Daniel Ho

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A Toronto-based management consultant who spends too much time thinking about coffee, riding around on two wheels, photography, books, and fried chicken!

What is Twitter?

Twitter logo Lately, I've been frequently asked "What exactly IS Twitter???"

Well, it seems that Twitter has finally reached quasi-mainstream acceptance. That means that "normal" people are starting to catch wind of it...even those that aren't geeks and technophiles. In some estimation, this medium may have already "jumped the shark." In any case, it is worthy of a post before I lose my voice explaining it. :-)

I like it a lot, but even if it isn't for you, it is worth a read to keep up with all the cool kids are up to. OK, understood that my rock stars may be your nerds, but that notwithstanding...

I'm going to cheat a bit, here's a blog entry that I heard about from Scoble on Twitter (of course!). It is a good basic primer to what Twitter is all about. Follow the link to the actual post for all the gory details.

If you like, Twitter along with me. My Twitter name is...wait for it...danielho

-=-= Newbie's guide to Twitter By Rafe Needleman

Twitter is an online service that lets you broadcast short messages to your friends or "followers." It also lets you specify which Twitter users you want to follow so you can read their messages in one place.

Twitter is designed to work on a mobile phone as well as a computer. All Twitter messages are limited to 140 characters, so each message can be sent as a single SMS alert. You can't say much in 140 characters. That's part of Twitter's charm. ==>READ MORE


After you've read that, come back and read this posting by Julian and this post by Kevin Lim (both also referred by the friendly folk on Twitter.) This should give you a good feel about how Twitter is being used and why people who like it, think it is a big deal vs. being a waste of time.