Posts Tagged ‘twitter’


Saturday, May 24th, 2008

As some of you may have noticed, there’s a “What am I doing?” list of mini-posts on the left part of the blog. These are coming from a web-serivce called Twitter. There are a number of ways you can use their service to keep your friends udpated with what you’re up to right now. First, you can use their form on the website, but that would mean you would have to log into the site each time for just a quick update. Another option is to get a Twitter client (I’m using gtwitter on Ubuntu, but there are clients windows, linux and Mac OS-x) for quick posts, and to keep tabs on your friends. You can also set up twitter as an IM friend, so you just msn, or gTalk their address and it updates your status. Apparently you can also text from your cell phone to update as well. That makes it pretty slick to be able to update on the go wherever you happen to be! Lastly, they have an API that you can tie into if you feel like doing a bit of coding. I’ve heard of people writing server-monitoring apps that will post to twitter on certain events. The server admin then adds the server as a friend (wow, that sounds lame) to stay up to date on what’s going on. Some other trendy, web 2.0 sites use twitter as well. Remeber the milk, an online To-Do list will tweet you when you have items that are coming up as due. It’s pretty neat to see sites tieing together like this to provide added value. It’s not all roses though. I’ve just started using the service recently, and have experience a fair bit of down time. Hopefully they are working on this at the moment, and trying to make things more stable. Also, you’re limited to 140 characters. This keeps your messages short & sweet, so I haven’t noticed this as a major limitation yet. Check it out, and let me know if you start tweeting!