Why I think you should use Twitter

tweetThe first question people always ask when I say I use Twitter is, “What’s a twitter?”

Twitter is a “mini-blog” that requires updates of 140 words or less.  You can follow peoples updates (or tweets) and they can follow you.

The second question is always, “OK, but what’s the point?”

Here is why I think you should use Twitter:

  1. What is everyone’s favorite part of MySpace, Facebook, etc?  The friend updates. Twitter is just that.  It’s like getting to eat just the top of the muffin.
  2. You follow, you don’t friend. This means people can choose to keep up with you, but you’re not obligated to be their friend.  Let’s face it, some people we need all of their Facebook updates, but we don’t want to be that jerk that refused to be their friend either.
  3. It’s easy to update. You can update with your cell phone using a text message.  You can also use other handy services to connect with it (see below)
  4. It plays well with others. One big problem with most social natures is the closed wall issue.  It only works well and is useful within the service.  There are tons of apps that work with twitter.   (I read updates and send tweets via my iGoogle homepage)  The short nature of it makes it easy to share via RSS.   I easily tied my Twitter to  Facebook so that Twitter auto updates my Facebook status.
  5. Cool people use it. I don’t mean it will make you cool.  (Although it will) I mean tons of moves, shakers, and business use Twitter to offer out updates.   If you have a business or organization, people can follow you and keep up with the latest news without feeling bound to go to a blog or website.  More communication=better business.

I think you should give Twitter a try.  I initially signed up for Twitter and just didn’t get the big deal.  I gave it another shot and now I absolutly love it as a tool and for social networking.

If you go for it, the follow me.  Maybe I’ll follow you, too.

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President 2.0

So the news today is about how Obama will be upgrading the weekly radio address from the White House to

Old and Busted

a YouTube video.  Obama has made by far the best use of the Web 2.0 world in his campaign and I think the idea of moving this to the world of government is a great step forward.  Some have called it putting a face on the government.

I think the idea of making the White House seem more personal through these tools is great.  Why hasn’t anyone done this yet?

The government is way behind in the world of technology (except when it comes to military strength).

I believe Wired.com may have proposed something similar to this, but their needs

to be a Technology Czar of some sort that finds ways to connect government with todays tech methods AND keep abreast of where technology is moving to keep the US competetive.  It’s a well known fact that the US has some of the worst internet service and prices in the developed world.  It just ain’t right.

How do you think the government needs to step into this century of technololgy?

Bad Driving

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Its not a great photo, but I was driving behind this truck today and got freaked out when I thought the back door was sliding open.  Turns out it was a rotating advertisement.  Maybe I’m the only one, but I’ve not run into one of these before.  I’ve seen lots of driving billboards, just not one that changed.

Anyhow, I was so busy waiting for the thing to move that I don’t think I remember what  single advertisement  was.  Is this type of communication distracting-does it detract from the message?  Or is it just me and my ADD?

Are there any other ways we communicate that actually end up detracting from our message?

Gospelr?

Well, as if in response to yesterday’s post, today we have the new website Gospelr. This is a Christian Twitter of sorts, although it is not being billed as such.    It is a microblogging gospel tool according to the creators of the service.

I don’t want to be negative on what the creators are trying to do here.  They have a great mission and idea-I even like some of the features they have made part of their service.  But I can’t help but wonder if this is a ” should we just because we can” type of situation.

Does it just add to the christian ghetto?  Are we really going to reach lots of non-christian friends and unchurches through this website better than we could through Twitter itself?

I think most of the people I know would meet idea with a sigh and a rolling of the eyes.  “Just another Christian culture copycat.”

I really do hope that this site in some way advances the kingdom, and I admire the obviously large effort that went into creating it.  I just can’t help but question it’s appropriateness or necessity.

Am I being unfair?

Here’s what some other folk are saying

Here’s what Gospelr is saying about themselves

Also, does Gospelr sound like a Dutch word to anyone else?

Five

I’m implementing a new policy today to save myself and everyone else time. I heard about this from Los at Ragamuffin Soul.

From now on (except for in special circumstances) at the bottom of all of my emails you will find:

Q: Why is this email 5 sentences or less?
A: http://five.sentenc.es

Less noise & clutter. More simplicity.

Why Y?

After a long hiatus, I’m back.

Read a great blog today about the difference in Generation Y from previous generations:

Gen Y is taking over. The generation of young adults that’s composed of the children of Boomers, Generation Jones, and even some Gen X’ers, is the biggest generation since the Baby Boomers and three times the size of Gen X. As the Boomers fade into retirement and Gen Y takes root in the workplace, we’re going to see some big changes ahead, not just at work, but on the web as a whole.

How do we need to change our approach?  What are we succeeding at and what needs to change?

One thing that does encourage me.  Christianity is inherently about people connecting with people to connect them with God.  It’s personal.  Focusing on that aspect will attract this Generation.  It’s simple, but not easy.

Seth Godin on Communication

Totally digging today’s blog by Seth Godin:

What’s helpful is to realize that you have a choice when you communicate. You can design your products to be easy to use. You can write so your audience hears you. You can present in a place and in a way that guarantees that the people you want to listen will hear you. Most of all, you get to choose who will understand (and who won’t).

This is true in any form of communication whether it’s professional or at home with your spouse, kids, friends, etc.  We can always blame someone for not listening or not understanding, but are we taking the time to really communicate?