The year was 2008 (ages ago in Web years), and at SXSW Interactive conference, everyone was atwitter over Twitter. We really didn’t get it yet, but we somehow knew it would be big. (After all, SXSW was also the first time we ever heard of a blog, saw a Flip video camera, etc.) We just didn’t know how big it would be.
Our team implemented a three-day mandatory Twitter obsession. In those days, we didn’t know anyone else on Twitter, so we pretty much only followed each other. I remember there was a memorable exchange between two team members in the same hotel room tweeting back and forth about passing the remote control and other equally interesting topics for public consumption. Fast forward to 2009.
Even though I knew it was coming, I can’t believe how widespread it is. And I’ve found it has completely changed my iPhone usage over the last few months. I used to spend much of my time reading news on iGoogle (or playing Solitaire - curses to that time waster!), now I Twitter. I admit I don’t add often to the conversation, but I certainly enjoy reading it, usually when I’m up at 3 am.
Who do I follow?
How do I follow them?
I almost exclusively participate on my iPhone, using either Twitterfon or Twitterific.
Why do I love Twitter?
Because it’s customized info exactly for me. Who else is interested in geek stuff, recipes, Idol and Austin? Twitter is akin to iGoogle, except in more digestible chunks. And for me, it’s done for my web surfing what Tivo did for my TV watching. I do much less channel surfing, but only record the exact things I want to watch. And I spend much less time web surfing, because enough of what I’m interested in comes to me via Twitter.
Why don’t I Twitter more?
It’s a question of target audience. My personal followers (@teambuilder99 – an obscure reference to a show on HBO – funny when I knew only 5 people on Twitter) wouldn’t be interested in all the geek stuff I watch. But my clients and other industry friends might not want to know every detail about my adorable son Hudson. You get the idea.
So today, I’m starting a new Twitter account, only for news related to the Internet. If you’re interested, please follow @clickbits.
I look forward to seeing you on Twitter!