Kyle Maxwell

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Initial thoughts on Twitter

So I’ve started using Twitter a bit more recently. It’s had a few uses thus far: keeping in touch with family members, particularly those that live far away. I’m starting to have a few more “geek” conversations as well. In terms of immediacy or maybe synchronicity, it lives somewhere between email and IM. It’s sort of like SMS for the web (although it can work just fine with SMS as well).

ReadWriteWeb had an article about using Twitter for self-promotion. The only things I really thought were useful out of it were the ideas to synchronize your avatars and maybe have all your various social network profiles include links to one another. Frankly, I can’t stand it when folks seed a thousand places with links to their most recent post. Maybe it does drive traffic, I don’t know. But if what you have to say really is interesting, people will pick up on it, comment on it, and over time your reputation will grow.

There have been some recent availability issues, evidently due to scaling as well as spam. A lot of Web 2.0 sites seem to really struggle with this, and I’m not sure if it’s because of poor architecture at the beginning, the fact that this area is still fairly cutting-edge, or just that traffic increases so much faster than their ability to add back-end resources.

They do seem to have some level of data filtering, as at least backslashes have some trouble. But I haven’t spent any time yet understanding the parameters there or what work has been done in this area. It just seems to me that this is a pretty useful attack vector given how many different ways there are to send out tweets to so many different people.

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