On Friday November 18, 2011, IBMers around the world engaged in the worlds first group therapy session held entirely in Twitter!
(well maybe not the first, and not really group therapy, but it sounds more dramatic when I put it like that).
It focused entirely on tweeting classic lines heard in day to day life at IBM, using the hashtag #stuffibmerssay. The result was an amusing out-pouring that kept growing as the day went on (and has not stopped). Karl Roche did a great summary write-up here where he captured some of the more classic stuff. Holly Neilson also wrote a nice blog post on the subject here.
You will notice many of the tweets focus on phone conferences, which are without a doubt the greatest contributor to and destroyer of, productivity in IBM. Classics such as this one came up again and again (and it's a common problem for me):
Sorry I was on mute, could you repeat the question?
Nicely counter-balanced by failures to mute like these:
Would the person eating the crunchy salad please go on mute?
Would whoever is loading the dishwasher PLEASE go on mute?
Whoever has that dog barking, can you go on mute, please?
Enjoy.... and if you're an IBMer, please feel free to contribute, it's all in good fun.