The more observant amongst you may have noticed the Twitter Updates thingy on the right hand side of the web page.

Yes, I’m dabbling in micro-blogging. I’m not totally convinced it’s worth the trouble, but having seen examples where it’s shown its uses, I thought I’d give it a go, particularly when I found the Twitter Tools plug-in for WordPress, which can show my Twitter updates here.

(I also experimented with relaying updates onto Facebook, which I’ve also dabbled with. Then I found Facebook specifically prohibits this kind of thing… Oh well. See the details. They can keep their fancy-schmanzy walled garden.)

It’s handy in that you can post a brief update from virtually anywhere; via IM, web, or from a mobile phone (though the latter costs me 50 cents a pop in international SMS fees). So like they say, it’s handy for brief — but hopefully mildly interesting — stuff that happens through the day that wouldn’t be worthy of a full blog post.

So I’ll give it a go, and see if it inspires. And if it quietly disappears again, you’ll know it didn’t.

By Daniel Bowen

Transport blogger / campaigner and spokesperson for the Public Transport Users Association / professional geek.
Bunurong land, Melbourne, Australia.
Opinions on this blog are all mine.

3 replies on “Micro-blogging”

I think the first syllable of “Twitter” sums it up.
PS I confess to have no idea what you’re talking about!

Twitter is less “twit”, and more “tweet/chirp” – Short/small updates, more frequently. (hence the bird logo/icon for Twitter)

That’s not to say there’s no twits using Twitter, but, well.. :)

I’ve been following a journo for on Twitter as he’s been going to all the APEC stuff. It’s an interesting less filtered view on what’s going on.

It’s also great for when you’re at an event and want to communicate with a group of friends who arn’t with you right then.
It’s great for organising lunch and meeting up with others without calling/emailing everyone all the time too.

Twitter is like a public IM conversation, if you haven’t tried it, join up at, add about 50 people and watch the conversation unfold, if it’s too quiet, add more people.

It’s like your own subscription-based pub, with only people you like invited and you can drop in any time.

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