|Follow me on twitter
||[May. 7th, 2008|01:11 pm]
Twitter has exploded in usage in the last two months (spurred by SXSW; the same thing apparently happened last year.) I figured it's time to jump on the bandwagon, and have been twittering regularly for the last couple of days. It's not about my mundane day-to-day activities—I have no intention of becoming a twitter shitter. Rather, it's about the same kind of stuff I write about here. So if you like what you see, follow me on twitter.
Twitter is a good example of how a startup can become popular by building something that journalists need. For a long time, the only people using twitter apart from the early adopters were journalists. It's a perfect tool for them, an excellent way to stay on top of breaking news. And journalists of course think everyone has the same needs that they do—remember how they would go ballistic if a word processor came out without a word count feature? All twitter had to do was stay alive until Michael Arrington and Robert Scoble hyped them all the way into actual popularity. And it damn near managed to fail to do that.