IT disabled the camera on my phone. man that sucks. i could take pics of all sort of stupid british shit.
I had a WP plugin sending updates to Twitter, Facebook, and MySpace via ping.fm. I even set it up so that Twitter would, in turn, update my status on other services (including my own site, which was a fun little hack job), but as much as this establishes some geek cred, it still has no real purpose
Give it another few months. Last May, 6% of American Internet users were on twitter. I believe the number is now 11%.
Of course twitter has no real purpose is THATs how your're using it. You're doing it wrong.
Perhaps you missed what I was saying. I tried it before and found it useless. Only then did I muck around with automating it... to at least keep the fires burning until I do find a use for it.
But, do tell, what is its grand function? How does it satisfy a social need? I don't really care if someone I don't know is eating a cheeseburger in Seattle.
Funnily this article just popped up
Twitter may just be a collection of inane thoughts, but in aggregate that is a valuable thing. In aggregate, what you get is a direct view into consumer sentiment, political sentiment, any kind of sentiment. For companies trying to figure out what people are thinking about their brands, searching Twitter is a good place to start.
Since I'm not a marketer, just how useful is this aggregate inanity? I might satisfy my curiosity by checking in with the Twitter zeitgeist to discover that, shockingly, those who are wired and hip enough to use Twitter probably like Obama's pro-technology vibe... but beyond that, I haven't really seen a point to it. (And this thread isn't helping much.)
I get that you think it's superfluous noise but saying it's just making something for the sake of doing so is a bit much. I'm not yet part of the twitter flag waving set, but if you can't even see the incremental value add, you don't get it or are trying to hard to say it's nothing.
OTOH I think it's a legitimate criticism that the kind of social activity thes tools encourage is more egocentric than bidirectional. Shots out into the dark and vanity than conversation or curiosity about others. Is that more connected than nothing though? Is that not the point?
Oh, I wouldn't say that. My "something for the sake of doing so" was about pointlessly hacking up Twitter to work with different services without even having any real appreciation for what the service is good for reminds me a lot of other similar projects I see while cruising through various blogs (particularly blogs about blogs).
An example of something cool about Twitter - Last thursday me and 25 other Edmontonians met for the first time at a bar, had a great time, talked technology all night, and raised $1000 for the charity: water. Some of us were following some others, but none of us knew everyone, and now more of us are following more of each other. And what they're saying is sometimes interesting.
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