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Twitter = microblogging

March 7, 2007

I’m still trying to wrap my head around Twitter and why I find it so fascinating, but I definitely have a new term for it: microblogging.

If you put SMS, IM, and blogs into a “Will it Blend” commercial, I think Twitter is the result.

I believe you’ll see me post less “small” things on this blog and more “articles” while I move the other stuff to Twitter. It’s so fun to just whip off a one-liner about something I’m reading, or learned, or thinking about… Very addicting.

Oh, and Twitterific rocks.

Come say hello.

  1. March 7, 2007 at 11:01 am

    I’m still trying to figure out this twitter thing. It’s not really useful, and seems more like a fad. Yes, I follow a few people I work with on twitter – but apart from that, my twitter update list is empty.

    Why? Because twitter, for me, is a push-medium. I get updates as they come in. RSS feeds are a pull medium, which I can process at my leisure. Why would anybody *want* dozens of items show up via push if they’re not directly related to what they’re working on?

  2. March 7, 2007 at 12:11 pm

    I’ve been thinking something similar—what is the difference between a blog, a tumbleblog (or even a del.icio.us feed) and something like twitter? For me, one important aspect is the ease of posting: the blog posting/editing cycle makes my blog feel like a serious publishing platform, a tumbleblog pares down the essence but still lends itself to some editing and care, twitter makes posting as easy as sending an IM.

    Another is that twitter captures both the publisher and the subscriber; you almost automatically have both roles. If you subscribe to someone, it is likely that you have twitter too and then you can play along without having to solve a captcha or have your own “heavy” blog.

    But why is it exciting? That’s all about connecting.

  1. May 1, 2007 at 11:30 pm
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