Earlier this week I started a Twitter account. I really joined to find out what Twitter is about. I do this often but, seldom return as time is precious and I seem to never have enough of it.
To my amazement, within minutes of joining, I found that I had a slew of new friends. One new friend messaged me to warn me of the addiction. What do you mean? The need to add mobile updates to Twitter and import it into my Facebook and on to my blog? Nah, not me…
Fortune Magazine just published an article on Twitter. The fast-growing startup’s 31-year-old CEO, Jack Dorsey, like many self-made web-millionaires, is a ( NYU) dropout on his way to making millions.
Twitter is a free service that lets you send the briefest of messages to everyone in your network. It marries the mass appeal of blogging with the rat-a-tat-tat of text messaging.The best part is that you tell people who pretend to care but, you’ll never know, anything from the mundane to the exciting. It’s like IM’ing people and receiving IMs without anyone becoming too annoyed. It’s anonymous yet, friendly.
Fortune says that thousands of people are doing Twitter every day. According to comScore, Twitter had almost three million monthly users as of June, which is triple what it had last November. Those figures are probably low because they don’t measure mobile activity, which is a large part of the Twittersphere.
Other establishment types are getting down with Twitter. Barack Obama’s campaign (handle: BarackObama) has 51,620 followers and counting, who’ve requested updates on events. CNN distributes news alerts via Twitter, and JetBlue (JBLU) sends out customer-service updates. The CTO of Cisco (CSCO, Fortune 500), Padmasree Warrior, Twitters all day long. She recently took a moment to inform her 180 followers she was having “an aargh moment right now: forgot to pack my laptop power chord [sic].”
Am I too old for this?
It’s a funny thing but, my 16 year old and 19 year old have never heard of Twitter and think it’s “gay” (Fred Astaire gay?). Ha. Maybe I’ve outscooped them this time!