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Published Tuesday, February 24, 2009 6:00 AM by andyleonard

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AaronBertrand said:

I enjoy using twitter to broadcast announcements or blog posts, and as an avenue for venting about whatever is bugging me at the moment.  Sometimes the signal:noise is a bit high.  I've recently had to un-follow a few colleagues who felt it necessary to welcome every single follower with a public message, use some plug-in that tweets every time iTunes moves to the next song, or incessantly post things nobody cares about (like what they just pulled out of their ear, or how late the garbage truck is this week).  I'm sure I post things you or someone else doesn't care about, but when that becomes a habit, please tell me.

February 24, 2009 9:27 AM

andyleonard said:


  I had the same issues with Twitter when I first started using it. then I started using TweetDeck and learned some cool techniques - list organizing people into Groups. Some groups stay invisible most of the time. Some are visible all of the time. Managing it in this way works for me - it may not for you.

  I can't talk about work / life balance and then begrudge you for having a life.

:{> Andy

February 24, 2009 9:35 AM

Denis Gobo said:

Twitter is nice but Pownce was much nicer, if you posted a link to a flickr pic it would embed it, it would also embed Youtube, imageshack, zoomrr etc etc

Pownce also did threaded responses

unfortunately it doesn't exists anymore

that 140 char limit should be increased and the URL if pasted should not count towards it

February 24, 2009 9:43 AM

AaronBertrand said:

Denis, good point, I also think that if you reply to one or more the leading @ names should not count toward total.  Surely internally that identifier takes less bytes.  Tough to get it to mobile devices as SMS though and still make sense.

February 24, 2009 10:29 AM

Paul Nielsen said:

Twitter IS web 2.0, it is the buzz of the SQL community. Twitter is my primary source of news, announcements, what's happening, who's having a good day, waht problems folks are facing, great links,who's submitting abstracts where, who's singing up for whcih conference, great blog posts, and funny stories. If you're not on Twitter, you just don't know what you're missing.

Twitter today is what blogging was 3-5 years ago.

February 24, 2009 12:17 PM

Chuck Boyce said:

Twitter takes some getting used to.  There is a really good article I'd recommend to see twitter's long-term potential:

Although I couldn't use twitter the way I want without TweetDeck, you may want to start of with twhirl. twhirl is easier to use and adequate until you start to follow more than 25 people.

Like any network, the value of twitter increases at the twitter network grows. You will therefore make twitter stream better when you join.


February 24, 2009 4:14 PM

Alexander Kuznetsov said:

Looks like I'm sold on the idea. Where do I sign up ;)

February 24, 2009 5:17 PM

davepen said:

I fear Twitter is becoming the MySpace of it's kind.

If all you have to say is going to be via Twitter, I'm out.



March 2, 2009 8:12 PM

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