I thought I’d give a little update as to how I’ve been using Twitter and what I currently think to it given my initial Twitter scepticism for the service when I first started blogging over 18 months ago — how times have changed, how those archives can come back to haunt you! 😉
If you’ve been following Zath on Twitter for the past few weeks you’ll already know that I tend to go through days of several Twitter updates to some where I may only reply to other people’s Twitter — essentially using it as a chat or IM service. Either way, I’m finding that the Twitter community is a great one to be a part of and have found people answering questions that I’ve Twittered even though we may not have chatted before.
First of all I searched for a Twitter client to run on the desktop of my computer using Google, but I didn’t seem to get very far, so in the end I Twittered the question of which desktop Twitter client to use and Jamie Harrop was good enough to suggest Twirl, a really good suggestion from the Twitter community that I’ve been using ever since, it’s a great little application!
Having a mobile phone-based Twitter client wasn’t really an issue for me until Twitter stopped the ability to send/receive the Twitter messages (Tweets) by SMS text messaging — presumably it was costing them too much money for this service. Anyway, once that had stopped my mobile Twittering, I then searched around for a Windows Mobile Twitter client – that took a bit longer to find, but eventually I found that ceTwit had a pretty good reputation and installed that onto my HTC Tytn II mobile phone. Again I’ve found this to be a really useful Twitter client that adds value to the Twitter service and would definitely recommend it to other Windows Mobile users.
The one other thing I’ve done with Twitter to make it more useful and allow it to reach a different type of audience is to use the Twitter Facebook App which essentially transfers any general Tweets you make (it excludes replies you make to other Twitter users) and applies it to your Facebook status. This can be a great way of interacting and marketing to a different section of people who may use Facebook on a daily basis, but would be unlikely to use a service like Twitter.
I’ll do some separate more in-depth reviews of the aforementioned Twitter clients soon, but in the meantime if you haven’t already tried Twitter, I’d suggest signing up, having a play with, follow Simon Barker (Zath) on Twitter and see how this cool Web 2.0 service works out for you!