Yeah, that’s right, I had nearly 600 stories in my feed reader. And several of them were, in fact, about Twitter. Chris Brogan at lifehack.org has a good description of Twitter:
For those of you not yet using it, Twitter is a communications gateway that asks the question: â€œWhat are you doing now?â€ Users can answer and hear their friendsâ€™ answers via SMS, via IM, or on a webpage. Updates have to be under 140 characters. Think somewhere between IRC and IM and thatâ€™s Twitter.
In addition to a handy definition that actually makes sense to me, Chris has 5 Ways to Use Twitter for Good. I hope this is followed by “10 Ways to Use Twitter for Awesome.”
Not feeling so altruistic? Li Evans explains How Twitter Could Become Useful to Business. Her overall take:
Twitter, right now, its something to look at. It’s interesting to experiment with, on a personal social level. For right now though, businesses might want to wait to see what Twitter offers in the future before tapping into this new technology/service.
I couldn’t agree moreâ€”and the same goes for a lot of other new technologies and services.