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Tweet, tweet, twitter

February 27, 2009

So as you can see from the column on the right of the page, I do a bit of “twittering”, or as some might say whittering! But as it’s the latest darling of the “social media society” I thought I’d better give it a whirl, just to see what the fuss was about, and do you know what? I think I’m becoming addicted!

Nokia N95 showing Twitter on Twibble

Nokia N95 showing Twitter on Twibble

If you don’t know, Twitter is a micro blogging application that allows you to answer the question “What are you doing now?” in 140 characters, sounds OK if a bit, well boring really. Where it’s interesting is the interaction with other “Twitterers”, random people might ask questions about what you’re doing, You’ll see the thought’s of others on virtually every subject you can think of, and probably on subjects you didn’t know existed and you can “talk to them” direct, and many other like minded people too.

Celebwitties

But for some it’s the lure of celebrity that makes Twitter work for them. There are quite a few celeb twitterers out there, and through twitter, it gives people a “direct access” to them and it is quite possible to chat along with a film or TV star whom in day-to-day life you would never normally meet. It is also quite possible to chat along with a “fake” too; someone who is just pretending to be the person the claim to be!

In the News or is the News?

Twitter, because of its immediacy and the way in which it is used – from mobile phones, PDAs, iPhones, Blackberrys etc… in the main, it is often credited with breaking major news stories. This was the case with the Mumbai shootings,  the Hudson River and Schiphol  plane crashes. All of these were been reported on Twitter before the mainstream media picked them up, but what it’s not that good at is making sense of the breaking news, of giving it a context (but that’s something for another post!)

A few links

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