For the past week, I’ve been debating back and forth on whether to give Twitter, a micro-blogging application a try. What really got me thinking was a riveting post by Marshall Kirkpatrick about Twitter practically paying his rent. He showcases some of Twitter’s greatest strengths and functions that I’ve yet to hear about elsewhere. It’s a really great read. On top of that, I’ve been feeling a little unsatisfied with Jaiku and Pownce for the lack of “activity”. A couple of days later browsing through the awesomely revamped Board X forum, I came across the Twitter thread. Sign? Definitely! After reading that some of my closest online friends are using Twitter, I decided to give it a try.
My biggest concern with these applications is participation. What’s the point in joining if you’re not going to get any feedback? You can follow, or track, a million people and still not get the feedback or have the discussions you’re looking to have. That’s what it comes down to for me.
I signed up yesterday and turned also activated my phone number so that I can twit and tweet from my phone and also receive tweets of my friends. I’m in love with it! Nevertheless, this is the only 1 of 2 advantages I see Twitter having over Jaiku. The other advantage is also my main concern; participation. It’s nice to have my friends following me and vice versa because I’m getting way more feedback that’s also valuable. I can honestly say that the feedback I’ve received on Jaiku has not been as valuable as the feedback I’ve received in the past 24 hours on Twitter. Pownce isn’t even in the equation.
I twitter in class, in the car, and I’m pretty sure I’ll be twittering everywhere else I go. I won’t be downloading any mobile applications for my phone to use Twitter (I do just fine texting), but I have installed an AIR application to use Twitter on my desktop so that I don’t have to visit Twitter’s homepage (more on that below). Jaiku will be hearing a lot less from me. Nevertheless, I will still keep my Jaiku account because of the presence stream dealing with RSS feeds. I like that and I wish Twitter would implement it also. Some have recommended that I use Twitku. I can’t do that. It’s a site and I don’t want to have to visit more sites. Plus, the type of audience I have on Twitter versus Jaiku differ greatly! I can’t post the same stuff on both.
My biggest and only complaint with Twitter is the many error messages I received within 24 hours and the sluggishness of the site. I’ve never seen an error message on Jaiku and I’ve definitely never experienced any sluggishness with it. The same goes for Pownce. Get it together Twitter, please!
Pownce, you’re gone. Jaiku, you’re still in the game, but your definitely at the bottom now. Twitter, let’s see how long this lasts.
On a side note, I don’t regret my previous stance and post about Google purchasing Jaiku. I stand firmly behind it.