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    I was reminded of something I wrote in another space. Perhaps this helps, Matapule?

    However, aside from getting frequent updates on what people are doing and thinking and eating (which is cool enough if you have the right mindset), thereís something else going on here, and I think itís worth investigating. I, like several of my Twitter friends, get updates EVERY TIME someone on my list submits a fewer-than-140-character submission. On my cellular phone. This means that when Iím perusing the photography section at Barnes and Noble, Iíll get updates from Donna, Ryan, Blaine, Jen, and even Donnaís friend Shari, whom Iíve never met, spoken to, or otherwise communicated with in my entire life! I go to dinner, I get updates. Even when Iím in bed I get updates because I donít use the option to automatically turn them off between set hours (Thanks for waking me up waaaaay too early on Thursday, you inconsiderate friends!).

    It's a little bit like when you're home with family. You're in one room doing your thing and others are in other rooms doing their things, but every so often you take a glance in the others' direction just to see what they are up to. You might say a few words or you might not, but you've done quick update just with that little glance. You are aware of the other people even if you aren't involved in what they're doing. Twitter's a lot like that, when it's good.

    Whatís the big deal? In the same way that instant messaging keeps you connected to others while youíre on the computer even if you donít really chat, these phone updates keep me connected to others whatever Iím doing, and thereís something magical about that. I might not call Jen up every hour or so just to see what sheís up to, but that doesnít mean Iím not interested. And when she submits a message saying sheís cruising some website or cleaning up after her kid, I think of her for that one moment. That cannot be meaningless.
    Unlike Local Motion, I am more interested in what Ryan's having for lunch or what Neenz is watching on TV than I am in making business contacts or spreading some kind of message. I like Twitter for the same reasons I like HT: it's a community of people I'm interested in. It's not a market. But maybe that's why I'm poor.
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    Quote Originally Posted by scrivener View Post
    Unlike Local Motion, I am more interested in what Ryan's having for lunch or what Neenz is watching on TV than I am in making business contacts or spreading some kind of message. I like Twitter for the same reasons I like HT: it's a community of people I'm interested in. It's not a market. But maybe that's why I'm poor.
    Ah you misunderstood what i meant... so tell me what's more interesting:

    -eating a burger
    -watching tv

    or

    -at Kua 'aina eating a awesome guacamole burger (and possibly adding a pic of it)
    - watching the new episode of "Chuck"

    as you can see the latter makes me want to learn more. maybe i'll check out kua 'aina, or see a new tv show called chuck.

    That said I am interested in peoples daily lives, it helps discover new places and things, but unless there's some kind of detail, "eating a burger" is pretty useless to me.

    That's why i mentioned this. some people think twitter is all about the vague useless tweets i pointed out, when in fact can be so much more.

    And the great thing is it doesn't have to be all about business. It can be lots of things. But since i RUN a business I incorporate both business and pleasure/personal stuff. To each his own.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tutusue View Post
    Huh oh, matapule...maybe we're caught in a generation gap?!
    No, Tutu, this is not a generation gap, it is Generation X (or Y or Z) just running amuck.

    No, Twitter is not for me, email works fine thank you. Texting on a phone? Whats that? Also no Facebook and no camera phone for me. I don't even have a land line phone. As I have already reported a couple of times, I don't even have television service. I can't think of any channels I really like other than the History Channel, Discovery Channel (American Chopper and Overhaulin'), and HGTV. NPR and the Internet work just fine for current events. I am not going to pay $100 per month for cable/telephone/internet service. I put that $100 per month to better service for charitable purposes.

    You know, I may be able to live in Hawai'i for relatively inexpensive since I don't need all these fancy gadgets. I'm okay with riding The Bus.

    But hey, if you enjoy it, and can afford it, go for it!
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    Suburbs and cars have isolated people. Twitter gives you a new sense of community (I'm not saying it's better or worse than the old fashion version). It's an entertaining time waster, but it's also be useful. You'll get a lot out of it, even if you use it just from a computer, but it's more useful with a mobile device.

    Here's an anti-Twitter argument.
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    I've been on Twitter since 2006 and until very recently I've only sent or read Twitter from a computer. I'm not very mobile with devices because I don't want to pay for extra mobile services like cell phones or 3G networks or Clearwire. My laptop runs on wireless so if I am lucky enough to be toting the laptop around and get to a free wifi hotspot, then perhaps I'll be on Twitter in some real time fashion. Otherwise I am usually at home on my big Mac twittering away when I'm there.

    I did however get a Nintendo DSi and that does internet with wifi, but then again I don't go to many places with free wifi except at home and perhaps the office. The web browser on the Nintendo is quite bare bones and it is a pain to write more than a few words with the thing... barely qualifying it for Twitter use, but still useful for just general browsing... I am not a gamer and don't have a single game for the DSi.

    Got a good deal on it and obtained it mainly for the web function, goofy camera and audio player.

    I have to agree that Twitter is probably most ideal for folks who have mobile internet and willing to pay for it while on the go. However it is adequate enough for the anchored to the computer types to also make good use of it.

    Another thing about Twitter. Several of the people I follow are on this 61 thing and through their "tweets" I have found some interesting music and artists.
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    I can certainly recognize the value of Twitter, but it just holds no big appeal for me. But I'm happy for the friends who use it and enjoy it; I don't have to be into all the same things they are.

    Same with Facebook ... and MySpace ... and Blackberrys ... and iPhones ... and eBay ... hey, maybe I AM older than I think! I see the trend here.

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    Twitter Responds: There is No Official Twitter TV Show

    That said, it's not surprising a studio might want to make Twitter a central part in some kind of programming. I just didn't see a show about Twitter, which seemed to make as much sense as a show about a telephone. It's not the tool, but how it's used, that makes things interesting.

    Twitter's been in pop culture for a while. Well over a year ago it factored into the plot of a CSI episode!

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    Quote Originally Posted by pzarquon View Post
    That said, it's not surprising a studio might want to make Twitter a central part in some kind of programming. I just didn't see a show about Twitter, which seemed to make as much sense as a show about a telephone.
    Was there a tv series called The Fax Machine, Season One?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Walkoff Balk View Post
    Was there a tv series called The Fax Machine, Season One?
    You're probably thinking of the unsuccessful remake of "Dragnet," titled "Just The Fax, Ma'am."

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    I love twitter! Look whos on it at wefollow.com

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    I've personally gotten addicted to Twitter. Its one of the big reasons aside working on my blog why I haven't been here that much.
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    Hey does HT have a twitter feed? Also if u guys care to share your twitter info, do so here so we can start following you!

    My I'd is "surf oahu"

    I have a program called uber twitter installed on my blackbeery and its fun to use. Great for when your wife is shopping and your bored. Some people are very "intertesting" to follow.

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    Let's face it, we addicted!

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    If any twitterers here would like to switch your location and time zone to Tehran and Tehran standard time (GMT +3:30), I'm sure the stalwart students fighting tyranny on the other side of the world would very much appreciate it (to confound attempts to isolate, identify, and persecute the protesters online).

    Threadjack over!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vanguard View Post
    If any twitterers here would like to switch your location and time zone to Tehran and Tehran standard time (GMT +3:30), I'm sure the stalwart students fighting tyranny on the other side of the world would very much appreciate it (to confound attempts to isolate, identify, and persecute the protesters online).
    Award Winner for best use of social technology for social change.

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    Sigh - I have surrendered and set up a Twitter account ... at this point, likely to be used VERY rarely (and I'd better start looking at Twitter-torials), from my home computer, rather than cell-phone. For now.

    Please picture me being dragged into the 21st Century, kicking & screaming.

    I hadda do it; a good friend is on a roadtrip (coming back from Chicago, where she was at a Travel-Blogger conference), and is near enough to the World's Largest Holstein statue in North Dakota that I had to reach her, so she wouldn't miss it. Twitter is the preferred communication method for the trip; replying to her personal or road-trip collective blog might be too late.

    Really.

    Certainly not on a level with supporting protests in Iran - but it's too hot to do much else in Seattle today (temp just might reach 100 today).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leo Lakio View Post
    Sigh - I have surrendered and set up a Twitter account ...
    Which can be found where?

    Don't feel bad about surrendering to Twitter, by the way. I mean, even Albert the Panther has stumbled into the fray. Thanks, zztype, for the heads up!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leo Lakio View Post
    Sigh - I have surrendered and set up a Twitter account

    Really.
    heheheh....

    Twitterville is FuN!

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    Quote Originally Posted by pzarquon View Post
    Which can be found where?
    retroporter

    All y'all forgive me if it takes me a little time to figure out how to be a bit less newbie. (I've actually followed a handful of you HT-twitterers before this.)

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    Leo, you're not the only newbie. It takes me a little bit longer these days to figure out all this new-fangled technology. By the time I figure out Twitter, Facebook will go the way of My Space, and there will be a new Latest and Greatest to decipher. It's both scary and exciting at the same time.

    Enjoy your new account, and best wishes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Leo Lakio View Post
    retroporter

    All y'all forgive me if it takes me a little time to figure out how to be a bit less newbie. (I've actually followed a handful of you HT-twitterers before this.)
    i went to sign up to "follow" you but it said you didn't exist
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    Quote Originally Posted by anapuni808 View Post
    i went to sign up to "follow" you but it said you didn't exist
    Ooh! I love a mystery! Of course, I haven't checked in for over 24 hours (I can't do so at work, and I'm not ready to hook it up to my cell yet), so who knows what has happened...

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    Quote Originally Posted by anapuni808 View Post
    i went to sign up to "follow" you but it said you didn't exist
    Quote Originally Posted by Leo Lakio View Post
    Ooh! I love a mystery! Of course, I haven't checked in for over 24 hours (I can't do so at work, and I'm not ready to hook it up to my cell yet), so who knows what has happened...
    You're still on my follow twitter list as retroporter.

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    It may take a while for following someone. It took a couple of days for a few people to follow Albert on twitter. And even that was strange, like after a few tries we get to see Albert's twitter messages but we don't see his icon listed in the "followers" section but after a day or two his icon shows up.

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