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View Poll Results: Do you Twitter?
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Yeah! I love it! 10 votes (25.00%)
Never. I hate it! 4 votes (10.00%)
Do I what? 13 votes (32.50%)
I'm waiting this one out. 13 votes (32.50%)
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Do You Twitter?
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May 29, 2008, 02:50 PM
 
I've noticed it's been growing like crazy for a few months now, but I was wondering if it was just because of This Week in Tech and the wild implementation of its services by youth ministries that I've heard so much about it lately.

Do you Twitter? Are you sick of Twitter and its fans? Have you ever heard of Twitter?

I guess I just really want to know if this is as widespread of a thing as it feels.

[EDIT] My Twitter
     
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May 29, 2008, 02:51 PM
 
Anyone use Twitter?

Do you twitter?

Thanks for stopping by.
     
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May 29, 2008, 02:56 PM
 
Hey, at least your poll was public.

Edit: I come from the future.
     
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May 29, 2008, 02:57 PM
 
Yeeowch.

You know, I had a sneaking suspicion that I needed to do a quick search, but I thought, "Nahhhh. I would've remembered if I'd seen that."

But...consider this the first Twitter poll.
     
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May 29, 2008, 02:58 PM
 
Yep, it's succinct blogs or mass txt messages, depending on your POV.

Edit: I, too, come from the future.
     
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May 29, 2008, 02:58 PM
 
Is this the new "blog" or "myspace" for a new generation?

Frankly, I prefer having my private life out of touch with reality.
     
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May 29, 2008, 03:00 PM
 
Originally Posted by osiris View Post
Frankly, I prefer having my private life out of touch with reality.
I'll let anything touch my privates.

Wait--

Edit: I'm starting a future army.
     
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May 29, 2008, 03:01 PM
 
Originally Posted by osiris View Post
Is this the new "blog" or "myspace" for a new generation?

Frankly, I prefer having my private life out of touch with reality.
It seems like it's attracting adults, mostly.
     
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May 29, 2008, 03:07 PM
 
Anyway, Jawbone, you're lacking an option for, "I would if anyone gave a damn." and "Infrequently/When I can"

Edit: Also a Timetraveller.
     
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May 29, 2008, 03:07 PM
 
It looks like a multiuser blog. Interesting idea.
     
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May 29, 2008, 03:13 PM
 
I'm not sure I get this whole twitter thing and the draw is. Admittedly since the premise didn't grab me, I've not paid too much attention so I could be missing something
     
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May 29, 2008, 03:17 PM
 
Originally Posted by Dakar the Fourth View Post
I'll let anything touch my privates.

Wait--

Edit: I'm starting a future army.
I hope you don't go with silver jumpsuits, again. That is so cliché.
     
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May 29, 2008, 03:20 PM
 
Originally Posted by MacosNerd View Post
I'm not sure I get this whole twitter thing and the draw is. Admittedly since the premise didn't grab me, I've not paid too much attention so I could be missing something
Theoretical situation. It's friday night. You're out doing something with some friends. You are curious what other parties are doing. If they twitter and you follow them, you can receive their twitters as text messages on your phone. So if they are updating their twitter with their current activities you can keep track and perhaps meet-up with them, etc.

Being old, and probably not a fan of text messaging, I'm going to guess this has zero appeal to you.
It's a very techy solution to a non-existent problem.
     
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May 29, 2008, 03:21 PM
 
Originally Posted by Jawbone54 View Post
It seems like it's attracting adults, mostly.
Yeah, it's more like Myspace for the previous generation.
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May 29, 2008, 03:56 PM
 
The annoying thing is that it's growing so quickly that it keeps crashing their servers. I don't mean every few days...I mean about 4 or 5 times per day.
     
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May 29, 2008, 04:00 PM
 
I twitter, although I wouldn't go so far as to say I love it. It's just there. I post thoughts now and then, and get replies from others sometimes (although I don't really expect replies to my random thoughts). It's blogging for those with a short attention span, and I'm referring to both the author and the reader.
     
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May 29, 2008, 04:00 PM
 
Yeah, I've heard Leo Laporte bitching about it's instability.
     
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May 29, 2008, 04:11 PM
 
Originally Posted by Dakar the Fourth View Post
Being old, and probably not a fan of text messaging, I'm going to guess this has zero appeal to you.
It's a very techy solution to a non-existent problem.
Hit the nail on the head - accept the old part
     
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May 29, 2008, 04:13 PM
 
You're under 30?
     
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May 29, 2008, 04:31 PM
 
Originally Posted by MacosNerd View Post
only by subtracting 13
Good lord, you've got an entire leg in the grave.

Edit: Fantastic, more time travel.
     
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May 29, 2008, 04:31 PM
 
Originally Posted by Dakar the Fourth View Post
You're under 30?
only by subtracting 13
     
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May 29, 2008, 05:01 PM
 
Originally Posted by xi_hyperon View Post
It's blogging for those with a short attention span, and I'm referring to both the author and the reader.
Bingo. That's probably exactly why I like it.

And yes, there were too few options in this poll, but I didn't want to spread the poll that thin.
     
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May 29, 2008, 05:09 PM
 
Tried it, thought it was pointless. There doesn't seem to be any way to actually delete a Twitter account either...
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May 29, 2008, 05:39 PM
 
I'm a twitter shitter!

Just kidding, I am not on Twitter and I don't intend to be. I don't see the point.

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May 29, 2008, 06:20 PM
 
Do it all the time.
     
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Jun 2, 2008, 09:23 AM
 
When it's up

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Jun 2, 2008, 11:52 AM
 
I don't understand why anyone would read someone else's Twitterings (Tweets?) . Twitter posts are too short to give me context to understand what anyone is writing about.
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Jun 2, 2008, 12:05 PM
 
Originally Posted by BasketofPuppies View Post
I don't understand why anyone would read someone else's Twitterings (Tweets?) . Twitter posts are too short to give me context to understand what anyone is writing about.
I've noticed a lot of people posting boring, mundane stuff like, "Getting a grande latte. Mmmm, mmm!"

But there are also a lot of people who post funny little one-liners (see Merlin Mann), and they're the ones I pay attention to.
     
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Jun 2, 2008, 12:07 PM
 
Originally Posted by Jawbone54 View Post
I've noticed a lot of people posting boring, mundane stuff like, "Getting a grande latte. Mmmm, mmm!"

But there are also a lot of people who post funny little one-liners (see Merlin Mann), and they're the ones I pay attention to.
Yeah, that sums it up. I'd start one to the latter, but I know I'd end up with the former.
     
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Jun 2, 2008, 12:17 PM
 
Twitter isn't just for "I'm eating a tuna sandwich". There's a ton of stuff going on there. You have to make sure you follow people that would make it interesting to read.

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Jun 2, 2008, 12:19 PM
 
I love TWiT and Macbreak Weekly, but I hate Leo's Twitter. Then again, I listen to Leo's podcasts more for the guests than Leo himself.
     
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Jun 2, 2008, 12:20 PM
 
Part of twitters appeal is keeping tabs on your friends, though, isn't it? So you're kind of doomed to: "Best. Muffin. Evar." twitters on that aspect.
     
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Jun 2, 2008, 12:24 PM
 
Originally Posted by Dakar the Fourth View Post
Part of twitters appeal is keeping tabs on your friends, though, isn't it? So you're kind of doomed to: "Best. Muffin. Evar." twitters on that aspect.
I can deal with few muffin/Starbucks tweets now and then as long as the geek news and Seinfeld references keep rolling in. All but 3 of the 31 Twits I'm following are people I actually know, so we can toss around inside jokes and personal insults often enough to keep it interesting.
     
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Jun 2, 2008, 12:27 PM
 
I tend to read the twitterers out there who dole out one-liners, such as soupysales (warning: NSFW language).
     
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Jun 2, 2008, 02:25 PM
 
Nope.
     
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Originally Posted by Gankdawg View Post
Nope.
Dude, you still have 135 characters left. Oh wait...
     
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Jun 2, 2008, 03:06 PM
 
I don't know enough people for it to sustain my interest
we don't have time to stop for gas
     
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Jun 2, 2008, 03:18 PM
 
Originally Posted by Peter View Post
I don't know enough people for it to sustain my interest
You don't necessarily need to know them personally. In fact, there are a lot of people I've gotten TO know through Twitter.

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Jun 2, 2008, 03:41 PM
 
I know, but when I ask stuff like "why is GTA Races so shitty" I expect at least one reply.
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Jun 2, 2008, 07:38 PM
 
I've been following it with mild disinterest since it's inception and also with it's recent "boom", but as far as I can tell it's a cross between text messages sent to many and facebook statuses. Not quite sure what to make of it. I'm sure I'll jump on the bandwagon at some stage though.

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Jun 2, 2008, 11:35 PM
 
Twitter is an extrovert's wet-dream. As an introvert, I don't have a use for Twitter (or Facebook or MySpace, for that matter). I keep my real identity off the 'net. I tend to be social in small bursts and then anti-social the rest of the time. I don't want to constantly know what my friends are up to and I don't want them to know what I'm constantly up to. I want to be left alone most of the time. When the mood strikes, I'll phone them or send them an email.
     
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Originally Posted by Spliff View Post
Twitter is an extrovert's wet-dream. As an introvert, I don't have a use for Twitter (or Facebook or MySpace, for that matter). I keep my real identity off the 'net. I tend to be social in small bursts and then anti-social the rest of the time. I don't want to constantly know what my friends are up to and I don't want them to know what I'm constantly up to. I want to be left alone most of the time. When the mood strikes, I'll phone them or send them an email.
Really? I'm an introvert, but I love all these facebook, twitter, flickr, and pownce websites.
     
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Originally Posted by Kenneth View Post
Really? I'm an introvert, but I love all these facebook, twitter, flickr, and pownce websites.
Fraud! Fraud! You're a pseudo-introvert, a closeted extrovert.
     
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Jun 12, 2008, 09:22 PM
 
I really don't get it. I've signed up for Twitter and I have exactly one friend using it. I signed up to use it with my phone by sms and I put the app on my Facebook page.

Seriously, what does Twitter do that your Facebook/Plaxo status doesn't? Or a mass SMS?

I thought I was hip and up with the internet social trends, but Twitter continues to elude me.

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Jun 12, 2008, 09:36 PM
 
Twitter was great. But they've seriously started sinking. One database crash has crippled them for weeks now.
     
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Originally Posted by Rumor View Post
Tried it, thought it was pointless. There doesn't seem to be any way to actually delete a Twitter account either...
Now that I think about it, it isn't Twitter I was thinking of but some other stupid social networking thing similar to it.
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Jun 13, 2008, 06:53 AM
 
I love twitter, but I love socialthing (Socialthing!) more. I can update my status across multiple sites at once, and it's actually gotten me to use those sites again.

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Originally Posted by jokell82 View Post
I love twitter, but I love socialthing (Socialthing!) more. I can update my status across multiple sites at once, and it's actually gotten me to use those sites again.
What's the difference between Socialthing and Plaxo Pulse?

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Jun 16, 2008, 12:00 AM
 
I'm not sure, never used Plaxo. But Socialthing is really only about concentrating the status updates from different sites and being able to post your own to as many as you want.

I have one invite left if you want to try it.

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Sure: erikveland@gmail.com

Does it sync with Facebook status?

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