Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Techie Tuesday - Twitter

Okay, it's been a while since I've done a "Techie Tuesday" post
I figured this topic deserved one.
I've been obsessed with Twitter lately and figured I would talk about that today. If you haven't heard of Twitter, it's a cool little cross between chat rooms and instant messaging. You have 140 characters to say what you are doing. This bit of text goes out just to the people who are 'following' you. As well, you can follow whomever you like (as long as they are on Twitter). If you look to my sidebar on the right, you can even see my recent twitter updates.
There's just so much to say about Twitter. . .I'll try to condense it as best I can.

There has been much ta do and ta da about Twitter in the technology world. But in the real world and where I live, it's still quite an anomaly. LOML* (the big geek he is) doesn't use it, but I've found that many in the Search and Online Marketing industry are using it/calling it a valuable tool. I dunno, for me it is totally more social and feeds my nosy, need-to-know-what-other-people-are-doing self.

I personally have two different twitter accounts, one related to the field in which I currently work - to try to keep up on current news and items of interest and another that is my personal one. On the personal one: I follow friends, other crafters, and people who are near my location. I've found that I also follow some people because the people I follow have replied to them, and I want to see what that's about. I did say I'm nosy, didn't I?

There are tons and tons of blog posts listing tools related to twitter. These lists do include some desktop tools you can use so you don't have to have be ON the Twitter page to use it. I personally use Twhirl on my desktop. I chose it because you can have several accounts open at the same time. The people I follow use a variety of OTHER twitter clients including Twitter Mail, Twitterfeed, TwitBin, and Twitterific. As well, the majority of people I personally follow just use the web or text messaging.

One tool I've found that I really like is TwitterLocal. This lets you enter an area and a distance to search and will locate other people in that area who are twittering. It's cool, especially if you're interested in locating others near you.

Anyway, check Twitter out. What do you have to lose? Speaking of it, go ahead and follow me on Twitter. I'll see you there!


*LOML=Love of My Life

2 comments:

  1. Marissa heard a commentator on MSNBC say "go Twitter." It seems just in the last month, Twitter has taken off like a rocket! I am thankful for it, 'cause I found your cool blog via you following me on Twitter!

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  2. Oh that's how this thing started. I am SO GLAD I started following you on Twitter then!!

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