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Personal :: The Great Twitter Experiment
  submitted on December 29, 2008, 6:52 PM


I've been on the fence regarding Twitter for quite some time. I just haven't been convinced that it's a viable form of communication on the Internet. With e-mail, Facebook, blogging, instant messaging, all as established online communication methods, does Twitter bring enough to the table that's different to be able to sustain itself? I don't know the answer to that.

So, I've decided to give it a shot, and see what I think. I can be found at mtmaloney. So far it's actually been a more positive experience than I was expecting. I still don't know how productive I am as far as keeping people updated, but I have found some neat Twitter feeds to follow. Some are just personal Twitters, some are news related, and some are just for fun.

The big selling point for me thus far is the ability to integrate Twitter into my every day apps. TwitterGadget allows me to embed Twitter inside my Gmail, which I have open at work all day. Twitteriffic allows me to access Twitter on my iPhone when I'm away from the computer. The result of this is that I actually spend very little time on twitter.com, which means so far the transition into using Twitter has been fairly seamless. Big points for Twitter there.

I do want to integrate it further, primarily by incorporating it into my blog somehow. Perhaps add a small section under my 'Contact Me' section that lists my most recent Tweets, and perhaps include my most recent Tweet or two in my RSS feed. Just something that makes it easy for people who read my blog to see what's going on in my Twitter world, without feeling obligated to pay attention to both. That's the one thing I don't want, is to have my attempt at communicating with the world spread out into too many places.

Apparently I'm not the only one interested in testing the Twitter waters, and obviously Twitter is at its best when you actually have other people to follow along. That being said, I do wish Twitter would make it a bit easier to follow people I might now. Right now, aside from blindly searching, all I can do is have it scan my address book and pull e-mail addresses it finds. Why no Facebook integration? I would imagine there would be a nice crossover between Facebook users and Twitter users, and it would be great to have Twitter search my friends on Facebook and give me some more people that I can follow.

That's all for now. As I said, I've been pleasantly surprised so far with Twitter, we'll see how things progress.

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