Much has been made about the benefits of micro-blogging services in 2009. But before you sign-up for Twitter, the most high-profle service, it's worth considering the alternatives that haven't generated as much publicity.

Here are 12 of our favourites.

1. Co-op

Allows you to post updates, ask questions, share links and track time.

This tool also offers the ability to share your daily agenda with co-workers and enables you to search the transcript for old information. Tool is free.

2. combines collaboration tools such as wikis, social networks, blogs, file sharing repositories, microblogs and discussion boards into a secure enterprise platform. Free and paid accounts available.

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  1. Micro-blogging services businesses should consider
  2. Jaiku and Obayoo
  3. and Sharetronix
  4. Snipia and SocialCast
  5. Socialtext and StatusNet
  6. WorkSimple and Yammer