Twitter-like short messaging is the hot new supplement to the feature set of collaborative tools, and there are more than a few startups that revolve around standalone microblogging. But rather than a new interface within the platform or a separate app, the new addition is seamlessly integrated in to Central Desktop's preexisting activity stream.
No-frills FunctionalityInside the platform, which is suited to both public and private communities, microblogging appears as very simple updates that lack nearly all the features of Twitter or the more sophisticated enterprise alternatives like Socialcast.
An update appears in your Central Desktop stream, nestled among task lists and other notices. While you can comment on individual updates, there are no "@" replies, no drawing in RSS feeds, and no keyword tracking. Despite the simplicity, there is some external reach, with an easy check box to push your update to Twitter or Facebook.
I Love the Smell of Integration in the MorningCentral Desktop has wagered on the fact that "it just works" simplicity is a smarter bet within the enterprise than scads of features. With microblogging at least, they're one of the few collaborative solutions that has taken the imperative to integrate with the rest of their platform as their number one priority, even at the expense of functionality.