Mike Gotta: The New Out-Of-Office Message

Mike posted something interesting about the evolution of the ‘Out-Of-Office’ Message or OOF as we call it at Microsoft. Email meets Twitter so to say.


I was e-mailing a vendor contact as part of a document review process and received this “out of office” message. I think it’s perfect. I’ve cleaned it up a bit below but I think this is a sign of things to come – don’t push away, simply redirect:

I’m at the <insert name of event or business trip> between <dates> and will have delayed access to e-mail. If you have an extremely urgent issue, then call me directly at <cell phone info>.

If you want to keep track of me, then follow me via Twitter at http://twitter.com/<name> or via FriendFeed at http://friendfeed.com/<name>.

Out-of-office replaced by shared situational awareness.

Source: The New Out-Of-Office Message: Twitter and FriendFeed

I really see this as a good example on how ‘Web 2.0’ and ‘Enterprise 2.0’ go hand in hand. Surely not every organisation will approve of the use of for example Twitter and not every employee ‘Tweets’.

It’s solutions like Twitter that lay the foundation of a new breed of social and contextual awareness solutions that we will integrate in our Enterprise platforms …