I finally caved in and signed up to Twitter.
There are a number of factors at play here. Andy Piper and I have been talking about Twitter for weeks now, and he folded earlier today too. James Governor was using it last night, and and Jeff Barr was not only part of that discussion (and virtually involved in last night’s social event via Twitter) but also wrote eloquently about Twitter recently. Really though, blame Euan Semple, who is presenting with me at The Other Web 2.0 Conference in London this week. Yes, those of us not swanning around FOWA are getting the real work done over at STFBUW2ATNPC. Umm.. you know, not the official acronym or anything.
Anyway, Twitter is already fun. I see potential. Others do too, with discussion and ideas raging about everything from how Twitter could be used as a productivity tool to why you shouldn’t use it to manage your todo list, as well as the possibilities of Twitter being polluted by advertising or hijacked as a medium for fiction and ARGs (‘twitterjacking’).
Sadly, all of this interest in Twitter seems to be melting their tubes. I was Twittering away happily when I got home, only to find repeated timeouts later this evening. Quick, someone buy them and host them on something beefy.
Incidentally, all of this interest in Twitter means that Odeo (the other site from Evan Williams the other lovely people at Obvious, and the recently neglected runt of the litter) is actually now up for sale. Quick. Someone buy that so Twitter gets a much needed cash injection. :-)