Tuesday, 20 March 2007

Too Much Twitter

TwitterOver the past week or so there has been a lot of chatter about Twitter, so much so that today it went down for a while. Presumably it was a victim of its own exploding popularity.

Just in case you haven't heard, Twitter is a social networking service that lets members tell each other what they are doing and thinking at any given moment in time. It allows users to send messages via phone, instant messaging or on the Twitter website. As Wikipedia states "Fans say they are a good way to keep in touch with busy friends. But some users are starting to feel "too" connected, as they grapple with check-in messages at odd hours, higher cellphone bills and the need to tell acquaintances to stop announcing what they're having for dinner."

For a visual Twitter feast, also check out Twittervision by David Troy, which uses Google Maps to display what Twitter users are up to and where they're Twittering from. It's kind of like watching whispers coming from all over the world.

There is also now a new site called Twitterholic (and Twittering is quite addictive), so you can see who the most popular Twitters are. Twittersearch speaks for itself.

There are already some who are predicting Twitter's "flame-out" by the end of the 2007, but for now, it holds the number 1 search spot on Technorati and is obviously growing very quickly.

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