What is up with Twitter being the new new thing? Actually, it is not new. It has been around since its development in 2006. What makes Twitter stand out from the rest is its’ pure simplicity. All you have to do is pick up your cell phone for a SMS text, go to a website, or use a third party API to twitter away. From the time you text (up to 140 character is allowed) and send, all of your friends know where you are or what you are up to. How awesome is that? Simple and practical for our everyday busy lives.
You are wondering what is up with Twitter gaining a foothold in the Deaf community? The answer to that is, communication and information. The Deaf community is thirsty for communication from anyone, anywhere, and no matter how they get it. Having communication and information enables one to stay ahead of the pack. A competition of knowing at it’s finest…what is embarassing is when someone comes to you and say, “Have you heard about the earthquake in Italy?” (Pardon the satire)
I do not have to type much information about Twitter because it takes one to try it and realize its’ full potentinal. You would realize how much closer you are with your friends once you use Twitter and you would allow yourself to maintain updates on your blog, facebook, and myspace. Talk about sitting in your car and you decide to have a say about something. You type on your cell phone and Twitter away, everyone on facebook, myspace, blog, etc would automatically know what is up with you all the while you are sitting in your car.
Currently, there are many competitors out there that would compete to grab market share away from Twitter. Competitors such as Friendfeed, Tumblr, Posterous, etc. You can check them out and use any to your preference. All of them will still connect to twitter and use twitter as a platform to connect to your friends. It seems that now every website, rss feed, email, and post are all now connecting to Twitter. Let’s just say, Twitter is the information gateway to the world.Let’s look at different third party API that enables you to use Twitter to post up to 140 characters each. You can just go ahead and do a google search for Twitter 3rd party and there are plenty to come up with.
Here is what I use and I believe is the winner, however, you are free to disagree. For the Desktop or Laptop user, I use TweetDeck because it works on all platforms across Windows, Mac OS, and Linux. Basically, it use a platform called Adobe Air and you would need to download Adobe Air to be able to use TweetDeck. For the power social users, you can use Digsby or Nomee (it is a new player in town).
I have a Blackberry and I use this nifty appliction called TinyTwitter. My wife has a iPhone and she use Twitteriffic (free version).
We are Twitter addicts… are you?
Catch me at Bporche (Twitter)