Well, I was among the first on the Adirondack Twitter Scene, but I didn’t sequester for long. The Twitterondacks are totally blowing up this week. Jumping on board early was a good thing, too. I totally scored the user name Adirondacks!
What is Twitter? It’s a self-described communication tool to “discover what is going on right now.” It works like this – You sign up, you send 140 character messages (called “tweets”), you make friends with others and allow them to follow your messages. You’re able to send messages from your computer, from your cell phone, or your PDA. Sort of an almost-real-time community made up of whoever you choose.
I always find the ins and outs of internet communication fascinating, and this is no exception. I’m using Twitter to specifically hang out with friends, both old and new. A lot of the folks I know have commercial interests, using the service to connect with other businessfolk. Some acquaintances are using it to promote their blog posts.
Yes, yes. You might be seeing my point – If you’re using it as a fun and personal connection tool, who wants to read a page full of trumpery? (My personal peeve is blog link hyperposting.) I suspect that Twitter filters are not far behind. For now, I’m just selective about who I follow. It’s pretty neat. One of the other things that I really like is that I was able to put a widget on the front page of my blog, so I’m able to add a little bit of of real-time goodness there. Anyhow. I’m really having fun with it.
TourPro signed up at just about the same time I did, and wrote a comprehensive post about the whole scene yesterday. A few of my blog friends were already using the service, and so it’s nice to connect to them in more than blog comments. I recently met TasteBistro, who is hanging out over at the Mirror Lake Inn.
If you’re already on, let me know. If not, check it out before all the good user names are gone!
(Late breaking update – As has been the case before, TourPro just totally improved my online experience by suggesting TweetDeck. Sort of an on-site manager for folks that have a lot of Twitter followers. Awesome! Advanced, but awesome.)