[kwlug-disc] ?: What is twitter / twitting?

Bob Jonkman bjonkman at sobac.com
Thu Dec 24 00:20:25 EST 2009


Look at some of our Identi.ca or Twitter streams.  If you think you'd 
like to be kept up-to-date with these tidbits as they happen, then sign 
up for an account.


Me:  http://identi.ca/bobjonkman
Darcy: http://identi.ca/flyingsquirrel
Chris Irwin: http://identi.ca/chrisirwin
Chris Frey: http://identi.ca/cdfrey
KWLUG: http://identi.ca/kwlug


Andrew Kohlsmith: http://twitter.com/akohlsmith
Rob Day: http://twitter.com/rpjday
Richard Weait: http://twitter.com/rweait
KWLUG: http://twitter.com/kwlug

Heck, sign up for an account on either (or both), see how you like it, 
and if you don't you can always abandon it.

I prefer Identi.ca to Twitter, as Identi.ca is far more flexible.  
However, Twitter is where the Tweeple are, so I have an account there 
too.  I connect my Identi.ca to Twitter (that function is part of 
Identi.ca), I post only to Identi.ca, and those posts are automatically 
transferred to Twitter.


I use an Instant Messaging client (Pidgin) to follow both Identi.ca and 
Twitter.  XMPP connectivity is built into Identi.ca, for Twitter I use 
http://tweet.im to forward tweets to my XMPP account.  Both Identi.ca 
and Tweet.im have some management commands (subscribe or follow; 
unsubscribe or unfollow; list subscribers or followers; list 
subscriptions or those following me; search)

There is also a service that translates either Identi.ca or Twitter to 
an IRC channel.  I'm no longer using that, but I can look it up if 
someone is interested.

Identi.ca also has Atom/RSS feeds for almost every type of output it 
produces.  Identi.ca has groups you can subscribe to so you don't have 
to follow _everyone_ who's interested in, eg. FLOSS;  Twitter lets you 
follow a saved search for FLOSS.


And the Identi.ca software (called "Status.net") is F/LOSS, so you can 
run your own instance of Status.net and connect it with all other 
OpenMicroBlogging services (just like you can connect any SMTP server to 
any other). 

--Bob.


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unsolicited wrote:
> Blackberries bastardized e-mail (electronic formal memos) into txting.
>
> I can certainly appreciate txt because of the brevity and 
> prioritization it forces. If it doesn't matter, this second, don't 
> send it, sort of thing. Use another means (e-mail, blog, whatever).
>
> Thanks Andrew, Brent, Chris - sounds like twitter can be both ('SMS' 
> and 'MSMS'), whatever you want - chosen by who you follow.
>
> I take the point - iphone vs. computer.
>
> Since I don't have a data plan ...
>
> Chris Frey wrote, On 12/23/2009 6:12 PM:
>> On Wed, Dec 23, 2009 at 06:08:14PM -0500, Chris Frey wrote:
>>> Twitter is not for the verbose. 140 characters is sometimes dang tiny!
>>> But I managed with this email :-)
>>
>> Ok, that was a bit of a joke, so to expand on that.
>>
>> I think Brent was exactly right when he said twitter was for the 
>> post-email
>> generation.  I'm not (yet?) in that category.  I like me some long 
>> screeds
>> when the mood strikes.
>>
>> But there are times when short is sweet.  And some people in the Linux
>> world, such as Greg KH, are noted for how much they get done, and how
>> much they say, with how little they actually type.
>>
>> He points to this as his guide:
>>
>>     http://four.sentenc.es/
>
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