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10 October 2007 @ 7pm

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I Twit

I must confess that after months of holding out, I joined Twitter. Just like Adam C. Engst, I just couldn’t convince myself that there was any use to it. Here is how he put it:

Frankly, I put much of the blame on Twitter itself, asking as it does, “What are you doing?” as a way of prompting people to post 140-character messages. For the most part, as I acerbically noted before, no one cares what you’re doing. However, that’s not entirely true, and what I missed in my quick and disdainful overview is that a certain number of people do care what you’re doing, as long as it’s interesting, funny, or relevant in some other way.

That’s exactly how I felt about Twitter.

But these days, Twitter has become the backchannel of blogging. News breaks on Twitter. Long before Google Reader has updated its feeds, I already know what the people I follow have posted on their blogs. If you are not on Twitter, you are missing out.

Of course, sometimes you just get to know that somebody’s kids went to bed early today (good night Josh), but you can ignore that, because right now, I also get to see that Scoble really likes something called Zude!

And now, with the new tracking feature, I can see what anybody is saying about any given topic I chose in real-time.

God, who knows, if I like Twitter, maybe I really should check out that facebook thing all the cool kids are talking about :)

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