Twitter Chatter and Web Workers


As the fan wiki describes it, “Twitter is a way of life. It’s living with a publicity policy. It’s friends, Romans and countrypeople the world over engaged in timely snippet conversations that fit into 145 character chunks.” It’s a great way to organize spontaneous crowds, vent to your friends or just trade insider nerd humor. Yesterday, Twitter’s Biz Stone sent out an email with a number of updates regarding our favorite mobile group-messaging service (sorry, Dodgeball).

First off, AIM joins RSS, SMS, Jabber and Livejournal as methods of either sending and receiving updates from your friends. The API has allowed users to create their own Twitter widgets, like Twidget for Mac OS X. And after being something of a toy just for hardcore Web 2.0 geeks this summer and fall, the service is now beginning to gather steam, with the user base beginning to grow exponentially, doubling last month.

So if you haven’t played around with short-messaging a friends list from almost any device, give it a whirl. If you have, let us know what you love and hate about the service in the comments. We are thinking about ways to implement Twitter into our web work lives – perhaps using it as a way to create a private network and staying connected. Any thoughts?



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Kenneth Udut
Bringing Web2.0 to the Web1.0 world!

Student Outings

We have a need to keep a large number of parents appraised of ETA for picking up their students after week or weekend outings….

The evolution of this from years past to now has gone as follows:

>call from the road with update – parent phone tree spreads updated ETA

next generation…

>one parent takes on the duty of Communications Coord., takes the call from the road, and posts to a forum on our website.

Sometimes this requires the Coordinator to “hang around home”.

What we need is to be able to take care of this on our own from the field. Carrying a laptop isn’t likely. Emailing from a Blkbry or similar would be nice if we knew a way to have that email posted somewhere that people could read it as a thread of timely messages.

BUT, if folks could go to our website and see an RSS that’s fed by limited access txt msging from a trip coordinator (in the field) that would be the best of all. That means no one has to stay “on duty” to take calls from the field.

We haven’t tried twittin yet… but from a quick glance it seems like the above solution is fully possible.



I work for a small business (4 of us) that’s scattered around the world (London, Amsterdam, New York, Sydney). Twitter seems to be the perfect thing for the low-level, keep-in-touch, who’s-awake-who-isn’t, who’s-in-a-good/bad-mood type messages. Not the main channel of communication, but the side channel that normally happens in an office through gossip and body language.

Jason Coleman

I haven’t used Twitter yet, but I’ll say this about “time wasters”. They are not to be ignored. I find having very *efficient time wasters* helps me waste less time.

That might not make sense, but think about it for a bit. Not too long though; you need to get some work done.

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