I love new web technology and Twitter is no exception. I remember the first time I heard of it, Muse held a poll to see what the fan’s favourite social networking sites were. Of the thousands of people that voted Twitter got 2 votes. In true Muse fashion they decided to go for Twitter anyway so I found the scene fairly early on. In those days it was pretty quiet, the best feature being that it would text you the updates for free. It wasn’t until celebrities started getting accounts that things really took off. Stephen Fry seems to have single handedly created a multimillion dollar company with his ramblings. Props have to go to the twitter team though for the features which were really the driving force behind Twitter’s rise. There’s no denying that the celebrities were a massive help, but I feel that it’s Twitter’s sharing mechanisms that are really it’s crowning jewel. ReTweetng, tagging and trending along with Twitter’s ability to connect to other websites and aggregate feeds are where Twitter really excels leaving giants like Facebook lagging behind. Twitter is now an integral cog in the viral machine and from humble beginnings is changing the face of the internet.
PS, thanks the the wonders of ‘web 2.0′ (I hate that phrase) when i post this blog it will then be tweeted onto my twitter account. Then those who have their mobile set up will get texted with my tweet. They could then read and reply no matter if they are on the bus or on the toilet. Theoretically i could have posted this blog from my mobile if I had a half decent one (I don’t). Not only that, if i had an iPhone I could take a picture and tweet it, the tweet would automatically take the exif location data from the photo and display a map of where I am. We truly live in exciting/scary times.