A lot of bloggers are still discussing Twitter
, a service that lets you post tiny posts (140 characters) from the phone, web or instant message. This type of blogging has also been called microblogging. Here is a chart from Technorati that shows a growing number of Twitter-related posts over the past 180 days.
You may already know that Twitter was a big hit at SXSW
. This was where the big upswing in Twitter posts started. Since then Steve Rubel has been asking if people will blog less
now that are twittering more. Dave Winer offers some thoughts on Twitter's future
. He asks whether Twitter will have competitors. Tara at HorsePigCow blogs
about why Twitter matters to her. She has been using Twitter since last May or June. Hitwise offers more Twitter traffic data
Meanwhile, some bloggers are already ready for Twitter to crash and die. Some argue that Twitter has already peaked or that it is just a fad. For example, Web1797 thinks
that "Twitter will flame-out before the end of 2007." Creating Passionate Users reminds everyone
that it is the face-to-face interactions that matter most.
Like many other bloggers we have also set up a Twitter
for Bloggers Blog for random thoughts or ideas or for stuff that's just too short to blog. We also didn't want to be left lonely and twitterless. Twitter might be more useful to publishers if you could have Twitter on your own domain but that's definitely a feature or service that could (and should) be added in the future. It is impossible to accurately predict what will happen with Twitter but Twitter does seem to have already reached a traffic level that makes it unlikely to just fade away -- especially with zealous Twitters like Robert Scoble
and Steve Rubel
For Twitter noobs there is the Twitter Fan Wiki
which has links to lots of articles and resources. Webware has also posted a Newbies Guide to Twitter
. Even professionals can make use of Twitter -- Web Worker Daily
list eight reasons why.