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Why use Twitter?

Oct - 19 - 2008
Nicole C. Engard

I started using Twitter at a conference because I figured out how to get updates via IM. I use Adium and with this one tool I can log into my work Gtalk, personal Gtalk, AIM, Yahoo, Facebook and Meebo Rooms – why would I use anything else? Since Twitter crashed a few months ago IM has been down – but they’ve said it was coming back – now it has been disabled and is not coming back (or at least not any time soon). This is aggravating because it means I need to install another tool to Twitter or use the web interface – which makes me ask – why Twitter?

I’d love to say I’m going to stop using Twitter, but then I’d feel like I was missing out on something. So many of my online friends and colleagues are using Twitter and it’s a good way to get quick updates from them. I don’t have an answer really – I’m just ranting because these services get you hooked and then take away features :(

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8 Responses so far.

  1. mlibrarianus says:

    I feel your pain. When everyone moved over to Friendfeed I swore I would I’d weather the storm which was going on at Twitter. Although I love Friendfeed more than I did when I was high on Twitter I haven’t left Twitter. I like you still have friends on Twitter who aren’t on Friendfeed or they post to Twitter more and if I respond on Friendfeed they don’t see my response. So for now I will use both.

  2. Nicole says:

    Even Friendfeed isn’t a good alternative – I can’t read that via IM either :(

  3. GBK Gwyneth says:

    I read twitter via my iGoogle — very convenient!

  4. Nicole says:

    Hmmm – I read Friendfeed that way – I guess I could Twitter too – but it’s still not the same as IM :(

  5. Owen says:

    Someone kick the guys over at Digsby and make ‘em come out with a Mac version.

  6. Nicole says:

    Owen, why? Do they have the ability to send to and read from Twitter & Friendfeed?

  7. Diana says:

    I know what you mean. I got annoyed with Twitter but can’t stop because I’m worried I will miss out. Sigh…

  8. [...] know I have talked about Twitter’s lack of IM support a lot lately, but this may be the end of my ranting. Today I read that FriendFeed has IM [...]


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