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Day September 2, 2007

Love at First Tweet – How Twitter changed my life

I’m falling in love with Twitter. Again.

I’ve dabbled with Social Media for years. RSS feeds for news, a blog here (Blogger), or there (LiveJournal), started a MySpace that didn’t really excite me, all – nice – but nothing really exciting. I loved learning new technologies, systems – but my real passion was testing productivity applications and services (much more fun than that looks written down here).

Then came Twitter. I joined in Dec 2006 – don’t remember how, although I blame/thank Daring Fireball – and I was instantly hooked. Love at first Tweet.

I wasn’t completely faithful. I was one of the people that followed Leo Laporte the night he left for (and broke!) Jaiku. Then came Pownce. I’m enjoying my Powncing and my friends there, but Twitter is still where I end up.

I also like the Twitter crew. They use their own product, are smart, they work hard and seem to treat their employees (and others) with respect. Not just because they gave them all iPhones (although that didn’t hurt). I wish them much success.

Twitter has opened me up to an entirely new sphere of influence. It has introduced me (not actually – in a stalker-kind of way) to developers, strategists, bloggers and personalities that I’d have not met (easily) elsewhere. Through these contacts and ‘friends” (in the social networking sense) I have expanded my knowledge, made significant contacts, started two blogs, changed jobs, have been asked to speak on Social Media and also contribute to a book.

In a very real way, Twitter changed my life.

bub.blicio.us – Is Mark Zuckerberg the New Bill Gates? (aka Facebook Sturm und Drang)

Is Mark Zuckerberg the New Bill Gates?–
bub.blicio.us

When you’re 23 and getting billion dollar offers for your company, people will crawl out of the (legal) woodwork. bub.blicio.us has a great post about all this Facebook Drama. ConnectU, houseSYSTEM…many of us who lived through the 1st Bubble (NOT that this is a second…) have seen this before.

We’ll see who has a case and who doesn’t-but there’s no denying that Mark Zuckerberg was able to bring it to market first and surround himself with the right people. Which is more than half the battle.

(Via bub.blicio.us.)