I have been following the project managers on twitter group for about 12 and I am being to ask myself if any real project managers use #PMOT. This is not to say that some of the tweets aren’t interesting and relevant. But you do tend to see the same names over and over again. Many of them like me are project management consultants, trainers, bloggers or PM software providers. The question is how many of the followers are practicing project managers?
Let start with the difficult question of how many people use #PMOT?
This is not an easy question to answer as I can’t find a tool that tells me. All suggestions welcome. We have a couple of ways of finding out
- The #PMOT Linked in group #PMOT has 81 members, very small.
- The #PMOT Scores Page on the “plan is” site lists 361 users of the PMOT hash tag http://theplanis.com/pmotscores/
- A search using Twitter Adder gives me 1001 users of the #PMOT tag and this seems to grow by about 80 users a week.
So it looks like the number of active members is quite small somewhere between 300 and 1000, given the millions of project managers in the world a very small population. I am sure someone clever has written an app the measure the trend in the use of #tags. @APMProjectMgmt tells me that for every contributor another 100 are following. So that would mean between 800 and 100,000 follow #PMOT. I tend to think is more towards the 800.
It’s interesting stuff guys but are the real project managers listening?
Personally I love #PMOT, I get some real hints and tips. To me #PMOT is a small family with the same names popping up now and then. Some of them have real personality. However in my job, as a project management training consultant, I get to travel the country meeting hundreds of project managers in a month. Generally, given the economic climate, they are all stressed over worked, struggling with increasingly demanding customers in an increasingly competitive market. Not one has seen or heard of #PMOT. So are the real project managers following #PMOT or is it just consultants and bloggers? I suspect that very few practicing PMs are live on #PMOT, they are too busy with the pressures of communicating in the project to communicate with the world.
So is #PMOT a valuable contribution to the development of Project Management, or just a bit of fun?
This is the $64,000 question. As it grows it may become a forum to learn real skills on project management. Personally I use it as a way to find out what is going on the “Blogosphere”, but really it’s just a bit of fun. See you at #pmottweetup and let’s have a face to face debate.