I’ve finally given in and gotten a twitter account (dale_nunns). I’m not entirely sure how it all works or what I’m supposed to do with it, but it sounded cool, looked cool and is something new to play with.?The final push came from a friend who we share offices with, he was showing me a cool new website design he’s working on that has Twitter integrated into it and was telling me about the communities that Twitter helps build and generally evangelising it a lot, so I thought I might as well give it a try.
So you’ll notice that there is now a “Dale On Twitter” section on the widget bar to the right of this site that’ll show my latest “tweets”, I’m not sure how well its going to work or how long I’ll keep “tweeting”, but I’ll give it a try.
Twitter is a sort of cross between?between IM (Instant Messaging) and perhaps Facebook’s “Status” field with some added web 2.0 social networking stirred in for good measure, its nothing particularly fancy. But you can “tweet” from cell phones, PDA’s and other devices. Tweets are limited to 140chars so you can’t type your new epistle which is probably a good thing.
I love this one comment on their about page “…?While our business model is in a research phase, we spend more money than we make.”, in answer to the question “How do you make money from twitter?”. I have to agree that really is an odd business model.
In case you’re wondering what a tweet is, I’m not entirely sure if I’ve got the terminology correct… but as I understand it one message that you’ve sent out via Twitter.