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Do you Twitter?

Perhaps you are answering my question with a question. What is Twitter?

It is basically Micro-blogging. It is where you share short little clips, called tweets, of what you are doing or where you are etc...

Here’s the Wikipedia summary: Twitter is a free social networking and micro-blogging service that allows users to send “updates” (or “tweets”; text-based posts, up to 140 characters long) to the Twitter website, via short message service (e.g. on a cell phone), instant messaging, or a third-party application such as Twitterrific or Facebook

I have been looking at Twitter for some time, and I have had a wait and see approach. I am not usually an early adapter with these things. I want to first know, How will this add value to my life? Will it be convenient and easy to use?

Needless to say, I have jumped on the Twitter bandwagon for the last couple of months. I am loving it! Twitter has proven to be a fun and powerful little tool.

The first thing that I like about Twitter is the ubiquitous nature of sending tweets. I can send them via SMS, IM, my Blackberry, Twirl (my PC app), Jott (using my voice) and even Firefox.

For instance, I can capture a quick Tweet through Google Talk while I am in Gmail...I am always in Gmail.

Or I can capture a quick Tweet through, when I am on the road. I have been using Jott like an animal, especially since they added the capability to audibly update my Google calendar. Using Jott, I can just call in, and add an audible update to Twitter.

The other thing that I like about Twitter are the practical uses for it. Within my first Twitter account, which you can follow HERE, I Twitter about life and happenings. The nice thing about using Twitter is that it updates my Facebook statuses as well.

Also, as I blogged previously HERE, I have used Twitter to journal my eating, diet and exercise.

Twitter has been a helpful and easy tool in recording and documenting my diet's progress.

Also, I am using Twitter for my upcoming missions trip starting next week. I will be able to Tweet updates, prayer requests and even some pictures using my phone and Blackberry.

Twitter is a tool that I can and do use. I encourage you to check it out if you haven't yet.


I just saw this post (I got a few days behind). I've been using twitter for the past 3 months or so and have really loved it. However, it seemed like Twitter had all the potential to do things like you suggested for your upcoming mission trip, however, it seemed like there were barriers to making it "easy." For instance... all the participants would have to log into twitter and create a username, follow your feed and elect to get updates on their phone. Easy for most of us, but for some it's a barrier. I just posted on my blog about another service like twitter (not a replacement) that does what you're wanting to do very well. It makes subscribing to your text/sms feed SUPER EASY.

See if this might be a better solution.

I have seen textmarks before and I like the service...I will admit that texting is great for the HS or middle school seems as if adults are still stuck with email.

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