Wednesday, May 28, 2008
When I first heard of Twitter, I didn't see the point. It's been described as "micro blogging"; the idea is that any posts (or "tweets") that you create are limited to 140 characters. You're also supposed to limit the content to answering the question "what are you doing?" Any posts you make show up on the site (and optionally, instant messages and text messages) of anyone else you've befriended who uses Twitter.
So it's sort of a combination between Facebook status updates and blogging. I used to think that there was no point in using a 3rd site to serve functions redundant with 2 other sites. However, recently I've added local people like KevBo and Deys, and old blogfriend Sachz, to my friends list, and I'm beginning to see the point.
When following real people, Twitter is like a constant stream of information about what others are doing. It's part voyeurism, but can also serve useful purposes. I can imagine someone "tweeting" about something going down at Victoria Park, then getting the message on my cell phone, wherever I am, and going to check it out. Or if a bunch of friends used it, one could write about being bored, and others could start tweeting their own boredom until an event gets organized. Stuff like this seems popular in the super-geeky tech crowd (e.g., it played a big role in that Sarah Lacy scandal, as well as many impromptu parties, at SXSW), but it could also be useful for everyday people like you and me. Well, like you.
So you should all add me to Twitter: CLICK HERE TO ADD ME JUST FUCKING CLICK IT RIGHT NOW. If you don't have an account yet, consider making one. Especially if I know you in real life. Oh, and I added a little Twitter feed over there ---> on the sidebar, so you can totally stalk me throughout the day as I update you on my every move. Exciting!