Tweet

~ 07 December 2007 ~

Yesterday, after months of resisting the call to join the ranks of Twitter including profound pleas from peers, my formidable will to withstand broke down, and the following was recorded in the annals of Twitterdom:

After months of actively avoiding it, my first tweet. Feel like the guy who started blogging in 2007. Fingers crossed I won’t regret it.

I really do feel like the guy who started blogging four years after everyone else. And I really do hope I don’t regret it. After all, I’m having a hard enough time staying current with email and RSS feeds. I can’t imagine how I’ll stay current with this.

Oh well. Here goes… Tweet.

 

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1   Jody ~ 07 December 2007

Yay! Careful though…once you tweet, you can’t stop.


2   Pedro ~ 07 December 2007

I think Rands had some of the best tips about Twitter usage. I think if you stick with his tips, you won’t be disappointed.


3   Neil Scott ~ 07 December 2007

The trouble with being an early adopter is that you feel obliged to adopt everything, y’know, just to check it out.

The trouble with being a late adopter (especially of something faddish, like Twitter) is that you can’t help worrying whether it has “jumped the shark”.


4   Clifton Labrum ~ 07 December 2007

Where can we read your tweetin’?

I remain opposed to Twitter simply because I don’t see much value coming to the already-saturated-with-hud Internet through a no-need-to-think publishing method.

Today is national-hypenate-it-all-dude day.

Have fun, Cameron.


5   Nate Klaiber ~ 07 December 2007

You have now been sucked in, be warned. Actually, I haven’t used it in a while because I found myself reading it all the time.

Kind of like reading blogs when I should be getting work done. he.

* back to work *


6   Decavolt ~ 07 December 2007

I avoided Twitter for a long time as well. After getting tired of so many people asking me where my Twitter profile was, I created an anti-twitter account.

They’ve all stopped asking.


7   Grover Saunders ~ 07 December 2007

To those worried about information overload, that’s exactly why Twitter exists. It takes a lot of time and effort to create a blog post, and a serious investment to read other’s blogs. Tweets take a few seconds to create and read. You read them when you have a second, before you leave the office, or between tasks. You stay much MORE informed and connected to those people, even if they all have more full fledged blogs, and less time doing so.

Which is why you’re all getting so many requests to join. Your Twittering friends feel less connected to you because they only hear from you when you have time to craft a decent post on your blog. Decavolt say “Who cares to read that?”, but clearly if people are asking you to sign up, they do care. They want to know what you’re up to. Twitter has been key to me reconnecting with college friends that have all moved away.

Now there definitely are people trying to use it as a MySpace-ish trendy status symbol, following as many people as possible. What I’m saying is only true if you only follow (i.e. receive updates) from people you actually care what their doing. I don’t add anyone I don’t personally know. That’s the beauty of the system. If someone follows you, it really doesn’t affect you in any way. You only follow people you care about.

If it’s not for you so be it, but I think assuming that because it’s popular that it must be nothing but the trend of the moment is really short-sighted. Twitter will still be an essentially service when MySpace and Facebook are thrown into the same heap as Geocities.


8   Jason Beaird ~ 07 December 2007

Welcome aboard. I didn’t really get it until SxSW last year. It’s really a handy way to stay in touch with people; almost as much so as RSS.


9   Shane ~ 07 December 2007

I am still going strong at avoiding joining up, I have come close to creating an account about 3 or 4 times now, but I always stop myself because I have a Myspace account that I NEVER use, cause I moved to Facebook, but then I also have a Virb account, and then I have a blog.

Facebook allows you the same opportunity of answering that ONE simple question, seeing as how I ahve more friends on their than I do on Twitter, I would much rather stick to that, which I can’t even continually update that.

So basically I haven’t joined because I don’t think I would be good at keeping up with it.


10   Jeremy ~ 07 December 2007

There have been many inside jokes and Twitter references at the office this year and I’ve resisted signing up for a long time. It just seemed to me like a fad. But I finally caved last week and signed up. I’m mostly trying to figure it out and determine if it’s even worth it. We shall see!


11   Joseph Scott ~ 07 December 2007

I know exactly how to feel:

giving into peer pressure

I finally broke down and started using Twitter last month. Still not completely sold on the idea though.


12   Riccardo Mori ~ 07 December 2007

I’ve avoided Twitter so far, and I’ll continue to avoid it. I have many reasons for doing that, but I’ll spare the readers from what would be a quite long comment – I don’t want to be an authentic bore (heh). Let’s just say that one of them is – because everyone is talking about it. :)

Keep up the good work, Cameron.
Cheers
Rick


13   Nah ~ 10 December 2007

Haha I actually started blogging 2007. To be honest its just 2 months ago.

Thought its nonsense in former times, been told the truth now :o)


14   Alan ~ 10 December 2007

I feel like my grandfather. I don’t get Twitter. Bah humbug.

(But I only starting blogging this year! Maybe I’ll get to Twittering in a while).


15   ML ~ 10 December 2007

What’s Twitter?


16   Cameron Moll ~ 10 December 2007

I’m still answering that question for myself, ML. Kind of like a delayed IM chat, your IM status, and an unorthodox way of staying connected with friends — all in one.


17   SIbyl ~ 10 December 2007

Hi Cameron, first, would like to say I don’t know you, but I think you are a pretty smart guy. While I know ZIPPO about technology, I do visit certain blogs or sites enjoy when time allows. I visit your blog and here’s why: you share about interesting and/or useful gadgets, and you avoid recycling :hype: just to draw an audience. As a non-technical person and just a regular person, your “authentic” boredom is true to form and fairly well authentic. That’s why I will stop over and read what you have to say.

Personally, I don’t have a facebook, diggthis, technorati, or twitter (that I know of anyway); I checked it all out but found I (personally) didn’t have a good use or purpose for it. And lately, on a job related project as an “observer” of the web (part of an audience), it became clear that the more bombardment with social networking for the sake of ?, the more hype, the more diluted / mechanical the content evolved to “keep pace”. Things like Twitter seemed to work best for those with an existing audience and active participants. But they only had that audience because they were authentic to their inspiration or objective to begin with. My two cents is: if Twitter works for you, and you find you like it, then it’s a good thing. But I don’t believe it will add one whit to what you already have here. You do good work.


18   Robin Smail ~ 11 December 2007

As a member of the twitterati, I’ve found it surprisingly low maintenance, and easier than IM in many ways. By virtue of it’s very nature, you can respond briefly and to the point, and avoid getting pulled into unnecessary conversation. You can add as much or as little as you like to the twittersphere. With apps like Twitterrific (mac) it tends to have a small footprint on my desktop and my awareness. Surprisingly, it still plays a part in my worklife. Go figure. So, welcome. We’ll see how long you decide to stick around and tweet.


19   angie jantz ~ 11 December 2007

After you are done productively twittering and tweeting and whatnot, check out some of the other time wasters twitter allows like twittermap. I enjoy peeking in on what people are tweeting about in my neighborhood.

I also am hooked on netvibes dashboard which as a built in twitter module. So excellent.


20   David Schlickeisen ~ 17 December 2007

You shouldn’t feel bad about joining Twitter, just as someone launching a blog in 2007 shouldn’t feel like a late comer. Content is king, and that will never change, regardless of the medium.

If your content is relevant and current, nothing else matters.


21   J. Sperling Reich ~ 25 December 2007

When Evan Williams first told me about the new web app he was launching I thought, “Good grief! I could care less what you’re doing right now. That’s the stupidist application I’ve ever heard of.”

I resisted Twitter until October of this year. Now I am hopelessly in love with the darn thing! While I don’t post all that much (mostly about the entertainment industry), I love reading some of those who I keep up with professionally or personally. Consider yourself among them now.

If you want to follow me I’m at:

http://twitter.com/sperling


22   Onur ~ 11 March 2008

Personally, I don’t have a facebook, diggthis, technorati, or twitter (that I know of anyway); I checked it all out but found I (personally) didn’t have a good use or purpose for it. And lately, on a job related project as an “observer” of the web (part of an audience), it became clear that the more bombardment with social networking for the sake of ?, the more hype, the more diluted / mechanical the content evolved to “keep pace”. Things like Twitter seemed to work best for those with an existing audience and active participants. But they only had that audience because they were authentic to their inspiration or objective to begin with. My two cents is: if Twitter works for you, and you find you like it, then it’s a good thing. But I don’t believe it will add one whit to what you already have here. You do good work.




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