Today I bought some new trousers. I’m a 36″ waist, down from 44″. I’m also wearing a Mankind t-shirt I haven’t worn in eight years. Sweet.
I’m also using Twitter more and more. Very useful (and addictive). It’s mushrooming fast – Flickr/Youtube fast – it’s gonna be the Next Big Thing – a cross between blogging, IMs, and texting. Microblogs (or ‘tumblelogs’) have been tried before, but this is the first good implementation, where you can be alerted by text (us poor slobs in the UK get international text charges though).
What Twitter does, in a simple and brilliant way, is to merge a number of interesting trends in social software usage—personal blogging, lightweight presence indicators, and IM status messages—into a fascinating blend of ephemerality and permanence, public and private.
From the site:
Twitter is for staying in touch and keeping up with friends no matter where you are or what you’re doing. For some friends you might want instant mobile updates—for others, you can just check the web. Invite your friends to Twitter and decide how connected you want you to be.
It’s great for informal communication of ‘more than’ a text to someone and ‘less than’ a blog post (which often have to feel ‘proper’ and formal, blogs have lost all spontaneity). Every nano-post is to answer “what are you doing?”, also usable for updates, a sort of status broadcast, or even a humanized ping.
Yet another case of a new innovative way of using the net to communicate that seemingly comes from nowhere. It’ll be very interesting to use it as it develops and matures.