Learn and Lead

About continual learning and leadership

7 Things You Do Not Need To Know About Me

Rupa Rajagopalan tagged me in the ongoing meme. Here are 7 things you don’t need to know about me:

  1. I once went jet skiing in Miami bay and the jet ski overturned. I don’t know how to swim but fortunately I was wearing a life jacket. As I hung on to the overturned jet ski, a boat came along. As I waved for help, the lady on the boat started clicking my photographs instead of throwing me a line and pulling me out of the water.
  2. My favourite English movie is My Cousin Vinny. I think I have seen it multiple times, but I don’t own a VCD/DVD of the movie.
  3. My first car was a 1967 Morris Minor. It didn’t have a driver side door handle and had to be opened from outside with the help of a screw driver. I was driving a car that was as old as me!!!
  4. I am not sticking to my diet and am steadily gaining much of the weight I lost a year ago. My wife is very upset with me for this.
  5. I watch far more television than I really should.
  6. I buy management books but never seem to read them completely. I really really should complete them!!!
  7. My first computer was state of the art 8088 CPU, 768KB RAM with two 5 ¼" floppy drives and no hard disk. I self-learned Pascal, C, dBase and Clipper on it.


So there you go people. You have been armed with such immense knowledge about me. Make good use of it J.

I tag Taruna Goel, Viplav Baxi, Archana Narayan, and Mousumi Ghosh for continuing this meme.


Twitter Twitter Everywhere...

Everyone’s talking about Twitter. So here's my addition to the conversation based on my experiences with Twitter as @manishmo.

What is Twitter?

To me it is various forms of IM, asynchronous chat, chat room, email, SMS on the Internet, blog (micro-blog) depending on how you use it.

I also like this explanation by Chris Brogan:

Twitter is a stream. Facebook is both a stream and a stopping point (but mostly a stream). Your blog is a stopping point pretending to be a stream.

It’s important to think about where you want information to live, and how you want it to impact the world. For everything you toss into a stream rolls past, and if I’m not at the stream when you throw your leaf onto the waters, I’ll miss the leaf entirely, or perhaps catch only the ripples.

How do you get started with Twitter?

Rohit Bhargava explains 5 stages of Twitter acceptance:

I think I am somewhere in stage 2, 4 and 5!!! I have had some 1x1 conversations, published some useful information. I have made met new people on Twitter, just like I did when I started to blog or using Facebook. But I still don’t really get why people love it SO much.

Tools I used for Twitter?

I started with using Twitter in the browser. I tried Twhirl client. However I have now settled on using TweetDeck. TweetDeck is an AIR desktop application. It provides up to five multiple column display (if you set it that you can set to to Narrow columns in Settings). I usually have one column for replies, one for friends, one for search results. Remaining two column can be used for Direct messages (don’t have many so don’t use it for this), another search result or seeing info about Twitterers (!). Update: Now that I have used TweetDeck for a while, I have figured that it allows you to organize people you are following into groups. You can add columns for your groups. This really makes it easy to manage the large volumes of tweets.

Other interesting tools/utilities about Twitter?

I found some useful and some completely useless but fun stuff services/utilities that give you information about Twitter accounts.

follow cost provides you with useful information about average number of tweets by a user. Useful to know what you can expect when you start following someone.

TweetWheel in an interesting application that shows how your friends are connected to each other. This may take a long time if you have many friends.

TwitterFriends provides some stats about your conversations. Not useful if you are just starting out.


Bottom line:

If you are feeling bogged down with email, don’t even think of trying Twitter.

Would I recommend or encourage Twitter’s usage in corporate environment? Well, I am not really sure but I am tending towards a ‘No’ at this time. If there was a Twitter behind the firewall with only employees of the company as users forming a reasonably homogenous user base, then maybe. But in its current state, Twitter can be a real distracter. It needs quite a discipline to manage your follow list. So if you typically work with 10 tabs open in your browser and multiple windows open on your screen, then yeah sure. But Twitter is not for everyone.



Based on inputs from Tom, I have started Yammer in my workplace. It was slow start initially but seems to be picking pace now. I started with introducing a few people to Yammer and the tribe has now grown to 55 of us on the Yammer network for our organization. The message are now starting to come in from more users.

This post is part of the Work at Learning/Learning at Work blog carnival hosted by Dave Ferguson on his blog Dave's Whiteboard.

Learning Formats in 2020

Geetha Krishnan asks "what kind of learning formats will be in vogue in the year 2020, specifically with respect to corporate training?" My short response that I left as comments on his post is given below. Don’t miss out on other comments on his post from experts in the industry.

Man (as in generic human, not intended to be sexist), has forever learned from teachers, gurus. Knowledge has been passed down through ages by the teachers/gurus. The medium changed over the years. The common thread that I see is that the changing media has continued to facilitate increased access to teachers, and communication between teachers and learners. The changing media has also improved the ability to visualize content and explain things in more graphical way.

So in the next 20 years, learning formats that continue to increase the accessibility of teachers will be in order. Telepresence comes to mind. Perhaps it will develop into 3D/hologram type telepresence that will allow teachers to be more accessible to learners.

Social learning, learning 2.0, social networks, user generated content etc. to me are additional means of connecting teachers and learners. All these make more teachers accessible to more learners and these modes will continue to thrive.

3D worlds also make it easier for content to be visualized better and make learning more effective. Usage of 3D Worlds for learning should increase in the coming years.



Subscribe to this blog

Get updates in your email. Enter your email address:

Delivered by FeedBurner

 Subscribe Posts feed

 Subscribe Comments feed

Blog Archive



Related Posts with Thumbnails

About Me

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here are my personal opinions. Content published here is not read or approved in advance by my employers and does not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of my employers.

Creative Commons License This work by Manish Mohan is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 2.5 India License.