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Twitter Question...

I know a number of you use Twitter.

I've had an account for a while but have never posted on it. Or hadn't until yesterday when I made my first exploratory post and became a 'follower' to those who were 'following' me or who I found using an address book search.

I was wondering what you are using it for? What service does it provide to you? Why do you like it?

Now it's obviously incredibly early days for me but one of the reasons why I hadn't started actively using the service before now was because I couldn't really see a massive point to it when there are so many blogs and sites which convey the news to you in more detail if you'd like. Twitter sort of strikes me as alternative Facebook "What are you doing at the moment?" method of communication... and I have facebook for that?

Also, how many people have their phones texted the Twitters? I've not signed up for that (although I can see that being useful - although potentially very annoying with texts going off every few seconds! :p) but do you actually pay for the texts being sent to your phone? I'm guessing you probably do which sounds like it could become very expensive very quickly?

I've downlaoded an app for my iPhone which will allow me to access Twitter on the move (although obviously paying more for the privilege if I'm abroad as I won't get free internet access).

I was just wondering why people found Twitter useful, interesting and what you use it for?

Edit: Oh yeah, I'm Angus_A on Twitter should you want me.

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paulofcthulhu
Feb. 22nd, 2009 12:06 pm (UTC)
I find it useful. I have it integrated into the Yoggie pages as well. Good for quick news updates or to highlight forum topics, or even just what I'm doing now.

I don't use Facebook, but I believe you can tie in your Facebok status to Twitter updates.

They stopped the receiving of Twitter messages to UK mobiles a few months back.

I have my Twitter account linked to my phone and use it to send updates when out & about.

Twitpic.com is also worth checking out.

So yes, I find it useful. For instance, recently found out via Twitter that our DVD will be KoDT #149's "Editor's Pick of the Month".

davedevil
Feb. 22nd, 2009 12:42 pm (UTC)
Ummediate social connection, conversation and in effect CB texting I can point out where I am find out where you are stalk Stephen Fry and fond out about stuff like hidden gigs momentary special offers. For instance Forbidden Planet offered a 10% dscount over twitter. Tweety is a great Iphone twitter client btw.
spencerpine
Feb. 22nd, 2009 01:49 pm (UTC)
I think the 150-character updates of people's lives fun. Slightly more detailed than Facebook, more immediate than a blog.

In the UK, you can text updates to Twitter, but you don't receive updates. It's useful for updating from conventions.

G
dansr
Feb. 22nd, 2009 01:53 pm (UTC)
I twitter/am a twitter-er.

I like it for quick things/thoughts/funny bits. It doesn't replace regular posting for me. I have my twitter set up so 1) my updates go to my facebook & 2) my updates post here to LJ (but behind a cut-tag for those uninterested in my twitters). Truthfully, with my ADD-brain, twitter is really nice for me.

I have limited texts for my phone, so I don't have a lot of twitters go to my mobile, but I have a few. (Mostly my husband and 1 or 2 other friends that don't twitter often). I have other friends with unlimited texts on their mobile who have all their twitters (and friends twitters) go to their phones. Personal choice, really.

I'm dansr on twitter (and yes, I'll be adding you to mine 'cause you know I enjoy what you write and am curious to see what you'd twitter).

Some of my fav twitter-ers are Warren Ellis & Wil Wheaton.

Cheers!
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thessalian
Feb. 22nd, 2009 04:18 pm (UTC)
Just about the same as everyone else on here, plus I like following people like Warren Ellis and my favourite webcomic authors and people like that. Plus a couple of my friends aren't on any actual chat programmes and since they got on Twitter, I've actually been able to communicate with them in almost-real time more than once a quarter or so.
tethis
Feb. 22nd, 2009 06:58 pm (UTC)
I find it useful as a sort of aggregator. I use Twitterific, and can update my Facebook status and read both friends statuses and a bunch of news feeds that I subscribe too all in one lightweight app.
kostika
Feb. 22nd, 2009 10:24 pm (UTC)
Twitter also isn't just about what you're doing at that moment, but also about what you're thinking. Twitter isn't facebook at all. It's micro-blogging.

There's no extra charge for sending txts to twitter beyond your normal txt charge. AFAIK the only countries who can get txt updates are the US and Canada. It certainly says it isn't available to me.
crookedmonkey
Feb. 22nd, 2009 10:54 pm (UTC)
Hey hun.
As we're following each other now its obvious I'm a twit(terer)
I don't feel particularly passionate about it but I like it for the following reasons

- some people I follow make witty or smart comments that give me a little smile.

- finding some people - like charlie brooker, the guardian writer who did screen wipe if ever you caught that, make me laugh my head off. He's great, and you sometimes catch onto some moments of genius - richard herring, a comedian had some funny fake argument with someone posing as a hardcore christian group and this had me in stitches for a couple of days.

- gossip, cryptic messages, the usual nonsense

Its inane, I could easily live without it, but it entertains me, and has recently meant that I carry a notebook round so I can twitter thoughts in haiku.

i have used the mobile service but its stopped sending my tweets recently so thats a shame.
x
drivingblind
Feb. 23rd, 2009 07:16 pm (UTC)
It is the closest simulation of working in the same office as everyone I know that I've managed to find on the internet.
ravenrigan
Feb. 24th, 2009 07:51 am (UTC)
Am I the only sad luddite who finds tweets on LJ fragmentary and irritating? It's a bit like listening to one half of a mobile phone conversation in the next seat on the train. I have one friend who has created a special filter for people who tweet so she does not have to see them, and if it proliferates more than the two or three people on my flist who do so, I will probably do the same. YMMV
angusabranson
Feb. 24th, 2009 11:42 am (UTC)
I won't be copying my Twitter posts/replies to LJ. I can't see the point of them and never read anyone elses reposts about them.
Those who want to see the Twitter posts will use Twitter itself. Those who want to read slightly more involved or random posts will read LJ.
The two are very different beasts and should remain that way.
ravenrigan
Feb. 24th, 2009 02:30 pm (UTC)
Splendid. I most heartily agree. In which case tweet away with my blessing!
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