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Ektoplazm on Twitter

Blog | March 30, 2009 | Updated: June 27, 2012 | Posted by Basilisk

I am presently experimenting with Twitter, the most talked about social networking application since Facebook. Twitter is a micro-blogging platform that allows you to write short (140 character) updates that are beamed out to “followers,” entities that have chosen to track your activity. If you’re interested, click here to follow me on Twitter (or check out my mindstream, still under development).

With that preamble out of the way, I admit that I remain somewhat apprehensive of Twitter. Does it add real value to your online experience? Some people are crazy about it but others are sure to find it completely useless. I am somewhere in the middle of these two extremes. I see how it can be of service to some people–particularly the tech-savvy crowd–but what about everyone else? Forget the hype; Twitter is not a universal social necessity. It will, however, improve your ability to articulate yourself in telegraphic sentences.

Misgivings aside, Twitter has a number of things going for it. Take the streamlined interface, for instance. Much like the Google homepage, Twitter is unencumbered by the kind of flashy widgets and annoying gizmos that plague MySpace and Facebook. Still, it can be difficult to figure out just what to do with it once you’ve signed up. This is more a matter of learning the social conventions than sorting out the technical underpinnings. For that reason, if you are keen on opening an account I would suggest reading an introductory guide to familiarize yourself with the site.