We use Google Hangouts at work a lot. With employees and partners working around the world – and with all of us being geeks – real-time chat is essential. Even cooler, Hangouts keeps the history of all your chats, and you can even give a name to your Hangout and use it later.
The CTO of my company divided our technical department into three teams, hiring one manager and promoting two (including me – squee!). The three of us, plus our Project Manager, started up a Hangout. We used it a lot, sometimes for questions, sometimes for quick confirmations, sometimes for venting.
Eventually I said, “We really need to name this hangout. Probably not Teh Awsum Skwad.” Then I saw the message that said the Hangout had been renamed. As you might expect, the Development Manager named the hangout “Probably Not Teh Awsum Skwad.”
Now, I use PNTAS all over the place. It shows up in my calendar, on my timesheets, even in conversation (the way you’d say “pentas,” as in the plural of the prefix penta-). Every time I write or type or say PNTAS, it makes me smile. Because truly, we’re probably not Teh Awsum Skwad, but we sure are working our asses off to get there!