I've resisted Facebook, LinkedIn, MySpace, and countless other social networking endeavors, but I've succumbed to Twitter. If you're on Twitter, you can follow me here. I'll be posting links to all the articles that appear on the blog, but will also post about the fragrances I'm testing, late breaking sales and news items, and so on.
If you don't know Twitter, you can read the Twitter entry at Wikipedia or see What is Twitter, and is there any reason I should care? at The Guardian.
Update: since many people assume a kind of "follow-me-I'll-follow-you" policy at Twitter, I should have mentioned that I'm not planning to follow everyone who follows me. I'm primarily there to a) provide an updating service for those who don't use an RSS reader, b) "micro-blog" about perfume-related things that I don't post about here, and c) waste even more time yakking about perfume online than I do already. So if you mostly tweet about personal matters, chances are I'm not going to follow you...but if you tweet about perfume, at least occasionally, do let me know and I'd love to follow you.
Well apparently you smell delicious right now, but I think I could have guessed that on my own, LOL!
Since I'm in Austin, this from the Guardian article, cracked me up: “Its makers said that the past weekend saw the number of messages sent triple, thanks to the conglomeration of users at the SXSW festival in Austin, Texas.”
South By Southwest is a huge music/film/techie festival — I can see how Twitter would be more useful for broadcasting one's performance than a medium where folks would have to check their computers. But SXSW is also jam packed with hipsters and geek-cool kids — all of them checking their text screens every five minutes apparently…
Apparently a year or so ago, Twitter went down entirely due to overuse during some big tech conference.
As you saw, I've only been using it for a day, but the possibilities are huge — and it's a great system for anyone who doesn't want to use an RSS reader. Am going to open a personal account as well, and see if I can't get my far-flung family on board. Part of the incentive for me is that I detest IM-ing.
Sure, I can see that. I've never gotten the hand of RSS feeds anyways, but I'm a bit of a technotard.
Of course email and phone is *plenty* of communication for me with my family…
I hate IM-ing, too. In fact I won't do it. Of course, I did not own a t.v. until I got married…another story.
I just joined…not really sure what to do yet…but the name made me laugh.
I love Google Reader for RSS, it's a huge time saver if you follow lots of blogs. But Twitter is perfect if you do your computing on the run — you can have everything sent to your cell phone or IM client or whatever.
And know what you mean about plenty of communication
IM-ing is too much of a time drain…I do have Skype on my computer but I keep it turned off most of the time.
the Seinfeld of the internet..:-) OK, I am sold.
Hey, get on Twitter! I want to read instant updates from inside the L'Artisan boutique!
I actually like IM-ing. We use it extensively here at my job, and it is amazing how much it facilitates getting work done. I am not joking. One of my colleagues works from home, and IM makes it seem like she is right here with me. I know, you're thinking, isn't email just as good, but I tell you, IM makes email seem so laborious when it's just a simple question. But the downside is the visibility – if you let every Tom, Dick and Harry know your IM address, then you're in for it. Of course, no reason you can't have more than one. And of course it only works if your workplace embraces it, which mine does, enthusiastically. I never used it before I came here, and now it seems like oxygen – have to have it to function. '
I have not used Twitter, but I'm bookmarking your twitter site (sorry if that's not proper usage).
Oh, I know IM-ing has its place, and there are times I prefer it to email too. I just have so many online time drains, you know?
No reason you can't just bookmark the Twitter site! For that matter, you can follow the twitter in RSS — there's a little link at the bottom left of the page.
Twitter & and gmail, neo office (Mac OSX Office Suite), Adobe Photoshop online all free. What's it called… Web 2.0? Google Apps keep track of everything.
no reason not to be able to keep up and in touch wherever and with zero software worries.
I like Twitters persistence. Wrong clicks,power out and come back and all messages are preserved.
There have been traffic jams but I sit here for days and no tweets.
Web 2.0 threatens to take over our lives, no?
software updates were the scourge of the earth. Every 6 months the biggies would pack more features in and charge $199.00
Now we have an open source office suite to either download or work from the web. Photoshop Express was released this week by Adobe.
A minimal Photoshop tool and 2gb storage on Adobe servers free.
Machines are becoming more compatible. All in all Ram is cheap again. Storage is cheap. 320gb for $150.00
It just keeps getting better.
Okay, so i did it too… signed in to Twitter. I always say I don't like such things, but I'm on MySpace (don't update my profile at all, though. I got bored after a week or so) and now on Twitter. We'll see;)
We'll see if I get bored there too…but so far, it's fun and not overly intrusive, probably because I don't know that many people there yet.
I don't know anyone except a few folk who raised their hands when I started a twitter thread on Basenotes. Grant is using it regularly but I see very few Basenoters following him. As far as the public on Twitter the prefernces allow you to ignore them or do what I do and once a week peek in on the flow. A lot of Asian fonts being used.
Twitter can be kept quite private and you can block people who become annoying.
There are a few people on twittering about perfume…enough for me at the moment, anyway
I've resisted them all, myspace, facebook, linked-in, twitter, they break my flow of work and the “context switch” is too expensive. My aggregate reader is netvibes, has anyone checked this out?
So agree on the “context switch” — but I'm finding Twitter fun & not too intrusive so far. Lets me get stuff off my mind w/o overloading the blog w/ trivia, too…thereby saving you from having to hear ALL of my random thoughts.