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And then there were micro-blogs. I have just a finished a conference call about Consolidation with a customer, and hooked up with a colleague Lou Springer with whom I had a quick chat about Twitter. If you don't know what this is, then you'll have to go there.

It's been best described to me as micro-blog site, that delivers to a number of clients, but potentially most interestingly to the phone by SMS. (This means that the article length is limited, you're not publishing essays there!) Lou's not the first to suggest I subscribe, but its quite popular with the people that persuaded me to start out at facebook and there is a facebook integration application so I joined up and bumped into the people who'd invited me.

I've spent two days playing with it and was deciding that I wasn't keen on yet another application that I could use to tell people where I am. However,

  • it seems more popular than plazes, so I get more feeds from from more people, and some from the same
  • it has a phone & IM publication interface, although it uses AIM and is allegedly having difficulty in making the latter work.
  • it can be set to read your feeds on the phone, which is good for days when one doesn't connect to the internet by computer, (I wonder how I'll feel when I'm on holiday), however, this could be the killer justification .
  • Lou says its great for home workers as for him it becomes one of the technology equivalents of people walking past your desk/office, so this might also apply to geographically dispersed teams as well.

I also feel that my del.icio.us feed is a micro-blog, since I always try and comment the URL's and you get some view of what I think of the page, or sometimes why I was reading it. I also gather everything together (except this blog feed) at Planet DaveLevy, which includes the blog entries from my bliki. (These aren't very exciting but it is another window on to my life, although most of this content is just documenting stuff, its facts I want on the internet.)

I think, I'll keep my correspondence at twitter to micro-blogging stuff of relevance to my followers (thats the word they use, I'm not starting a cult), and use it mainly as a reader. If you want to know where I am, you'll have to find me at plazes, and I need to wait for them to fix my outstanding niggles.

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Posted by Inchoate Curmudgeon on August 15, 2007 at 01:42 AM PDT #

plazes for me has always seemed very slow, presumably resource intensive and/or underpowered, so I stopped relying on it awhile ago. Perhaps I should re-visit.

I also have a problem with Facebook and twitter - I cannot keep straight which one shares info with which - i.e., if I update my status in one, do friends/followers in the other find out, or do I need to do double entry bookkeeping.

Posted by pdiamond on August 16, 2007 at 01:23 AM PDT #

We are now on plazer 2.0. I'm not sure what you mean by poor speed. The facebook plazes app, writes trazes into you feed, and will display it in the plazes app. box in your profile. My outstanding problem with them is that they write each traze into the feed, not each plaze, so as one changes computers and networks, new trazes are created. I may write three or four @home trazes into my facebook & plazes RSS feed.

Twitter posts to facebook!

Neither update the facebook status field, and I remain happy with the flash badges at plazes.

Posted by Dave Levy on August 16, 2007 at 01:55 AM PDT #

I gave up on the AIM interface to Twitter and use the Jabber/GoogleTalk one instead.

Posted by Darren Moffat on August 17, 2007 at 12:39 AM PDT #

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