It’s no secret but I love Twitter. It has become my number two source of information, (number one being Google Reader) of conversations occurring within the blogosphere.
I regularly receive comments from friends, (some of which blog) who just don’t understand Twitter. It can be hard to explain the benefits to someone who has never used it. So, I’m often looking for examples to help explain how useful the tool could prove. Last night, a great example presented itself.
I read a blog post from Steve recommending Rohit Bhargava’s new book, "Personality not included”. I ordered the book on Amazon and it arrived yesterday. As you can read from my Twitter tweets above. I mentioned I was going to read the book. I was more than a little surprised that Rohit had not only seen my tweet about his book. But he also sent me a message!
Wow. An immediate ad hoc engagement! I wasn’t expecting the author to reach out to me in this compelling way. I am now following Rohit on Twitter and likewise he is following me. As I gain and post insights from the book on Twitter. It will be interesting to see not only Rohit’s reactions, but also from fellow Twitter users.
I’m guessing that Rohit is either using Tweetscan or Summize to search for terms relating to him or his book. I love the fact that he is taking the time to engage with people on a personal level.
I came across Twistori tonight. The site is a "first person" visualization of Twitter messages, inspired by We Feel Fine. Twitter messages are filtered by occurrences of the phrases "I love", "I hate", "I think", "I believe", "I feel" & "I wish", which are placed in a visual scrolling message ticker, similar to Digg Labs BigSpy.
The site is a great aggregator for human emotions on Twitter.
Also check out http://wwdc.twistori.com for WWDC tweet coverage.
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Shel Israel interviews Twitter’s co-founders and shares some interesting insights into how people are using the service. Twitter can be described as, “a social utility which connects with people who they already know, or are interested in”.
Of all the emerging tools of social media, Twitter is the most conversational. The mobile SMS service allows people to chat in compact bite sized 140-character blocks. Some use it 20-30 times or more per day and some even have thousands of followers. But the average user only posts three times a day and chats only with a few friends.
Some businesses are also using Twitter too. For example, employees are using Twitter to communicate and share their information. Other businesses, are using the service to keep in touch with their customers, or using it for customer support.
Interestingly, Twitter’s global traffic can be broken down into four segments:
Web, SMS, Instant Messaging (IM) and API usage
Usage of Twitter’s API is 20 times than that of the Twitter.com web service.
The pie chart below, show’s Twitter’s International Web traffic usage.
NB. Remember this is just web traffic. It doesn’t include any of the other popular ways that people use Twitter. For example, this figure does not include: m.twitter.com, and API applications such as Twhirl and Twitterrific.
Interestingly, 60% of Twitter users are non US users and of that 39% are Japanese! Spain and the UK are also strong Twitter users. Good Stuff!
Click on the image to see a larger pie chart