Not All Communication Is Created Equal
With the availability of rapid, cost-less (in terms of money) electronic communication driving a huge increase in the amount of overall communication, it often seems that all communication gets treated as equal these days.
It’s so easy to send an email — or, even more so, a chat message — that many more things get communicated today than in the past. And with the ease of addressing an electronic message to many people at the same time, the increase in messages you receive daily is only that much more. In the past, if you had to write a letter, or even place a voice phone call, you would not let six of your co-workers all know about an interesting story that you saw in the newspaper this morning. Now, it requires no effort to share — so you do.
Obviously, there are a lot of advantages with increased, easy communication. But it also has the effect of making all messages seem equal — in intent and purpose.
But not all communication is, in fact, created equal. Some messages are more important than others. Some messages have significance that lasts, as opposed to being only very temporarily important.
LoTops helps address this by providing at least two primary ways to communicate within a Project or Team: Messages and Chat. Messages allow you to essentially post a permanent message to a digital whiteboard that is readily accessible. And the comments and conversation that grow around that specific topic are permanent and visible as well. Messages is where you want to address the ongoing items that are important or ongoing or both in a Project or Team.
Chat allows you to text in real time on a variety of topics. And while chat messages remain in LoTops, they’re not as easily organized via topic as Messages. Chat is where you can share spontaneous conversations that may revolve around many different topics. Or share things that are only very temporarily important — like where to grab lunch today. And, of course, things that are just fun to share but maybe not directly related to the progress of the Project or Team — like that interesting newspaper article you saw this morning.