[LINK] USDAFoodSafety is using Twitter.
stil at stilgherrian.com
Tue Mar 31 13:21:06 EST 2009
On 30/03/2009, at 4:34 PM, Tom Worthington wrote:
> What I find curious is that technologies like Twitter and SMS are
> relatively primitive, taking us back to the days of short text-only
> messages, with no fonts, images, audio or video. [snip]
I do reckon that one reason for Twitter's rapid adoption is that
simplicity. No lengthy composition and fonts and smileys and other
overhead. Just type a few words and hit "Send".
Bit that said, it's not JUST the message itself but also the
environment -- the matrix switching of your messages to others; the
overlap of people's networks allowing for serendipitous discovery of
others; the options for sending and receiving via web, mobile web, SMS
and 3rd-party clients; the open API allowing mash-ups and other
applications such as Twitpic (which allows you to post a photo from
your mobile phone and then tweet a link to it). It's the combinatoon
of simplicity plus open API.
> Similarly, I expect that what USDA Food Safety need to get Twitter to
> work and a set of understood rules on how to use it and what for.
Yes, as with everything the human aspects are the most important.
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