twitting the CEC

Over the last 24 hours, I have been half heartedly discussing with Shawn Ferry and others if we should consume messages from twitter to augment the Q&A technology we use to get questions to the speakers using mail, text and IM. Shawn pointed out that one can track at twitter now.

I have subscribed using the suncec2007 tag, and some of the correspondents are quite noisy, but I still don't really get it. I prefer IM using a laptop; its easier to type messages with a qwerty keyboard, than any phone I'bve seen.

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My vote: Yes You Should.

The point of twitter is that you can send and receive messages from a desktop, laptop, phone, pda, SunRay, whatever. I can't run an IM client on my iPhone, but sending and receiving tweets is trivial.

Additionally you don't need to start up your IM client. Messages come to you or get queued on the web. And they'll be there tomorrow too.

With IM you need to be on the same network. I occasionally use Sun's IM client so I can't talk to someone who uses AIM. And a lot of people at Sun use AIM, which I wrote about last year. http://blogs.sun.com/davetong/entry/aim_considered_harmful

Personally I don't see what IM gives you that can't be accomplished far better using email, telephone and now twitter.

Posted by davetong on October 09, 2007 at 08:14 AM PDT #

Can twitter act as 121 communication channel?

I checked out your article about last year and we did offer the use of Sun IM (an XMMP) server this year. I think the popularity of AIM is based on the phone interface, however I like to see my buddy list when using a laptop. As I said above, I find it much easier to compose text using a qwerty keyboard, although perhaps I should learn how to use predictive text.

Voice phones are almost useless today, most people don't answer them.

Posted by Dave Levy on October 09, 2007 at 08:56 AM PDT #

Apps: http://twitter.pbwiki.com/Apps

I use twitteriffic on OS X for the majority of my posts. (CEC being the exception since I wasn't online as much)

I can also IM twitter, SMS 40404, use the web page m.twitter.com (from my phone no SMS fees).

Twitter can do 1-2-1 but my recommendation on that front is still AIM, SMS possibly even voice. The direct messaging function is useful but I wouldn't want to use it for a conversation.

For a large part the micro-blogging aspects of twitter are what makes it the most attractive to me. I'm no longer starting posts that are too short or starting drafts of posts that I never finish.

Posted by Shawn Ferry on October 11, 2007 at 07:47 AM PDT #

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