Twitteridoooo…

Facebook has recently become of age: The Times is publishing stories about it on the front page, and even my (quite mature) mother has now joined facebook to keep up with friends.
Of course the biggest problem of facebook (as with most [social networking and] websites really) is pretty much depends on you visiting the site, checking for updates – and really on having quite a number of friends who use it regularly (as otherwise the updates get quite boring). If you don’t do that, then you won’t get much out of facebook, and in fact may well wonder what the buzz is all about.
The fundamental problem though is still that facebook depends on you checking for updates, rather than the updates coming to you. Picture the following situation: I might decide to go for drinks in my favourite pub, while you are in a bar next door. I can update my status on facebook – but you would not see that unless you were also logged in to facebook. So, chances are, that by the time I’m ready to go home you would have never seen that I am sitting in the pub close to you. Enter Twitter: Once installed, I can update my status, and Twitter then sends a text message to my friends saying “Stephan is in his favourite pub”. You can then either decide to ignore this – or that watching paint dry is boring and that you would really like to join me next door.
Downside: If I update, then all my friends (or followers, as they are called on Twitter) get (potentially) instantaneously informed what I am up to. Some would think that this is a major loss of privacy: well, possibly if you slavishly update your status. Though, of course, no one actually forces you to update Twitter with everything you do. In fact, I would stop “following” a friend who updates Twitter with “I’m in Tesco buying milk”. “I’m still in Tesco, wondering should I buy apples”.
etc…
Another downside of Twitter is that it is really powerful – but not much guidance is given on the site. Luckily there is this newbie’s guide to twitter – which explains how to get twittering.
Some more stuff: Well there are also plenty of “twitter”-friends who are not real persons. Like for example tubejubilee which is Jubilee line updates by twitter. So if you become a follower of tubejubilee, you would receive an SMS if there is a problem on the line (and did I mention, receiving these SMS is free?),… or guess what bbcnews might be…

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