What’s all the twittering about….
Good Question! I was recently at an event where I got talking to Paul Walsh who was playing with his phone and he explained that he was twittering. I must admit I did think he was a bit bonkers tbh, why not just text or IM to your friends on your phone. So to be fair he was very helpful and explained to me what it was all about. I shall attempt to do the same.
In plain English, twitter is a way of communicating – telling anyone who will listen to you what you are doing, where you are doing it and why you are doing it. It’s also really useful to you if you are looking for opinions of new products to try out, places to go or in general some information that possibly google cannot solve, you are basically asking for people own experience on something, good bad or indifferent.
So again, why am I using it…… I guess I just said I’d try it for a bit and see if I liked it. As I’ve said before I have other means of communicating with folks, IRC/Gtalk/MSN/IRC/Email but this way allows me to access other folks thoughts on things. I can also let people know what I am doing or if I’ll be somewhere so if they are around can join me or offer advice on where to go. It is very easy to use as I’ve tried to explain to my non techi mates who kinda wonder wtf I am on about when my phone keeps beeping and I’ve to explain it’s twitter messages coming in, there are plenty of ways to interact via your computer clients, web, SMS , and IM so you can keep up to date no matter where you are or what way you chose to interact with the fellow twitters in twitterland 😀
The downside…. It can be slow at times, though this seems to have gotten better in the last few weeks. It’s not to be used as a medium for long conversations, use sms or email or over a drink for those or even blog 🙂 Thanks to Donncha for helping me add in the youtube video.