For those of you that don’t know, Twitter is amazing. It is a “free social messaging utility for staying connected in real-time” and supports free applications like twitterific , tweetie and twibble . People send tweets or messages that are composed of 140 characters or less to Twitter and it posts to your wall as well as sends out to people who are following you. You can direct message aka DM a person that you are following if they are following you back and you can use hashtags to reference your tweet to a specific topic or subject.
As of March 2008, there had been over 1 million users with 200,000 active users per week and over 3 million twitter messages per day. It is just over a year later and I am sure the company has grown exponentially since then. You can now find celebrities like Oprah and Ashton Kutcher online or if you don’t care about them, there are developer awesomeness like @dhh , @zedshaw , @obie , @patmaddox and @gilesgoatboy as well just to name a few.
(For some reason, wordpress won’t save links to the screennames. -1.)
I enjoy using this service because it is an easy way to connect with people who have the same interests that I do. It feels more personal than talking on a forum. In addition, I can instantly get messages to know if the bart is having technical issues or to check out the latest 100 most awesome graphic designs. I have made many amazing friends through twitter. I am also a sucker for instant gratification and this service provides it for me. I had been able to follow the railsconf sessions through tweets and via IRC channel. @mattknox attended railsconf and was going to fill me in on the details but then realized I probably knew as much as he did.
On an interesting note, due to its 140 character cap, Twitter has also made me a better writer. I have been able to write more succint blog entries.
I want to thank twitter for being awesome, helping me be better and for bringing people closer together under its shiny twittersphere.