Microsoft is testing a Twitter clone called OfficeTalk, which apparently combines Twitter's corrosiveness to productivity with all of the stifled boredom your corporate intranet. Look, they copied the hashtags, follower counts and everything.

And just like with real Twitter, you have to shorten your urls with one of those annoying redirect services. And it puts your follower count right under name just to keep everyone's egos on edge. Ugh: Microsoft, we know your CEO has a huge crush on the hot San Francisco microblogging startup, but you don't have to copy absolutely everything Twitter does. Images below via

(Top pic: Ballmer looks over a colleague's shoulder during the launch of Windows 7 in October. Getty Images.)