OK, so my colleague/mentor/friend Sky finally got me on Twitter. If you don’t know twitter, it’s a microblog, where you post the equivalent of a SMS (text message), maximum 160 characters. People I respect are into it, but I’d wondered the advantages. Sky told me he was using TwitterFox which lets you put it in your Firefox browser. So I installed it, and managed to get it running (tho’ I may still be mucking a few things up). And finding out that people will ‘follow’ you in the hopes you’ll visit and see their ads, e.g. weightloss; there’s spam everywhere; something I’m doing wrong?
So far, I’ve been on it a few days (@Quinnovator), and find it easy to update what I’m doing, harder to use it as a reflective tool. I’m also only following a couple of folks I know, as I haven’t found an easy way to find folks I know who might be tweeting. So far, some interesting things are coming through and I’ve answered a couple of questions.
One of the few folks I am following, however, pointed me to this site, recommendations of how to use Twitter as a college student. I like where someone looks to a technology and finds the learning affordances (what I try to do myself). I’ve not the experience with Twitter, let alone the additional apps people are building (e.g. retweetme, a twitter reminder system), as yet, so it’s nice to see someone else doing it.
I’m not going to be SMSing my tweets (I’ve a limit on SMS messages, and like that I never come near the limit), but I will be giving it a spin through the browser interface. Any recommendations?