David Murphy

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How GitHub communicates

Zach Holman writes about how GitHub communicates:

here’s a look at most of the communication that happened at GitHub on one random recent day: February 4, 2014

The expected methods are all there: chat (Campfire in their case), email, and – of course – GitHub itself.

One thing that piqued my interest was their internal-only social network “Team” which seems very reminiscent of how Automattic use WordPress & P2. Since I learned how Automattic use P2, I’ve been wondering if we could do something similar at Canonical. Perhaps we could use Google+  for this as we already use it for internal HangoutsUbuntu Developer Summit, and to power Ubuntu On-Air. There are ways to limit Google+ communities to members of your Google Apps domain.

(Side note: I hate having two Google+ accounts!)

I really need to finish coalescing my thoughts and put them into their own post…

The other point I noted was that their use of email was both minimal and individual – Team and GitHub itself are their primary ways of disseminating information.

It always interesting to see how others do achieve similar goals to yourself.

3 Comments

  1. We used to have an internal-only Status.net install at Canonical that did pretty much what you mention here, only it was shut down in favor of Google+.

    P.S. I also hate having two G+ accounts :)

    • I remember the status.net experiment well. :-)

      Multiple G+ accounts is the main thing that puts me off using G+ for this sort of thing.

  2. P2 looks really interesting. I’m up for trying it.

    I’ll raise your 2 G+ accounts to 4. It’s really amusing that old versions of corporate me are still suggested as potential friends.

    G+ seems a bit of a dead end.

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