If you’re anything like us, you’re never too far away from your phone. Chances are you’re reading this on yours right now, and it’s also highly likely that you’ve got WhatsApp installed, which is why this next bit is so important.
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The global consulting firm McKinsey recently published an interesting insights piece looking at the different parts of business operations being disrupted by digital and the positive opportunities digital is creating. The article, titled: 'finding your digital sweet spot' is worth a read and is online here.
Our model of how social media is disrupting communications teams from March 2013 in full is here, and fits with McKinsey's model well. Battenhall's pyramids would be in each of McKinsey's six divisions, you could say.
The Bank of England broke new ground on Friday, in fact - it became the first central bank in the world to answer questions through Twitter. Jennifer Rankin at The Guardian says it perfectly:
"When Britain's first modern central banker was at the helm of the Bank of England between 1920 and 1944, tweeting was strictly for the birds."
But not anymore, using the hashtag #AskBoE, the Bank of England answered people's questions about monetary policy. Business insider summarised some of the key questions being asked. Timing here was perfect - just a day after British Gas had a total Twitter meltdown, and that's an understatement.
Answers to questions were sensible, smart and most importantly sometimes included a little hint of good British humour. As one user explained, it might not have been as fun as the #AskBG Twitter chat, but it certainly was more informative.
Since launching its Twitter account mid-2011 The Bank of England has gained 47,100 followers - setting a precedent for other central banks to follow. A full summary of the hour-long Q&A can be found on The BBC Business pages.
Ever hit a horrendous traffic jam on the way to a meeting? Or perhaps you're meeting friends for dinner and want to see the route everyone is taking? For a while now, I've had this problem solved using the app Glympse.
Whilst the app was useful living in a car-friendly territory like California, it's still shown it's worth when travelling above ground in London. The main functionality is that you set a recipients; including social networks, a destination, a self-destruct time and a short message. This 'Glympse' of your location is then shared as per your preference, including current speed, ETA and most importantly; a trail of the route you've taken, and the route you may well take. In the years we've been using it, we've seen Glympse go from a fairly unembellished UI to one of the smartest and best looking apps on the Android and iOS market.
This week, the service announced a major development in the way it uses the data you collect when travelling - a partnership with the ever-popular Evernote. In all it's popularity, Glympse has become a tool individuals use when they go on a run, drive, hike or walk, but until now, saving those journeys in a notebook hasn't been all that easy.
Users can now attach their Evernote account within Glympse, enabling them to save their latest Glympse journey as a note. As Ingrid Lunden from TechCrunch explains "The trails subsequently don’t appear as animated/video views, but as snapshots and details, which in records of who you shared a Glympse trail with, as well as the date, time, and duration of the Glympse as well as the destination if included) of each Glympse saved."
We're already avid Evernote fans with our Evernote Moleskins and shared Notebooks to make Battenhall an efficient workspace - the marriage with Glympse is good news all around for us. Let us know which apps make you more efficient through your workday! Our next Battenhall Monthly will be including a hot apps section and we'd love to know your thoughts.