Anyone on Twitter?

I have set up a Twitter account.

Twitter is an odd but fun little web service that allows you to write short 140 character messages. these messages are syndicated so that if you "follow" someone, you'll see their messages either when you log in to or you can have the messages sent via email or to a mobile device. 

I'm not at all sure how much or how often I'll use it, but I thought it would be fun to play with, especially if some of you all are out there twittering, too. :) 

My Twitter account is: 


I use Jaiku in preference to Twitter. Not sure that the two have any interface to share feeds ?

We don't stop playing games when we get old...... We get old when we stop playing games


I have resisted Twitter/Jaiku for quite some time but I can see the potential of them in two respects now.

1. at any sort of event, conference, convention you could send out a twitter and organize a group of "friends" on the fly in no time at all.

2. (and admittedly this part can be creepy or interesting) You get little windows into people's personalities and daily life by seeing what they are twittering on about. Most often, these things might not be topics you'd think of or even want to bring up in conversation but yet they give you a different way of getting to know a person. Is this knowledge deep and meaningful? Well, most likely, not. But it can create a weird kind of connection between far flung people.

I think you have to hiut a critical mass with either of the above. You need enough people following and followed to really reap the rewards. NOt sure I'll get there, but what the heck!

I've heard people talk about there being a zen-like quality to gviing yourself over to this stream of strange information and seeing what bubbles up. I like the concept, but the jury's still out on that one for me.


LOL - so I am not growing old gracefully :-)

Actually, I have a lot of sympathy with your view on information overload and the new technologies do seem to keep coming that just make it worse. Never have so many connected people become so disconnected.

At the same time, there's a lot of benefits to be had. I don't have much of a local gaming community but technology has allowed me to tap in and become part of a wider virtual land where I can meet like minded people.

Is Twitter and Jaiku a step too far ? Probably.
But it's in my nature to poke around with this stuff and see if I can find anything there that I can use.
Frankly, Jaiku has been a bit of a disappointment to me but that is related to Stephen's observation around it only really working if you can get a critical mass.

I've recently joined Facebook and it seems to be yet another channel where I can do very similar things in a slightly different way - but I see some good potential for hooking up with friends far and wide who seem reluctant to post on my blog [or pick up the phone] :-)

Most of this stuff is indeed for the beautiful young things with too much time on their hands and a criminal lack of desire to sit down with real people and interact over a boardgame.
However, as a self confessed grumpy old man, I am more than happy to try the stuff out and see if I can bend it to my will.

We don't stop playing games when we get old...... We get old when we stop playing games


I use both twitter and pownce.

You can find me as rkalajian in both places.