Twitter

Current Status

I don’t know where I first heard about Twitter but I’ve finally signed up and started playing around with it. The site describes the service as “A global community of friends and strangers answering one simple question: What are you doing?”

Updated via Jabber or SMS, it’s a quick and easy way to post your current status — where you are, what you’re doing — to the web. These posted snippets can then be read via Twitter profile pages and can be included on your own site by including a little JavaScript they provide. It’s sort of like a little mini blog for one-liners.

Social networking is built in as well, of course. You can build a friends/contacts list of other Twitter users and be notified of their posts via SMS, so you’re constantly aware of everything your friends are doing. Sounds a little overwhelming to me, but I’m not really the target audience for this aspect of the service. This functionality is strictly optional, of course. I’m only using the service via Jabber.

I’ve added a “Current Status” section to my site’s sidebar and am including my latest Twitter update. I don’t expect I’ll use this for long, but it’s kinda fun for now.

Update

Well, that got old quickly. About a week and a half, and I was out of town for four of those days.