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Old Mar 16th 2009, 4:43 am
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Default What is this 'twitter'?

It seems to be everywhere, on TV, I hear about it on the radio, the editorial in the local paper was all over it.
Is it just another word for texting? or is it something completely different? I know it would be easy enough to google it, but I hoped that the clever people on here would be able to explain it, so that even I can understand this
'new craze'?
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Its like facebook status updates, but more of them. I can't see the point, but I think its a generation gap thing. And I'm not even that old

Wikipedia gives a fairly good explanation

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twitter
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Originally Posted by emailrob View Post
Its like facebook status updates, but more of them. I can't see the point, but I think its a generation gap thing. And I'm not even that old

Wikipedia gives a fairly good explanation

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twitter
Thanx Rob, I will go check it out, I didn't think I was 'that' old either, but it just seems to me that there is enough 'messaging' options out there already? Oh well, what do I know!
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140 characters to update your 'status'. Being used by techies as a way of basically text messaging the world at once.

Now being used by more mainstream folks, including

http://twitter.com/DowningStreet
http://twitter.com/BreakingNewsOn (Breaking News)
http://twitter.com/lafd (Los Angeles FireDept)

etc.

I find it is about 20 minutes faster than CNN for breaking news.
http://penguinsix.com/2009/01/30/fas...breaking-news/
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Originally Posted by penguinsix View Post
140 characters to update your 'status'. Being used by techies as a way of basically text messaging the world at once.

Now being used by more mainstream folks, including

http://twitter.com/DowningStreet
http://twitter.com/BreakingNewsOn (Breaking News)
http://twitter.com/lafd (Los Angeles FireDept)

etc.

I find it is about 20 minutes faster than CNN for breaking news.
http://penguinsix.com/2009/01/30/fas...breaking-news/

Thanx hun, see, now it's making more sense to even me!
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Originally Posted by emailrob View Post
Its like facebook status updates, but more of them. I can't see the point, but I think its a generation gap thing. And I'm not even that old

Wikipedia gives a fairly good explanation

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twitter
My thoughts exactly
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Default Re: What is this 'twitter'?

I signed up over the weekend, still not sure of whether I'll use it much, people seem to be updating their status constantly so it's like a huge chat program more than a status update. I don't know about the generation thing though, I'm 28 and following Dave Gorman, Jonothan Ross, Robert Llewelyn and Phillip Schofield and they're all older than me yet seem to love it.
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Originally Posted by SpoogleDrummer View Post
I signed up over the weekend, still not sure of whether I'll use it much, people seem to be updating their status constantly so it's like a huge chat program more than a status update. I don't know about the generation thing though, I'm 28 and following Dave Gorman, Jonothan Ross, Robert Llewelyn and Phillip Schofield and they're all older than me yet seem to love it.
You big scary stalker, you!
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I'm a lazy stalker, I rely on my victims telling me what they've done today rather than actually follow them.
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Personally, I've never been able to get my head around Twitter. Do people think that their every day ongoings are of any interest to everyone else in the world?

It screams of a level of arrogance that I'm yet to even come close to. I'm on Facebook and my status is frequently left blank for weeks simply because I'm not doing anything really worth telling anyone about. Sure, it's important and interesting to me, but why would I consider that everyone else would be remotely interested in it?

Some of the people who go on there and update their status every few minutes strike me as completely insane... What do they write? Getting up... Scratching butt (Twittering with one hand)... Making a cup of coffee... Updating Twitter... Updating Twitter... Updating Twitter... Contemplating life.

Honestly, I think that if people actually got on with life rather than spending time telling other people about the mundane events in their boring lives they might get a bit more done.

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Personally, I've never been able to get my head around Twitter. Do people think that their every day ongoings are of any interest to everyone else in the world?

It screams of a level of arrogance that I'm yet to even come close to. I'm on Facebook and my status is frequently left blank for weeks simply because I'm not doing anything really worth telling anyone about. Sure, it's important and interesting to me, but why would I consider that everyone else would be remotely interested in it?

Some of the people who go on there and update their status every few minutes strike me as completely insane... What do they write? Getting up... Scratching butt (Twittering with one hand)... Making a cup of coffee... Updating Twitter... Updating Twitter... Updating Twitter... Contemplating life.

Honestly, I think that if people actually got on with life rather than spending time telling other people about the mundane events in their boring lives they might get a bit more done.

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The plane crash in Denver was first reported on Twitter by a passenger in real time. And that famous photo of the plane in the Hudson was circulated on Twitter.

I'd like to invite you and any other ladies on the forum to sign up to my new service called Twatter, where you keep me appraised of the status of your box.
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Originally Posted by Octang Frye View Post

I'd like to invite you and any other ladies on the forum to sign up to my new service called Twatter, where you keep me appraised of the status of your box.
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Originally Posted by Octang Frye View Post
I'd like to invite you and any other ladies on the forum to sign up to my new service called Twatter, where you keep me appraised of the status of your box.
Nice!
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Nice!
Once upon a time people used to chitter chatter or tittle tatter.

Now they twitter twatter
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