Are you on Twitter?

Screen Capture of TweetDeck

A little more than a year ago Jerry, from the Stogie Review, and mentioned to me that he was using this service called Twitter to keep up with friends and co-workers. He explained it in such a way that I viewed it as a sort of large chat room from my old AOL days.

I checked it out and wasn’t totally convinced. I saw it as a service along the lines of Myspace, which I never could stand. As Jerry became more and more involved with it, I started using it as a way to get answers to simple questions faster than we normally would communicate over email.

For the longest time I was simply using the web interface to check my tweets and send little tid-bits. The more I grew attached to Twitter, the more interested I became in applications to make it run smoother.

The application that I experimented with was called TwitterFox. This was a Mozilla Firefox addon that updated every so often and popped my messages up in the lower right corner of the screen. This was great when I had my browser running.

After passing on TwitterFox, I checked out an Adobe Air application called Twirl. This was a straight forward piece of software that kept tabs on my twitter stream, responses, and direct messages. I used this for a while until Jerry turned me on to a more robust application called TweetDeck.

TweetDeck was a little intimidating at first, with all of its panes and buttons. It took up a massive amount of screen space and I didn’t expect to use it for very long before ditching it for something new. I contemplated going back to Twirl until something else of interest popped up, but I started taking a liking to this new application.

Since I started using TweetDeck, I’ve found its URL shortening service very convenient as well as its ability to create panes on the fly. I can setup groups to keep track of certain people or even setup a search which updates frequently in order to find new people to follow.

Since my trial run of Twitter, I’ve become a bit of a Twitter Junkie. I log on via the web interface several times per day while at work and generally have TweetDeck running while I am home. Its been a great way to keep up with the growing cigar community and to meet new bloggers.

Now that I use it so much, I don’t know what I would do without it. Since getting my iPod Touch, I even check in from my local cigar shop to see what is going on.


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7 comments On Are you on Twitter?

  • I do use Twitter as I’m sure you know. “jasonshaffer” on Twitter. I too use TweetDeck, as well as Tweetie on my iPhone. I love Twitter.

  • I’m hopelessly addicted to Twitter as well. I signed up fairly early for it, February 2007, mostly to keep up with web design trends. Since I started following cigar people, my twittering has exploded. Looking at my TweetStats has me shaking my head. The graphs just keep going up and up every month. I use Twitterific on my MacBook and iPod Touch, but I think I may be switching to TweetDeck too.

  • WALT! That is a hilarious little vid, and oh so true. Thanks for sharing your twitterevolution with us. 😀

  • BradinBuffalo on Twitter,
    It is very addicting….

  • I love Twitter!! @MikeInWV !!

  • Well I have never joined because of hating MySpace and Facebook, but after finding this article (and only 3 months after it was written – I am slow) I might have to give it a shot.

    Mike

    Still worried it will just become a spam haven and will take more time to weed out the crap, but I might have to give it a shot – gonna watch the vid now.

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