Messaging – a simple off the shelf solution!

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  • #25843
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    guy saward
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    If only there were such a thing – check out new blog post at http://guy75telingstory.wordpress.com/2014/06/20/messaging-3-0-a-case-study-in-off-the-shelf-vs-in-house-technology/

    Having looked at some of the other posts, I would entirely agree with many of the issues raised.

  • #25847
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    See http://longposts.com/29648056 for my thoughts on app.net as an alternative to Twitter. It seems to be running just as well now as it did before the business aspect closed and, follow limits apart for the free tier (40), it does most of the important stuff. I wouldn’t want to push it as an institutional adoption at the moment but for certain circumstances it is well worth considering. You can see the ocTEL posts (mostly mine) on this hashtag https://alpha.app.net/hashtags/octel (alpha is the default viewer but there are many others) along with the automatically generated RSS feed.

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      guy saward
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      Thanks Peter

    • #26352
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      Rose Heaney
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      Hi Peter

      Interesting – a comparison with Yammer might be useful. As you say, Twitter will continue to dominate because it has  ‘a much larger userbase and many active educator networks’.  However a lot of academics shy away from it so alternatives are always welcome.

       

  • #26375
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    I would say at first glance that Yammer is far more capable as you would expect of a unified platform from a single supplier. I don’t think App.net (ADN) will ever compete though I suspect you could extend the Alpha viewer to some of the functionality. One particular feature missing from ADN is groups although you can invite individuals to a private conversation using an app such as Patter. Generally, however, ADN is much closer to Twitter and equally dependent on third-party apps to get beyond the level of the web-based Alpha app. You can see some of the apps here https://directory.app.net/ but it is an issue that cross-platform or freemium support for any particular app or feature set can be lacking. If you have the necessary skills you can, of course, roll your own app using the API. There are a fair number of developers still on the network who would probably offer support and advice if asked.

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  • #26426
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    Incidentally, Dash is a decent freemium Android app available via that directory link. Can’t comment on iOS.

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