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Old 07-12-2008, 12:38 PM   #1
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Default Okay, what's Twitter good for?

I fell into Twitter the other day so started poking around. Seems to be chock-full of adolescent, well, twittering.

Or am I missing the point somehow?

   
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Old 07-12-2008, 03:58 PM   #2
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Had the pleasure of listening to Loïc LeMeur a couple of years ago, doing a talk on the future of blogging and social networking, he was very enthusiastic about micro-blogging (mentioning Twittr and Doppr), describing it as something more immediate and easier to do than blogging and something that can become part of everyday life.

Not sure that is the way it turned out - it seems more like IM (which is something I am not into) than blogging.

   
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Had the pleasure of listening to Loïc LeMeur a couple of years ago, doing a talk on the future of blogging and social networking, he was very enthusiastic about micro-blogging (mentioning Twittr and Doppr), describing it as something more immediate and easier to do than blogging and something that can become part of everyday life.

Not sure that is the way it turned out - it seems more like IM (which is something I am not into) than blogging.
Thanks, Bo. It does seem something like IM, but it is public.

Weird world.

   
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A friend of mine is very much into social networking, gave an intriguing talk on it.

She finds it useful for posting quick tech questions to her network of .. um ... what, "Twittees" ? ;-)

And answering them, she being in the computer help business. I think she may offer some kind of subscription contract to her clients based on being able to answer their question in whatever it is, 140 characters or less? Words? Dunno.

Seemed to me that it all depended on everyone being online and listening at once, at least if you're going to get fast answers to short questions. And in return, you'd more or less be expected to be available too, I'd think. Not for me. I have enough trouble single-tasking ...

   
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Thanks. I guess I did understand what it was, but don’t see much use for it.

The entries include links to other sites — blogs, YouTube, etc. — which makes it even more confusing. And exasperating.

Oh, well.

   
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The author of this article mentions using Twitter while standing in line to buy the new iPhone. Gave me an idea of how some use the site or service or whatever you call it.

   
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The author of this article mentions using Twitter while standing in line to buy the new iPhone. Gave me an idea of how some use the site or service or whatever you call it.
Huh?

Now I know I can live without twitter. Or the iPhone. Or standing in line.

   
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Life's little mysteries. I'm supposed to care about how many kashi bars he packed for his iPhone lineup ordeal? And care enough to stop whatever I'm doing to go find out?

Er. Why is that, again, please? ;-)

Maybe Twitter would be more aptly named if they substituted an "s" for the "ter"?

   
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Huh?

Now I know I can live without twitter. Or the iPhone. Or standing in line.
I can see myself going for an iPhone at some point, but the coverage would have to improve in this area. According to the coverage maps for AT&T/Cingular, coverage is only "moderate" for our neighborhood and their definition of "moderate" is that it should work outside, but maybe not in a vehicle or building.

the reason I'd consider an iPhone is the same reason I've looked at a Palm Treo -- fewer devices to tote around. If I could have everything I need a Palm and cell phone for in one device, it would simplify things and I'd be thrilled.

   
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Life's little mysteries. I'm supposed to care about how many kashi bars he packed for his iPhone lineup ordeal? And care enough to stop whatever I'm doing to go find out?

Er. Why is that, again, please? ;-)

Maybe Twitter would be more aptly named if they substituted an "s" for the "ter"?
Reading the article I pictured Twitter like a current-day version of a CIS chat room. I remember people, all complete strangers, sitting in CO rooms talking about whatever. In the old ASCII days I'd get pinged by people when I was working away on sysoply duties in the libraries. Some had real questions about how to do something in the forum, but lots of others simply wanted to have a conversation.

I guess those of us experienced with old CIS have long gotten over the novelty of live chat for the sake of live chat.

   
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