Anyway, at this point it looks inevitable that I'll end up using 50 different apps/tools to do basically the same thing because everyone I talk to will use a different one...
Minus the likes, that's email.
Unlike email, Yammer or other twitter-like platforms are ambient, one-to-many without demanding each person's attention, and length-limited. It's easy to put a message out without being interruptive, and get attention to it / responses from whoever's available. I find it pretty valuable.
Boy, was he right. Not out of touch in the least.
unlike IRC/IM/video/telephone/face-to-face interactions, which happen in realtime, email provides an opportunity for reflecting on conversations and responses, while also allowing people in diverse geographic areas to take part in the natural flow of a conversation.
couple this with the fact that pretty much anyone can run a mail server and communicate with any other person on the internet - i am not sure how abandoning email communication for closed systems like yammer/facebook for near-time communication would be a net positive.
having said that - adding these tools to your suite of communication formats is clearly a good thing.
1) HipChat doesn't support audio only calls and conference calls. This was a dealbreaker for us.
2) Skype has a much larger user base overall and we can use it with other non-company members.
3) One of our developers wrote a plugin to inline images into Skype, which is a nice feature of HipChat.
4) Skype is free.
5) Skype's messaging is P2P and works in our office when our internet goes down. (Thanks Time Warner)
You still email me almost every day, though.
We put out a Beta version recently and are keen for people to have a look and provide feedback - check it out at appsecute.com
We're thinking we should also be outputting info to tools like HipChat, IRC and maybe even Skype, for those who are already heavily invested in a chat system. Again we're keen to see what people think...