Of Chimeras, Tweets and Twittering
Jim Groom is now working with me at the University of Richmond. It’s his second day and we’ve already dreamed up enough projects to keep us in work for several years. It is great fun, incredibly geeky fun, but fun nevertheless.
Anyway . . . we were talking about the differences between various web publishing options and I mentioned that Twitter was a chimera in that it did several different types of web publishing very well. I’m clarifying that here in part because Jim encouraged a post and in part because I got to use an interesting picture of a chimera.
So, I’m still not solidly on the twitter bandwagon but we were comparing it to different things in terms of what it does and twitter did appear to have various body parts from other web options (not the whole of other options but recognizable chunks).
- Synchronous like IM – works pretty well, I wouldn’t want to hold hour long conversations this way but for short bursts it’s nice
- Asynchronous like, well, 900 other options – simple and to the point (like I wish I was more often)
The thing is twitter is, in many ways, both synchronous and asynchronous at the same time. That’s a neat trick.
- Micro Blogging – obvious
- Link Blogging – similar to micro yet different
- Live Blogging – you could do the Apple Keynote this way nicely and it’s perfect for conferences
The Long Community Tail
- Keeping in touch – really nice for busy folk, if you’re both on great, if you’re not great. It still works.
- Questions/Requests – Need a buddy for a Skype trial? a Mac based screen capture tool? Twitter does the job nicely for these quick questions.
There are probably more but it’s getting late and I figure you’ll fill me in using the comments or twitter (twoodwar).