Okay now i have to admit, i was kind of wanting to not release yet another blog post about twitter into the void of bits and bytes which make up the Internet, Twitter or a twitter related site or app seems to be mentioned daily on TechCrunch, and well its just over publicised. Of course part of it is the programmer in me screaming… ITS SO FREAKIN’ SIMPLE!!!!!!! in reality almost any reasonable web developer can create a basic form of twitter with a click of their fingers.
Before i go off on a huge discussion (yes a discussion with myself) just a brief overview of what twitter actually is…
It’s a service which allows you to update whatever you’re doing, whenever you’re doing it.
[ Quote lovingly borrowed from a friend -> http://gd-comic.com ]
I think the main cause of the huge success of twitter is the extremally easy to use APIs which enable developers to create apps, sites, gadgets and well ANYTHING which can do anything on twitter, which has lead to the explosion of websites which all use twitter.
Personally I use a twitter sidebar gadget for vista, which is okay, but sucks quite a bit from a user friendly point of view and well it does my head in sometimes, which is why i started to redevelop it, and will hopefully end up with my own version. which i will of course release if its any good.
I think that twitter is a great service and would hate to see the day when google or Microsoft realise this and decide to buy it for an unbelievable amount of money. While generally I’m not a google basher, we need more standalone things like this keeps the Internet special 🙂
As you might have guessed, I’m a twitter user and some days it seems to be all i do, which is strange as usually i do something and then tweet about it…
So stalk me – http://twitter.com/dansgalaxy