Integrating MicroMedia into my life

(Left: Shel Israel at a Boston Ice Cream shop)

I think I won him over, as Shel is loving Twitter now, a form of MicroMedia. We’re both learning how to engage in these rapid conversations and learn by listening to the community consciousness.

I’ve been using Twitter more each week, it’s become a great way to communicate and learn about others. Why do I like Twitter but don’t use instant messaging? Because Twitter respects my time, I don’t have to respond to individuals if I don’t want to, and I can communicate to many people (over 1000 are following me) at any given time.

I’ve really started to incorporate this tool into my communication mix, at the Consumer Forum last week we used Twitter to let folks know about the live streaming of the keynotes, as well as blow by blow updates of juicy “nuggets” we heard from presenters. Other business uses? Allen Stern suggests that the API could be used to develop robust search engines, I agree, this information is valuable, we need to be able to find it and access it quickly. Thinking to the future, it’s possible Twitter could be come the platform for mobile communications, rather than relying on existing text messaging systems.

I’ve got to agree with Shel, one of the greatest uses of the tool was when he happened to find out we were both in Boston and we were able to meet up for dinner. It’s ironic, that someone who lives so close to me in the bay area is so difficult to meet up with, so we do it on the road. We’ll be sharing the stage at a few upcoming events, so stay tuned for those,.

Still not sure what Twitter is? It’s a chat room, but if you want to get advanced, read this Web Strategy document on Twitter, What the Web Strategist should know about Twitter.

My biggest grievance with Twitter? Although the team has made a recent update, the technology still seems a bit buggy, for example, last week, I received dozens of bogus emails.

If you wanted to add me as your Twtter follower, I’ll add you back.

Update: Marshall Kirkpatrick doesn’t care if you laugh at Twitter, as it’s paying his rent, so there!.

  • Thanks for the link! Scoble also called Twitter a chat room – I am not sure I agree with that. In it’s basic sense a chat room is about a current conversation – I find that replying to someone “@whatever” about 95% of the time receives no response – chat is “me talk, you talk”, twitter is really “me talk, you listen” – i find that if i see an interesting msg that i want to reply to – email works better for the response – then i know the other person actually sees what I am saying in reply. this is one of the reasons some of the egos of the valley love twitter – because of the “me talk, you listen” angle.

  • Allen

    Not sure if you’re married or not, but “me talk, you MAY listen” isn’t that uncommon in real world conversations


  • Wait till Shirley hears about this. She’ll talk. You’ll listen and like it.

  • Yes I will. Yes I will.

  • I can’t get married yet – I need to find her on Facebook, make sure she has a MySpace page, she will need to tell her friends about the proposal via twitter, her family will find out via rss on her blog. I will propose via an advertisement on CenterNetworks, PhpAdsNew will tell me when she clicks the ad, Xobni will tell me when she replies and how she connected me. The ad will click to a video on Viddler with the proposal with of course timed tagging when the ring is shown and again a timed comment from her will start the “i do” process. Naturally she will need to pass the eHarmony matching tests and if I find a fake profile on, she’s out.

    Once she accepts we will work to get the news on propeller, digg and reddit. LinkedIn will allow us to decide who will attend from both businesses except for my new friends in Silicon Valley – they left LinkedIn for Facebook. Music of course will need to be drm-free and will come from either Amie Street or INDISTR. How will we pay for it? Easy, her loans will come from Prosper, mine from Lending Club. Where will we stay? We will use UpNext for that help, but only if we decide to get married in NYC. You might be wondering how we will decide where people sit, that’s easy too – a heatmap from CrazyEgg and then monitoring movements with ClickTale. The wedding wiki will come from Wetpaint and the groomsman wiki from PBwiki. Renkoo will take care of the invites, and traineo will take care of helping me fit into my tux. Weatherbill will guarantee the sun will shine on the day we select, which by the way will be between the Web 2.0 and Demo conferences. FreshBooks will handle the invoicing and billing, and FeedBurner will make sure that our subscriptions actually attend.

    Guests will check Reevoo for reviews on the gifts we want, women will use StyleDiary for info on their attire, while men will check the proper bow-tie setup on Wikipedia. Smart links from AdadptiveBlue will help the guests find the best prices for the gifts, and Zoho Sheet will keep each guests plans in order. Only those on the TechMeme leaderboard will be able to guarantee a seat, others will need to game a slot to get in. Not sure yet whether we will use KickApps or for the wedding social network. I know the cake decorator will be found via a search using Yahoo and directions will use the new Mapquest beta. We will use StreetEasy to find a place to live once married as both of our apartments is too small for both of us. Scoble will record the event on, iJustine will interview guests, Calacanis will make us a Mahalo page as a gift and will push why weddings between humans are better than those of computers.

    And after the ceremony, we will Google the new married name in the hopes that results will begin to appear and shortly thereafter a new Wikipedia page will be created.

    With all of that work to be done, now do you understand why I am not married yet?

  • Oh dear.


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  • Even old dogs can learn new tricks. I am proud of Shel, Twitter is a powerful connector.

  • Jeremiah, without sounding too sycophantic, it’s because of your mastery of Twitter that you’ve scored a large part of my mindshare. Pre-Twitter you were another blogger who I should be reading, but because you post often, and about important, relevant stuff, with well-crafted headlines, you’ve captured my attention.

    Something I should try to put into practice myself, what with my posts about “drinking liquorice tea while writing about hair dye and listening to a podcast about porn…!”

  • Kami, Shel’s always impressed me for his ability to capture the value of these tools.

    Simon, thanks, I use these tools as a chat room, and ask a lot of questions to get a conversation going!

  • I’m still not sold on it. One of the problem with micromedia is the superfragmentation. Jeremiah, you’re one of my favorite bloggers, but I don’t have time to follow you everywhere you are. I also don’t have time to communicate everything I want on email and on my blog and on Twitter and on Jaiku and Facebook and dopplr and a bunch of those sites Allen mentioned. Yet I do appreciate the value of being everywhere, creating this pervasive brand presence online, which is why I syndicate my blog feed to Twitter and a bunch of other sites.

    At what point do we finally peak and have some universal social media dashboard? Here’s what I need: a simple interface where I can just tag the content with what it is and it goes up to those spots. An event appears on Facebook and Upcoming, with my travel schedule posting to dopplr, a blog post appears on my blog with a snippet on Jaiku and Twitter, etc. If it really works how I want it to, it’s integrated with my address book so that when I post a message about an event that’s occurring in a certain city, I can also quickly look up which of my contacts live there and then email the update to them as well. That helps with the posting, but then a similar service will have to help with managing reading all of it. The Facebook news feed comes closest, but it only highlights some of the updates even from people I want to follow closely.

    Meanwhile, Twitter has two other problems: Most people don’t use it well (posting pointless personal updates like they’re napping or eating Cheerios), diluting the value of it for those trying to follow more substantive updates; and the network effect hasn’t taken hold, with a few early adopters using it but without significant traction outside of it.

    Here’s the question I can’t quite figure out: why should the non-Jeremiahs of the world use Twitter?

  • David

    Facebook news page is one of the dashboards you could use to track all of these things.

    Secondly, in South Korea, many have deployed the personal “home-py” which is exactly what you mentioned.

  • Allen, you’re hilarious! 😉 you’ve just written the play-book for (My big fat) Geek Wedding

  • Re: David B.’s comment, I’d fall into the non-Jeremiah group and I found my twitter hook. Through facebook or on my mobile, twitter is easy and does add value in streamlining my communications. See my post for my hook story:

    Maybe it’s not relevant to David B., but it’re relevnat to more and more mainstream people like me.

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  • Wait till Shirley hears about this. She'll talk. You'll listen and like it.