I think I am coming off the fence and deciding that I like Twitter. For those that don’t know, Twitter is a creative melding of instant message, mini-blogging, and SMS texting technologies into one ridiculously simple package. You basically set up a free account, associate your favorite instant message and/or cell phone SMS text service, and start posting very short updates on your life in 140 characters or less. You can choose to post and receive messages on the web, via SMS text and/or as an instant message.
I’ve been Twittering for the past week or so, adding friends and
acquantances and staying abreast of their day-to-day, sometimes
minute-to-minute activities. You learn lots of banal things about
people, like what they are having for dinner (kimchee and rice, cereal)
or what they are watching on TV (CSI, the Illusionist). Most of it is
kind of boring, but you can find a steady stream of info, gossip, and
humor throughout the day.
Today it was interesting seeing people share little stories about
Kurt Vonnegut over Twitter as news of his passing was spread around.
Some where sharing favorite quotes and books, others were noting how
influential he was for them. It demonstrated what technology should
do: help people to connect with each other during key moments in their
You can view my Twitter Page, if you like, or add me ("rikomatic") as a friend you are following.