What is Twitter?

Twitter birdy with signScripting News: "In a way, as a user of Twitter, I have the same business model as the investors in Twitter. I don't know what it is, but I have a feeling there's something here. I look at it this way, if you tried to tell me what we're doing on Twitter has nothing to do with what we'll be doing with networks in the future, I'd be 100 percent sure you were wrong. There's something here. The challenge is to figure out what it is." - Look at Twitter, now look at Facebook. A while back I said I didn't get Facebook, but a wise man informed me it was a way for non-techies to have a presence on the web. He was right. If you take this weblog, combine it with Twitter, Friendfeed, Flickr, and possibly some others you get something like Facebook, only as the author you have complete control over the "dashboard" to your life, the weblog portion.

The weblogging community is a loose community, Twitter is only slightly tighter knit, and Facebook is the tightest knit. Twitter and Facebook integrate search which makes it seem easier to locate people you might share interest with. I know I've mentioned things on my Twitter feed, like "I'm having a Firestone DBA, while BBQ'ing" and the next morning I have two new followers, one with interest in beer and one with interest in BBQ.

How long will it be before we have a Twitter like service that's embedded into your weblog that federates our loosely coupled community? Maybe Twitter could fill, or is filling, that need.

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