Monday, 3 May 2010

In Praise of Twitter

To be honest, I always thought Twitter was a way for teenagers to amuse themselves by inflicting incomprehensible text-speak globally, instead of just upon their friends ... lol

But with the new release of Ubuntu incorporating the "social networking" application Gwibber, I thought it time to see what the fuss is all about.

Social networking aside, I have to say, it's a great way for people working in technology to keep tabs on what's going on. We all know how quickly things move and how it's often difficult to find time to keep up to date with websites like SpringSource and Hibernate. Well Twitter's text-speak-sized "tweets" are nice little bite-sized chunks of information and, more importantly, are regularly spat out in the name of publicity by the organisations we are interested in ... Apache Software Foundation, Hibernate, SpringSource, Oracle, etc, etc.

Certainly much easier to digest than irritating emails that are quarter-disclaimer and quarter-virus-check. Easy to ignore, easy to read and easy to pass on the juicy bit to your contacts. (You'll notice the new Twitter updates section in the blog).

Go on, do yourself a favour. Check out Twitter. You might be surprised how useful it, and similar "social networking" sites, can be.

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