Finally, a use for twitter.

March 18, 2008

Ok, I admit it. I have been a serious hater on twitter. All the geeks love it, but I just didn’t get it. Even techcrunch, which rarely becomes fanboys of anything, has PAGES of posts on the twitter, tweets and twittering. But or me, I just didn’t see the value in it. I mean, its just the latest evolution of the AIM away message. Its a short blurb that you spit out of your mind so that others can see it. It could be your mood, where you’re going, what you’re doing… anything.

And don’t get me wrong, I loved the AIM away message back in college, and I have been an avid facebook status updater for a while now. But I didn’t see the value in twitter, which was basically facebook-type status updates that sat in a stand alone site with no connection to the network of people I had built on other social networks. Why would I use that when I can just use status updates on facebook and people would actually see them?

But I finally found a use for twitter (at least for me). Twitter has taken the world by storm because of it’s ease of use with mobile devices. Thanks to twitter, I can now post simultaneous updates to my facebook status, to my blog, on my myspace page, and on my twitter page. How? Lemme show ya…

I send all of my updates (or tweets, to twitter addicts) to twitter. That updates my twitter page.

Then, my facebook status is updated using the twittersync facebook app. Blamo. Now, my friends see what I just said.

Next, I have a twitter badge on my blog and myspace page. Now its updated there too!

And best yet, you can tweet using google talk, but IMing twitter@twitter.com. G talk has a rocking good app for my blackberry, so I can now update twitter, facebook, my blog, and myspace, all with 3 clicks.

So for those who follow my updates, this is why you will see some strange ones, such as the ones last Friday night that I sent out, updating everyone on each of the great beers I was drinking at Hop Jacks in Pensacola. It wasn’t like I snuck away to a computer, I simply typed the update in 5 seconds while I stood at the bar waiting for the bartender to come back..

Its mobile applications like this that will be the next big wave of innovation on the internet. And this type of thing is catching on too. Robert Scoble blogged about how a huge party broke out at SXSW just because one guy twittered that he was going to start a party at a certain bar. He walks in a bar, whips out his phone, tweets that “the party is right here”, and people start flocking in. That, my friends, is the future.

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