I Still Love Twitter

There’s a bit of unrest among the Twitter natives. The service is up and it’s down and…it is what it is.

What it is to me – I’ve been using Twitter for almost 2 years, and as I’ve said I’ve been on long enough to fall in love and out of love and back in love with it. Now 2x over. I also wrote a response to a Brian Solis post about how disappointed I was in their handling of certain seeming violations in their Terms of Service. Then I felt guilt about piling on without knowing both sides of the story.

Twitter was – almost – the first (anyone remember Dodgeball?) and despite scaling issues have done it better than anyone else. Jaiku is pretty much done (Is Google the place where Web 2.0 apps go to die? Jaiku? Delicious? Dodgeball?) with no movement since the acquisition. But now there are new option seemingly every day, Plurk, identi.ca and Posterous among them. FriendFeed is a big favorite among early adopters, with the opportunity to have longer conversations and comments for each of you and your friends items.

There are also push services, like Ping.fm and BlogIt, which can push status updates and blog posts to a number of services at the same time. Personally, I feel weird about that. I have many “friends” across the different services and it feels like I’m spamming them instead of concentrating on delivering unique content. My issues, not yours ;)

Twitter (and Facebook) is where the my conversations are and where I’ve met people who have become personally important to me. There are talented people, who I’ll never meet, who I look at their Twitter pages each day. I’ve had job interviews and opportunities because of Twitter and have met a ton of smart people who I now count as friends (or collegues). I check in to FriendFeed, I look at the other services I’m on – but those are appointment check-ins, not integrated into my daily workflow.

In fact – I still can’t get excited about Plurk – and I know plenty of people who are. I just can’t get past the interface (again, my issue!) and the whole karma point system makes no sense to me. Many of my connections love it and I plan on checking in every once in a while – it’s just not for me. On the other hand, I’m enjoying Posterous and the simplicity of emailing all of my updates, pictures, etc. It’s easy and fast.

Do the Twitter down times disturb me? More of a gentle to general state of annoyance. Do I wish they would set their business model? Uh, yeah (I’m sure they can’t wait to do that too). But I love the service and the team – both of which have changed the daily way I communicate with the world. And have brought me opportunities and people in my life that I would have never had before Twitter.

(And BTW – it’s still FREE!).

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  1. Posterous is really a companion to Twitter. Email post@posterous.com and it’ll appear everywhere, including your Twitter if you set up autopost. You can use us kind of like twitpic, only you get your own ongoing blog. It’s especially useful if you have something slightly longer to say than what will fit in 140 characters. Or if you just want to fire an email from your blackberry or iphone and have it appear.

    • Gary – thanks for responding! I completely agree – and I'm all set up to autopost to Twitter. I like how easy and simple Posterous is to post to. Really enjoying the service.

  2. Posterous is really a companion to Twitter. Email post@posterous.com and it’ll appear everywhere, including your Twitter if you set up autopost. You can use us kind of like twitpic, only you get your own ongoing blog. It’s especially useful if you have something slightly longer to say than what will fit in 140 characters. Or if you just want to fire an email from your blackberry or iphone and have it appear.

  3. I’m still trying to connect with Plurk and I really like the karma points and friends activity on it .. of course not like Friendfeed or Twitter .. but everytime I still yearn for Twitter .. It was my first service with facebook and will always be ..

  4. I’m still trying to connect with Plurk and I really like the karma points and friends activity on it .. of course not like Friendfeed or Twitter .. but everytime I still yearn for Twitter .. It was my first service with facebook and will always be ..

  5. I'm pretty new to Twitter. In fact I'm fairly new to Social Media. I don't know what too me so long. I'm going to check out all the links you mentioned above. Oh.. I have so much to learn.

  6. Judith – it’s still so new, you’ll have no problem catching up! Please feel free to join my social network at http://www.janequigley.com – we’re going to be talking about Twitter and other social networks soon!

  7. I tried plurk but I love the simplicity of twitter. And it’s the party where everyone already is.

  8. I really can’t get into Plurk – but Twitter is like a first love. Something that changes your life and you hold on to with affection.

  9. fgf,

    and I dont.. haha

  10. I have twitter account but I don’t have many friends.
    my friends are facebookholic, so I became facebookholic too.
    can I add you as friend in my twitter?
    thanks.

  11. I have twitter account but I don't have many friends.
    my friends are facebookholic, so I became facebookholic too.
    can I add you as friend in my twitter?
    thanks.