[sf-perl] Do You Twitter?

Michael Friedman friedman at highwire.stanford.edu
Thu Sep 20 20:39:35 PDT 2007

I don't Twitter. But, then again, I don't blog, either.

Blogging just doesn't work for me. I like to keep my personal life  
relatively private and my work life is entirely owned by my employer.  
Thus, blogging for me would end up being the same vapid "here's what  
I had for lunch today" stuff that clogs the internet. There's no  
point in adding to that.

However, I think Twitter (and similar services) has a chance to be  
more useful to people like me. You can use it when you want to be  
found ("I'm working at Mission City for the next 2 hours. Stop by!")  
or when you have short, public news ("Massive accident on 280 S at  
Saratoga.") but not have to expose either your actual life details or  
work concepts or designs owned by your employer. The longer form of  
blogging encourages sharing more information; the shorter form of  
Twittering encourages timely information.

On the other hand, none of my friends Twitter, so there's the new  
network problem: you need a threshold of people on the service before  
it becomes useful.

That said, once I get an iPhone, I plan to look into these services  
more closely. ;-)

-- Mike 

On Sep 20, 2007, at 6:51 PM, Randal L. Schwartz wrote:

>>>>>> "Vicki" == Vicki Brown <vlb at cfcl.com> writes:
> Vicki> I discovered Twitter a little over two months ago when I  
> read Clive
> Vicki> Thompson's article in Wired.
> Vicki>   http://www.wired.com/techbiz/media/magazine/15-07/st_thompson
> I started twittering, but switched to Jaiku six months ago.  Far  
> better model.
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