Twitter – OK, I Get It Now

March 27th, 2008


It took me a while to get into Twitter. I gave it a whirl pretty early on and it seemed more like a fad that would fade. Obviously that’s not the case. I think that when I first started several months ago everyone was still figuring out what to do with it.

Andy from MyTrade has been on board for quite a while and others have as well.

The more I use it the more I’m fascinated by phenomenon and wondering what I did with all my “tweets” before Twitter – I guess they just stayed pent up in my psyche until they reached the “blog post threshold” or I just forgot about them.

Of course, there are those who say that Twitter is irrelevant minutia, but these are kinfolk of the people who dismiss the entire blogosphere because some dude blogs pointlessly about his cat. (Of course there are terrible blogs out there – just don’t read them.)

There are different ways to think about Twitter – replacing quick emails with tweets, a souped-up replacement for the IM status message, real time alerts (I first learned about the BSC $2 buyout on Twitter) – even stock quotes now. It’s certainly all of the above and there’s no doubt there are great uses for Twitter that no one has thought of yet.

If you want to follow my tweets, here’s my Twitter feed. Here are some folks I’m currently following: Brett Steenbarger (from TraderFeed), Howard Lindzon (of WallStrip fame – funny dude), Andy Swan (and his brother Landon), and Fred Wilson (his blog). I’m sure this list will change soon, but this is hitting the high notes now.

Also, if you’re on a mobile phone or BlackBerry, check out TinyTwitter which is a great little app that’s easy on your battery.

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