Tuesday, 3 February 2009

Follow me on Twitter

A year or two ago I set up a couple of Twitter accounts to see whether they're all that they're cracked up to be. They came in useful when the southern elections arrived as the ever-excellent Politics.ie used the service to post news snippets, which were subsequently sent to my mobile phone.

However, since then Twitter has cut the text service to UK mobiles, meaning that you have to check out the Twitter website (or use something along the lines of TwitterFox) to see what the people you are following are saying. Notwithstanding this massive flaw in their service, UK sign-ups to Twitter have exploded in the past year. According to TechCrunch:

UK Internet traffic to Twitter has increased 10-fold over past last 12 months, according to research house Hitwise. For the week ending January 17 2009 Twitter ranked as the 291st most visited site in the UK, up from a ranking of 2,953 for the week ending January 19 2008. UK Internet traffic to the site has increased by a staggering 974% over this period, but that does not even count traffic via third party applications like Tweetdeck or the mobile web. Time spent on the site has trebled and Twitter’s penetration per head is now even deeper in the UK than in the US.

Given that I can update this blog using SMS, Twitter seems a bit pointless, save to post simple one-liners (yes I know Twitter is supposed to serve a different purpose, but it seems terribly egotistical to post things like 'Walking to the shop'. Nonetheless, I've decided to give Twitter a second chance, if only to post stuff that doesn't warrant a blog post in itself.

If you want to follow me, you can do so at www.twitter.com/gazmckeown. If it's pointless, let me know.

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