Twitter — Tracking Production Actions?

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I don’t want to post the link to this (perhaps, it was left public unintentional?) but here is what I stumbled upon recently. This is a log of production maintenance of IT systems in Perth, Western Australia (as far as I could say):

Twittering IT Operations

Good idea but shouldn’t companies keep this sort of information private?

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What does it take to be chief technology officer at a company of technology experts? Experience. Imagination. Passion. Alex Gorbachev has all three. He’s played a key role in taking the company global, having set up Pythian’s Asia Pacific operations. Today, the CTO office is an incubator of new services and technologies – a mini-startup inside Pythian. Most recently, Alex built a Big Data Engineering services team and established a Data Science practice. Highly sought after for his deep expertise and interest in emerging trends, Alex routinely speaks at industry events as a member of the OakTable.

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Looks like an “Enterprise 2.0” sales opportunity! :-) It certainly reads like corporate IM conversations I’ve had in the past…the only time we resorted to using “public” messaging services was when we doing maintenance on the internal IM servers.

Philip Douglass
February 18, 2009 5:29 pm

Agreed — and I believe this is the niche that Yammer, among others, is supposed to fill.


A lot of people don’t realise the types of security issues even banal information like this can pose.

We don’t use internal IM products, but all our staff use encrypted IM clients.

Alex Gorbachev
February 19, 2009 6:27 am

Thanks all for the comments!

John, your last name read in Russian means beer brewer. Very nice! :)


All that was missing was:

“Here is SYS password, here is public facing IP address”



Oh…new use of twitter :P

@Connor :D security demystified ;)


Now that’s what is the real use of “tweeting” ;-).


@Alex Yup, my great-grandparents on both sides were Polish, so not too far away. :-) I assume yeast and hops were once a part of the family business. I intend to take up the hobby someday and live up to the name. Strictly consumer-side for now, though. :-)


John P.


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