thinking about twitter…

[updated: April 16] gapingvoid is back on Twitter! LOL

over a month ago, I had stumbled across the blog of hugh macleod and took a moment to laugh at myself. of course, one thing leads to another then we started following each other on twitter. This morning I noticed he was not tweeting about alpine TX or his book deal, actually he deleted his twitter account. From avid twitterer (‘cause it does get addictive) to deleted twitterer overnight? i was a bit surprised…

the reality of twitter is this: twitter is becoming the next big thing, the it girl, because it is the new communication tool for business (e.g., JetBlue), politics (e.g., Obama), news (e.g., NY times), academia (i.e., my work), and, of course, schmoozing (everyone else who uses it regularly). We use this social networking service to make connections, to collaborate, to discover, to learn in a way that wasn’t possible before this type of tool. A friend mentioned yesterday that news from silicone valley, for example, that previously would take a few days to break (via other forms of communication), is now instantaneous.

of late, twitter has been making some upgrades, simplifying its layout somewhat. it’s not perfect, could use some more improvements (e.g., it apparently loses some replies somewhere out there in the twittosphere) but it is readily accessible via web, OS applications (twhirl, twitterific, spaz), browser apps (firefox), desktop platforms (netvibes, pageflakes), widgets for blogs, facebook, etc., and, last but not least, mobile phones. This accessibility, the 11+ million users (ok, not all regular twitterers), makes twitter worth exploring.

All I have to do now is convince the 18,000 students who attend the university, and the majority of our faculty and staff … no small task.đŸ˜‰

4 pensieri riguardo “thinking about twitter…

  1. I find what I am doing to be pretty mundane. “What are you thinking about?” is an interesting question and some insights into what occupies people’s minds, and what they are, or aren’t doing about it.

  2. Smacks to me of pre-advance publicity. Twitter, like any other electronic gadget, can take away from productivity. But really, if you are a professional – why are you indulging in twitter-ing to the point it is interfering with your work. I think he is piggy-backing on the blogger burnout story for publicity.

  3. Yup…i too think it’s a publicity stunt. If you read some of the comments on his site, you’ll discover a number of “gonna miss you on twitter but i’ll buy your book when it comes out” type of comments. Ah, what we do for our share of the limelight.

    his decision, however, gave me the opportunity to reflect on twitter, and rationalise it a bit more for my own sake.

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