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    By Derek | June 11, 2008


    I am now using a service called Twitter.

    What is Twitter?

    Twitter is a service for friends, family, and co-workers to communicate and stay connected through the exchange of quick, frequent answers to one simple question: What are you doing?

    Why? Because even basic updates are meaningful to family members, friends, or colleagues especially when they’re timely.

    With Twitter, you can stay hyper-connected to your friends and always know what they’re doing. Or, you can stop following them any time. You can even set quiet times on Twitter so you’re not interrupted.

    So, that’s the What, Why and How.

    To me, Twitter is basically a cross between a blog and IM (instant message).

    Let’s say that I “post” to my twitter account. If you are “following” me, you get the message. Everyone who follows me gets the same message.

    Messages are limited to 140 characters. This helps to encourage you to be both pithy and timely.

    I use Twitter primarily from my iPhone, with SMS. This way, the messages are all but guaranteed to get through. Be careful though, if you don’t have an unlimited text plan on your phone.

    There are, of course, Twitter clients for your computer… but if you were at your computer, you could just IM!

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