Twitter Goes LIVE! And Why It’s a Big Deal
The little app that could has finally grown up. No matter what you may think of Twitter there’s no denying it is a phenomena. Twitter is on Letterman, celebrities are using it and even Microsoft got into a bidding war with Google over it. Everybody wants a piece of Twitter (except of course Miley Cyrus, but I digress…)
Twitter’s Law of Attraction:
People love Twitter because it is an extremely easy application to use that lends itself well to mobility. With its 140 character limitation nobody is expected to write a thesis on Twitter. It has attracted millions of users who just want a simple messaging service that they can take with their cell phone and keep in touch.
Of course it’s usefulness has grown far beyond but we shall save that for another post.
The Problem with Twitter:
Twitter wasn’t without its detractors and BLOGBloke led the pack. When Twitter was first introduced as a “micro-blogging” service I was one of its most outspoken critics.
Only 140 characters! Are you kidding? How on earth can we say anything meaningful in just a few words .. (I bellowed).
Twitter Ups Its Game:
Why? Well it’s simple really. We can now have truly live conversations … that’s why.
Twitter puts a notice at the top of your page with a message that you have an @reply waiting for you without having to refresh/reload the page.
How cool is that? Just click it and the message instantly appears. It even puts a number in Twitter’s browser tab (that is how I first noticed it) to let you know there are messages waiting.
It Gets Even Better:
Neither is the 140 character limitation as much an issue now because we can actually follow the conversation and stay on topic. No more messages like:
“Um … what was that you said earlier? I don’t follow…”
We don’t have to fill in the blanks so the other party knows what the heck we’re talking about because there’s no longer a time-lag between replies. (Thanks also to Twitter’s terrific “in reply to ..” feature).
Twitter as a Real-Time Conversation Tool:
In fact I would argue that Twitter is more like a live conversation than a pontificating speech like blog posts can be. Instant social chat for the masses where anybody can jump into the conversation.
What makes this even more exciting for me is once and for all Twitter differentiates itself from real blogging. What I mean by that is time and again Twitter has been errantly described as a “micro-blogging” service.
With it’s latest incarnation Twitter has now become a full-blown, LIVE Conversation Tool! Twitter finally works like it’s supposed to and as I had envisioned it could be.
Although it still has some catching up to FriendFeed’s ability to follow a conversation (which is more like real blogging comments) Twitter has finally come into its own.
Twitter meshes well as a companion add-on feature for blogs like I have in my sidebar. (I would still like more than 140 characters but since it’s built on SMS technology that is probably not going to happen).
Going LIVE with Twitter:
Lately everything that we read about Web 2.0 is how it is going LIVE but I prefer to think of it as more of a convenience. The less clicks the better as far as I’m concerned, and with Twitter’s tweet notifications feature we now get instant gratification. There’s no more need for 3rd party apps or checking our email later.
You have to admit that is way cool and for the first time I’m actually getting excited about Twitter. So in honor of this momentous occasion I even upgraded my Twitter page. (What do you think)?
Twitter’s tweet notification should be available to everyone shortly and it is rolling out it’s retweet feature as I speak.
Way to go guys!
All in all I’m pleased with the direction that Twitter is heading. How about you? Tweet, tweet…