You’re tired, busy, or overworked. You intend to search for something, but wind up blasting what you’ve just typed to the whole world as a status update instead. I’ve caught myself on the point of doing this myself.
A number of programs, e.g. Chatter desktop, make this really easy: the
- What are you working on?
- Share an update
- Type a note
- What’s happening?
- Enter your status here
field is located where many other applications (e.g. Microsoft Outlook, Office Communicator, iOS Mail) put the … search field!
Imagine: an Oracle employee means to search for Microsoft’s Business Rules Framework, only to post “Microsoft rules” as a status report instead.
Or a government employee searches for info on drunk driving, but mistakenly posts “drunk driving” as a status report.
Funny, yes, but trouble too. Think of the possibilities: Company secrets, state diplomacy, and not least of all, personal relationships.