from twitterrific in reply to ccmehil Icon_star_full
yojibee yojibee @ccmehil Just read about your project, I hope you will receive SAP developer funding for this! Wow wow wow 😀 about 13 hours ago from web in reply to ccmehil Icon_star_full
dan mcweeney dan_mcweeney @ccmehil Foregivenss is always easier isn’t it. about 13 hours ago from twitterrific in reply to ccmehil Icon_star_full
Al folknology @ccmehil It sounds very interesting, looking forward to the details.. about 13 hours ago from twitterrific in reply to ccmehil Icon_star_full
Ethan Jewett esjewett @ccmehil – Your “enterprise” Twitter looks great from the blog. Looking forward to seeing it in action. about 13 hours ago from twhirl in reply to ccmehil Icon_star_full
dan mcweeney dan_mcweeney @ccmehil Hope you got permission! about 13 hours ago from twitterrific in reply to ccmehil Icon_star_full

As you can see looks like the project might be right on time for several people’s thinking. What I copied there was actually from my favorites collection there are several internmixed messages as well but those I marked as “favorite”.

The internal application is a prototype that I don’t expect to go far, rather I expect the concept and idea of it to maybe catch some attention and that is what I hope goes far. It is quite packed with features:

  • Public Messages
  • Replies (with @ and threaded)
  • Private Messages (threaded)
  • Groups (Public and Private)
  • Channels (for public stream and for the group stream)
  • embeded images
  • 5000 character limit on input using WYSIWYG input form
  • RSS for the public feed
  • * Full Twitter like API is coming thus allowing the use of existing Twitter clients

I used PHP 5 and MySQL to create the prototype and it consists of 23 files and 22 images, currently load time is measured in microseconds and the biggest hassle was the CSS for IE6, IE7, FF, Safari BUT it’s usable now in all of them. I estimate (no serious count done) at around 4000 lines of code or so.

I’ve put in about 22 hours of coding from Jan 6, 2008 until now and 8 hours of fighting with CSS.

Some might notice that the design is quite similar to a personal (NOT related to SAP) project i have as well – OK it is, I’m lazy when it comes to that on prototypes. 

Some might think me bad considering I Craig’s predictions for 2008 to have potential in the Enterprise, all the while I was working to make it happen. I personally don’t consider that to be bad, I saw a need and a potential and I went for it. But what have I really done? I’ve given a whole new audience a safe environment to try a concept out, often times within a company many are not willing to step forward to try something because they are unsure of whether it’s safe to do so. I created that safe environment – all screen shots are from my dev system not the live one internal.

Ok, what’s next for this? The pilot is running and I’ll see if adoption occurs – if it does I will continue to push if it does not then I will move on to the next idea. In the meantime believe it or not I am dusting off my BSP glasses, refreshing in my NW install on my desktop and cotninuing to create a NW version of the tool – so far it’s moving slowly because I need to remember everything but I figure within the next couple of weeks “Shout It” (current code name) will be running 100% on NetWeaver as well. 

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  1. Nigel James
    It will be interesting to see how this get taken up. I truly hope it get serious attention from the upper levels at SAP and promoted to ‘official project’ status (read budget)
    Obviously with a 5000 char limit will limit the sms api approach that made twitter take off at SxSW last year will be out but now that it is established in one section of the community maybe that is not such a big deal.

    Oh and by running on Netweaver I assume SAP and lets say Zend are going to announce a Zend Core for SAP Netweaver any time now.

    Nigel

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    1. Mark Finnern
      Hi Craig,

      Cool. Will check it out. I am on the fence regarding the SMS limit versus 5000 characters.

      It is an artificial limitation, that makes twitter interesting, because it forces one to be concise and link to the bigger picture. Ideal for the ADD generation.

      5000 characters lets you blabber on like me now 😉

      All the best, Mark.

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  2. Marilyn Pratt
    Just look at all the players this potentially connects: business, IT, industries, field services, consulting, sales. For all those clamoring for a safe service this might just be something to shout about.
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  3. Jeremiah Stone
    I’m already seeing value in the short time that I have been using the service – Accidental Awesomeness and all that.

    What we really need to do is put together a tight business case articulating the value in an enterprisey way.  “Accidental Awesomeness” and “Ambient Intimacy” may get the web2.0 crowd rocking, but are way too squishy of terms for business leaders today.

    How about “Ambient Contextual Awareness”?

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    1. Moya Watson
      i misread what you said as “accidental awareness” – an accidental interpretation i love! how much of what we learn do we learn “on purpose”? the coolest things (the apple and all that) are those spotted “by accident” – twittershout seems to bring that stream a little closer to the foreground
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  4. Ignacio Hernández
    Hi Craig
    congratulations! is a promising initative.
    I could not detected a business use case for twitter yet but I can say to you something about my twitter user experience: it’s addictive. If you make a more attractive (or more addictive?) version for user you have a kill app. more users call more businesses.
    Regards,
    Ignacio.
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  5. Anonymous
    I’m really excited about this project.  I’ve identified a few solid use cases in SAP Global Business Ops and am getting the ball rolling on the first. 

    We’re planning to use Shout It to support community interaction surrounding a semi-virtual event for the Global Marketing community.  By embedding a widget-like interface in the main event landing page, and opening additional channels to continue the conversation stream, I think Shout It is really going to deliver value to our target audience. 

    Thanks again Craig!

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