I’m not sure why, but I’ve become hooked on Twitter. I find it to be interesting because I don’t get hooked on new social network-like sites very easily, but I’m stuck in here pretty good. Here’s some random thoughts that I’ve pulled together concerning my use of the site:
- I really enjoy the 140 character constraint. I feel as if I become more creative in my posts and choose my content more wisely. I’m intrigued by the concept of Microblogging as a whole – the result feeling completely different from normal blogging.
- Being able to update it from your cell phone, in a pinch, is absolutely key. This is a major differentiator from normal blogging.
- It took me a while to realize this but the major differentiator of Twitter, compared to just straight-up blogging, is that you have a feed reader integrated into your blogging engine. It’s such a smart and obvious concept, once you think about it. It definitely makes the cost of starting a Twitter competitor that much higher (since you have to build a network in order for it to become useful).
- I’ve often wondered if a distributed twitter would be possible – more decentralized like normal blogging. I think it would work, as long as your blogging engine was also a feed reader (actively pulling in your friends content).
It’s horribly buggy and incomplete (at this point, it’s nothing more than a crippled blogging engine – no networking or mobile aspects) but someday I hope to wrap it up and release it, open source, for all to consume. The Ajaxy bits are pretty slick (one-page login, logout, posting, etc.) – I hope to put some more effort into them at some point. It’s in PHP 4 (compatible with 5, as well) and has no dependencies – so it should be stupid simple to deploy to the server of your choice. If anyone is interested in hacking on the code, please let me know, I’d appreciate that as well.