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February 05, 2007



for those who are half interested but dont care to click the link and read about it...what?

what twitter...and its an alternative to what and why?

Tom Hume

It's difficult to explain well: basically, it lets you share those "status" messages you get on an IM client and view them historically. Give it a go and you'll see what I mean.

I've not come across anything else which does exactly the same thing.


I just signed up - now I need some friends. How can I add you Tom?

Helen Keegan

really interesting perspective Tom. I'm trying Twitter too and use it sporadically and it does make me feel 'connected' to my friends and colleagues without much effort at all - much less effort than a conversation on the telephone, a face to face meeting, or even a bit of IM. I'm still a big IM fan though but the two can co-exist. However, when are we going to get a twitterific widget for PCs?

Jez Nicholson

ah, the blog post is entitled 'Twittering Gently'. I thought from the url that you were telling us that you are the eponymous 'Twittering Gent'.

You'll have just noticed on your twitter that I just twittered that I was reading this blog post.

Is it right to use 'to twitter' as a verb?

Tom Hume

Jez: all nouns will be verbed

Daniel Appelquist

Twitter is a bridge too far for me. I mean, I'm as Web 2.0 as the next guy but honestly, I just don't get it. Why would I want to spend hours of my life dittering around with my presence information? Why why why? Kids these days! We never needed constantly updated ubiquitous presence information when I was growing up! All we had were 300 baud modems and sticks! And we were lucky to have those!


Tom Hume

Dan: sadly, I think you're absolutely right. This time around, it's us who are the old farts ;)


"However, when are we going to get a twitterific widget for PCs?"
Twitteroo does it.
"I mean, I'm as Web 2.0 as the next guy but honestly, I just don't get it."
As I'm certainly older than you (and other twitterers I know are too) i'd propose another answer: it creates a new sort of text. think of it as a sort of very wry poetry.

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