Monday, January 14, 2008


If you've never tried Twitter, it might just be worth your while. I've been using it for a few months now and I'm quite pleased. As much as I try to make frequent blog updates, writing an entire entry sometimes feel like a large task. In contrast, twitter imposes a strict 140 character limit. This limit is both challenging and freeing in some ways: How much can you pack into a sentence or two? In addition to providing a place to share small updates, Twitter introduces a social aspect as well. By using @username notation, you can let everyone know your post was directed to a specific person so that they have a window into the conversation.

If you are familiar with Facebook, using Twitter is a bit like having a website made of just your profile status and your wall. These are my two favorite features of Facebook, so perhaps this is why I enjoy Twitter. The main difference is that you never post on someone else's wall, your posts show up on their wall if they choose to "follow" you (subscribe to your updates). I've never really used my phone to twitter (yes twitter is also a verb) or receive updates, but supporting posts from multiple platforms is a big selling point for some users.

My Twitter page is here and I also include a feed viewer gadget here on my blog to display my last few Twitter posts. If you have an account post it below!


Unknown said...

Just a fun bit of trivia or something... it seems that it's common to refer to an individual post to Twitter as a "tweet." I don't think that affects the verb form, but at least now someone asks if you saw their tweet, you know what they're talking about.

Jeff Scudder said...

Tweet, eh? Very good to know. Though I imagined you snickering as you wrote that final sentence :)

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