Editor’s note: Because of WordPress’s lame way of not easily embedding video, I had to add the link to the end of the article, even though Posterous correctly embedded the video on my Posterous blog. Get with the program, WordPress.
…but I still am. Earlier this evening I sent a reply to William Gibson (@greatdismal) about the Sony Rolly, since he had posted a link to a demo video of the Rolly. I sent him a link to a Rolly video I recorded at a Sony Style about a year ago. Told him I’d buy a Rolly if I had the spare cash. To my surprise, I saw that he retweeted the link to my video! William Gibson looked at my video (for however long) and retweeted a link to it! I really didn’t think that he would even see my tweet, so I was pretty psyched. I know it’s really silly to be proud of this, but I am. Here’s the video I linked him to: http://vimeo.com/1066182
Well, okay, not just strictly Twitter v. Jaiku, rather the ease of starting and maintaining meaningful conversations on Jaiku as opposed to Twitter. I originally posted a gripe on Jaiku because I was annoyed that I hadn’t gotten a response from an “A-lister” on Twitter. I am fully aware that it’s likely she just didn’t have time to respond, or didn’t see my posts, or whatever other reasonable explanation, but it felt sort of like a snub, since she’d posted a follow-up comment to someone else on the same subject. Anyhow, I was just venting, and of course, a lot of the replies are quite pro-Jaiku. But try not to let that sway your opinion on the usefulness of the discussion, dear Readers. There are some interesting points brought up, from several different points of view, so I thought I would post a link so you guys can see what we talked about. This thread is also a prime example of what I love so much about Jaiku — spontaneous discussion threads. Seems so much more satisfying than the quips that populate much of Twitter.
A plea to my Twitter-only friends: please try out Jaiku for a week or two. You might like it!
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I was just catching up on feeds in Google Reader, namely Teleread’s feed (a blog focusing on e-books), and even they had an article about Twitter! Actually, they had an interesting take on it:
I myself can see Twitter as a way to share enthusiasm for various
books, and in fact, if it’s here to stay, I wouldn’t be surprised to
see e-book software integrated with the service, as well as growing library adoption.
It would be cool to get book recommendations from Twitter users. Perhaps if when someone Twitters about a book they’re reading, they can tag it a certain way so that some utility could filter out those recommendations and present them all together on one webpage. That would be pretty cool… There’s already a site that aggregates the links that people are sharing over Twitter.
I know e-books aren’t all the rage right now, but I sure prefer them to paper books (most of the time) because it’s so easy to carry many of them with me on one device, like my PDA phone, my Tablet PC, or of course on the Sony Reader. Having these books with me wherever I go allows me to read whenever I’m stuck waiting in a line, or taking my lunch break at work, or whenever I am stuck waiting around in general. Helps keep up my motivation to read (With my lessening attention span, I need all the help I can get! *smirk*). I still like to buy paper books to keep around in my collection, but I prefer e-books for practical purposes.
I just posted on Twitter asking what people are reading right now. Hopefully I get some responses so I can add them to my “to read” list. I just read a couple of the short stories from Cory Doctorow’s book, Overclocked: Stories of the Future Present yesterday. Cory Doctorow offers all of his novels as free downloads online in various formats, as well as selling them in dead-tree format in stores. So I put the stories from Overclocked on my Sony Reader (gotta name it sometime…). Works out well!
What books are you reading now?
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Ooh, great! Somebody went and did what I was wanting to see for Twitter — a sort of ranking list of the top 100 Twitter users, called Twitterholic. Makes it a lot easier to find out who to add as a friend and see what they’re interested in at the moment. Of course, just because someone has a huge number of followers, it doesn’t necessarily mean that he/she is really that interesting to follow, but it’s a good indication. It also depends on your interests, but you get my point.
BTW, this sounds a lot more stalker-ish than it really is, honest! I mainly wanted to find the techies using Twitter to see what they’re surfing, what new trend or tech news they’re going to blog about before they even blog it. Kevin Tofel has said a few times that he’s found out some interesting tech news on Twitter from his friends before it was published on a blog or wherever. I guess it’s a tad bit like geekerati gossip/tabloids, in a way. *sheepish grin*
Also, if you want to see something pretty awesome, check out Twittervision . It’s a mashup of Google Maps with the public timeline on Twitter that pops up little bubbles all over the world showing what people are Twittering right now. It’s a lot easier to see what I mean by visiting the site. Fascinating to see what people all over the world are Twittering.
While I’m at it, I might as well list a few more Twitter links here so that those of you all annoyed/bored with all my Twitter talk can just ignore one entry instead of many.
I keep up with Twitter on my phone using Twapper, a WAP page from 30boxes.com that can display anyone’s Twitter page. I’ve bookmarked my own Twitter friends page as well as a couple others in Opera Mini on my MDA, so that way even over my lame-o GPRS data connection, loading Twitter isn’t too painful.
Wired News just posted an article about 8 cool Twitter tools that I haven’t actually read yet (will sometime today).
From what I saw on Twitter last night, the latest episode of MobileTechRoundup may discuss some mobile Twitter clients, but it hasn’t been posted on the MoTR site yet, so I’m not sure.
Okay. The overload of Twitter info in this blog post probably makes me look like a Twitterholic… I can’t help it! It’s a fun thing to keep up with. Perhaps in a few weeks or so I’ll get tired of it and move on to something else, who knows. *smirk*