Twitter: The next BIG thing?

From the creator of Blogger, comes a new web craze called Twitter…possibly the next BIG thing on Internet.

“Twitter what” you say? Its best you read on.

Simply put, Twitter is a service based on the premise of users answering one question, “what are you doing?”.

You post your answer to that question via the web, instant messaging or SMS, and it reaches your friends via any of those platforms, depending on how they choose to set it up.

For me its more like “away status messages” taken to a whole new level because it satisfies my need to update friends or followers on where I am, what I’m doing, or how I’m feeling.

But user’s don’t need to strictly stay within that framework. Most in fact post random thoughts or quotes, it doesn’t really matter. That’s the beauty of it.

Some may think it can be quite senseless and a waste of time. Still, I believe that Twitter is slowly reshaping the way people are communicating on the web.

Take this conversation for example

Cyberprince: Moved to Bonifacio High St. Рthe only place Sushi can run up to 100kph & home to a quaint Figaro caf̩.

PurpleGurl: @cyberprince: You’re out late? oh i forget you start at noon too… how’s ur gums?

Cyberprince: @purplegurl: Just chillin. love it here more-so when mac & nike shops open. Need to unwind before work gets crazy soon.

Despite the knowledge that your entire followers list has access to your updates, people like me are starting to use it like they would on any IM client, oblivious that everyone else is listening in. I don’t mind. At least now, more than ever, we keep in touch. Prior to her signing up, Purplegurl and I rarely communicated.

Now going back to my point on away messages, over the last year my friends and I have be feeding off each other’s Gmail status messages, which we’d update at least 10 times daily. So even though we live in Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines, it seems like I’m in Quezon City and they’re just in Ortigas and Makati. When time came to see each other in person, it was like we never lost touch.

The same thing goes for Twitter, I’ve set it up in such a way that I get updates directly on my mobile phone and now receive hundreds of updates a day. Truth be told, knowing that purplegurl woke up at 5am, was out smoking at 3pm, and had a headache somewhere in between are really trivial matters that I could live without, but it makes me feel she’s just next door. And that gives me a fuzzy feeling all over knowing that I have my friends nearby.

Built entirely on Ruby on Rails, Twitter is indeed a tribute to Web 2.0 and gives us clues on the direction that social communication could take.

I’ve already set my updates to public – meaning anyone who wants to can now be a follower can follow. But you can keep yours private if you want to. For more a step-by-step guide on how to setup a Twitter account you can check out my tutorial here.

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About the PTB Guest Blogger

Michael Josh, is a guest blogger only this week on Pinoy Tech Blog. He is a broadcast journalist, tech blogger and new media producer. His video podcast H.I.T. was one the first in Asia and has been featured on the iTunes Music store. His regular articles can be found at Cyberprince Chronicles.

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  • Twitter should get a direct SMS connection to the local telcos. Twitter Philippines!

  • I agree. That way we can all Tweet to our hearts content.

  • Hahaha yes, I will twit to my heart’s content. Thanks for sharing. 😀

  • aliaslibby

    ^Is it true that you can already send Twitter updates through Smart (to a Smart number)? Instead of send it thru Twitter’s international number. I like Twitter, but it’s kinda costly if u send updates thru ur phone…

  • btoo

    I wish twitter will be available in phone. If it can just be P1.00 per update, then it will be good for all users

  • some helpful on twitter for Filipinos at PinoyTwitterS.com where Filipinos get twitter-connected

  • a local SMS connection has been made like TWIT2948 however lately there has been some issues with our local telcos being so selfish, hehe

    hope you can find our site interesting at PinoyTwitterS.com where Filipinos get twitter-connected

  • do we have a new “send to” number now? It’s kind of costly to keep updating via twitter’s number…

  • Anna

    im using twitter with no pinoy friends.

  • if supported by smart or globe with unlimited service twitter is the next big thing this 2010

  • Riza

    So how are you charged for the twitter account ? Do you use the mobile to twit ?

  • I remember my first on twitter. I speak out. Then someone replied: “IF YOU DON’T WANT TO BE TERMINATED DON’T COMPLAIN”.
    I had been very doubtful of who replied to me. Someone had been trying best to mess up with me since 1987, as young as 6 YEARS OLD.
    As far as I am concerned I didn’t say anything non-sense. I use my head. I open my mouth I hope, always intelligently.
    I twit about something I learned by studies, for 14 years of hard patience and work and wait. Being on the side of the Academe and honing Leadership..on fellow colleague.
    Along the way I encountered “molar-sized” obstacles. Now, I say “IT WAS NOT WORTH IT”. I hope to establish my self and find peace of mind and in life, somewhere I can be successful, and grow and practise my faith.

    Grace D. Gigante
    AB Communication Arts 2003
    Student and Council Officer
    Novaliches, Quezon City, Philippines