Back in May 2008 I wrote a short note about me trying out Twitter. At the time I just wanted to know more about what Twitter actually was as I heard about time and again on podcasts, blogs, everywhere really.
Interestingly whenever people talked about Twitter it was due to the service being down but still I felt compelled to take it out for a spin.
Twitter of course is the service which enables you to post little notices about what you’re currently doing which doesn’t sound all that useful until you actually sit down and think about it. In reality it turns out that there are numerous applications for a service like that. The notices are limited to only 140 characters which means that you have to be really short and sweet in the stuff you send to the service.
Fast forward to January 2009 with the experiment done and my conclusion is in: Twitter is indeed a service worth paying attention to. Read on to find out why.
Now what prompted this post is a question I got from Brian Rasmussen when I suggested that he take a look at it. Basically he asked why he should use Twitter, a question I didn’t quite know how the answer with anything but, “it’s cool”. Since that time I’ve been wondering what makes Twitter worth my while and yours as well, dear reader.
Twitter is a lot of things to a lot of people. The value to me and our little community in particular lies in tying together everybody in a more coherent way than what is possible today. To me at least Twitter is a place where I get to keep in touch with a number of the Danish .NET developers in a far more personal way than what is possible at DotNetForum, ActiveDeveloper, etc. because the service is geared for throwing stuff out there without thinking too much about it.
Why do I call it the back channel of our community? Due to the nature of the messages you stick on Twitter it quickly becomes just little notices about what’s going on right now. For example Mads used it to get an idea of which IoC framework to go with, I recently got a Mac and had no clue where to start so I elicited suggestions for apps to use, Niels uses it for communicating with the Umbraco team from time to time, recently Jesper wanted to know what to include in his ASP.NET MVC presentation coming up in ONUG in January, and Rasmus had a memory leak which he needed some input for fixing.
Basically what you get is an inside look in the process leading up to a blog post, presentation, the solution to a giving issue, or whatever; something you don’t really get from reading the final product and often times much more interesting.
I would encourage you to go create an account with Twitter and follow a bunch a people from the Danish .NET community. Morten from DotNetForum was even kind enough to create a wiki with the Twitter names of a bunch of the Danish .NET guys which you can use as a starting point. You can follow me using my Twitter name publicvoid_dk.
Of course there are a number of people which I’d like to see get Twitter accounts like Brian Rasmussen, Søren Skovsbøll, Mark Seemann, Kasper Bo Larsen, and Martin Bakkegaard Olesen,
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