I had some issues early on with Twitter
. That was from 2006. My first “official” twittering was from May 2008. Initially, my issues with Twitter were the “me to you” nature of it. And like I mentioned in the 2006 post, I had plenty of ways of doing that already.
But its finally clicking with me. Twitter is an excellent “you to me” service. And the reasons why? The enforced brevity of each message and the simple controls for following/not following. Simple. Twitter wins over the traditional vendor email update subscription hands down.
Here are a few of my favorites.
amazonmp3 describes itself as “DRM-free Music Downloads from Amazon. Tweets on our Daily Deal and Friday 5.” Which means you get a tweet everyday that looks something like this:
8/20 Daily Deal: Smile by Brian Wilson. Everyday low price $9.99, today’s price $3.99. http://snurl.com/34×4m
All you have to do is click the url and buy.
99rental‘s bio is “Keeping you up-to-date on the weekly 99 cent movie rental on iTunes.” With a typical tweet looking like:
99¢ Movie: El Mariachi http://tinyurl.com/68b4h8
Again, simple, to the point, easy to act on.
Lastly, timoreilly is my personal Twitter aggregator. He “retweets” pertinent, useful and informative tweets from other folks using Twitter. A recent tweet:
Retweet @allennoren: A round-up of books about Darfur. If you don’t have time to read them, but want to know, read http://tinyurl.com/5zxp4z
Always fascinating how a service evolves. A lot can happen in two years. I’m not a prolific Twitter user by any means but I’m definitely benefiting from it.