« The unripened word | Main | Tim writes a book » April 28, 2009 The biggest crowd on the web today is the one streaming through Twitter's entryway. Rough Type: Nicholas Carr's Blog: The fickle Twitterer
Finding Utility in the Jumble of Tweeted Thoughts
Commuter Feed Uses Twitter for Localized Traffic Reports - ReadW Twitter was originally designed as an app that would allow people to share information about what they were doing within a distributed group setting. It's something akin to a collection of automatically forming email discussion lists (except not via email). The benefit of this is that people can receive and send information within a group very quickly. That's why Twitter has become such an important source of breaking news, and it's also why helpful consumer information apps like Commuter Feed are possible. Last month, we talked about why Twitter is evolving into a great platform for the dissemination of breaking news stories. Twitter is fast, it's open, it is distributed, and it works in both directions (it's read/write).
Member of the Twittering classes | Technology You might not consider Labour deputy leadership contender Alan Johnson the most likely person to embrace the latest social networking trend. But according to his campaign team, Johnson is not only the first UK politician to be sending out Twitter updates, he was nearly the first in the world. "I had the idea for Alan to use Twitter back at the start of January, long before John Edwards started to use it for his [US] presidential bid," says Stuart Bruce, Johnson's head of PR. "Unfortunately, he started before we were ready." So how does Johnson fit in among the 8m "tweets" (short Twitter messages) sent worldwide so far? At the time of writing, twitter.com/johnson4deputy reports the last time he update he was "Heading off to Leeds after a really successful campaign launch. 65 PLP [Parliamentary Labour Party] supporters already declared ..."
When you think of Twitter, you probably think of a microblogging tool that helps you connect with friends across the world. But not every Tweeter uses their account just to chat back and forth with their online friends. Some have come up with truly creative ways to use their account. 10 Examples of Creative Twitter Uses | Houston Search Engine Mar
Twingly Launches Microblogging Search Engine
Twitter and Yammer Test Dot-Com Business Models
Is the Enterprise Ready for Microblogging Tools Like Twitter? - By Aaron Strout and Joe Cascio Although experts in the social media space have been talking about how businesses might adopt microblogging tools like Twitter and Plurk, only recently have we started to see a series of new vendors cropping up in the enterprise microblogging space. This has been due in part to businesses needing to figure out how Twitter can benefit the enterprise.
Yammer: A 'Twitter for the enterprise' | Webware : Coo (Credit: Yammer) I recently covered Socialcast, a "Friendfeed for business," and liked it a lot. It takes emerging social interaction models that people are just now getting accustomed to and adapts them for business. Here at TechCrunch50, the idea is also in evidence with Yammer, more of a "Twitter for business" than Socialcast, since it doesn't seem to be able to pull in external feeds the same way.