More proof that your humble blogger has his blind spots.
Almost two years ago I ridiculed Twitter as an inexplicable time-waster for egotists and bores, and now, doggone if members of Congress and the Obama administration aren’t hooked on Twitter, proving–wait, maybe I was right–that it’s an inexplicable time-waster for egotists and bores. (No, I haven’t actually Twittered, er, Tweeted yet, but doesn’t this set up a nice sequel down the road?)
Whatever I thought of it back then, Twitter is definitely catching on. If you’re still blanking on it, here’s a quick primer from the always useful Wordspy:
Twitter, that microblogging tool that caught on with teens and twentysomethings using it to tell loyal followers what they’re doing at any given time — in 140 characters or less — is now becoming part of the business strategy for a wide range of brands, from Skittles to Fairfax County. …
Shashi Bellamkonda, Network Solutions’ social media swami (yes, that’s his real title), organized the tutorial, attended by about 30 people. He’s a more prolific Twitterer than most, posting anywhere from five to 15 tweets per day about anything from his daily routine to the news. Big companies such as Dell are active in the Twitterverse addressing customer service issues, he said.
—Kim Hart, “Firms Take to The Tweetable Business Model,” The Washington Post, March 9, 2009
He was tweeting images of the accident via third-party Twitter photo sharing software while passengers were still being evacuated, providing many of the first images to the world before most media outlets got there.
—Samantha Amjadali, “Tracking the twitterati,” Sunday Herald Sun, March 1, 2009