The twitter service is getting increasing buzz in higher ed, so I joined up this morning. Wikipedia describes twitter as a micro-blogging service, that allows its users to send and read other users’ updates, which are text-based posts of up to 140 characters in length. A user reports to the service as often as he likes, either by text message or through a website, and that short report is broadcast to all the users followers in the twitter network. The whole thing can be managed through a mobile phone.
Some say that twitter is a bona fide game changer.
Problem is, its a social networking system that is kinda dependent on having a social network. Once I created an account, the service combed through my email address book to see who was registered with twitter that I could link up with . The only persons it found were nephew Austen (natch), sis-in-law Louise, and several work acquaintances with whom I am not social. For me, this aint gonna happen.