Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Talkin' Technology

Last week, while discussing things that make us feel old, our conversation devolved into technological babble. Since you're probably on a computer right now, we may as well go through all the things to make your experience better.

- Twitter. This social networking website has blown up like bubble gum in the past month. It's been around for years, but it's swift rise to the number three social networking site is pretty amazing. Facebook has even jumped on the bandwagon by rearranging their homepage to be more like Twitter.

What is Twitter?

If I were a Twitterer, I'd write a sentence and then publish it. Other Twitterers can add me as a friend and see the sentences I write. I have no idea why others would read what I have to say. (this is much different.)

Getting started:

Blogonoscopy
(Kevin Slowey's bro) wrote a quick tutorial on how to make interesting Tweets. A lot of celebrities like Shaq, Lily Allen and Christopher Walken have notable accounts. Twins blogs have also climbed aboard, with Howard Sinker and K-bro leading the revolution. Alright Hamilton hasn't joined yet, but I don't know, I suppose we could?

Criticism

It seems narcissistic. What is the subject of most Twitter messages? The person who writes them. People actually think that other people care what they're doing all the time. It's all me me me look at what I'm doing. Look at what I'm thinking. Look at what I'm feeling.


But hell, that's what the internet is all about; especially for us common folk. I remember my first website when I was in the ninth grade - it was all just pictures of junk I thought was cool.

iGoogle and RSS feed

Google IG and the Google Reader have nothing to do with social networking or showing yourself off. It's more about custom consolidation of information, making the stuff you care about quicker and easier to find. I love my iGoogle page. You can add boxes such as gmail, espn baseball news, and random stuff of the day. Here's an example:


You can even chat with other googlers! It's very cool. But the best thing about it is my Google Reader. Whenever I see a blog I like, I just subscribe to it, and every time they publish something, it's headline pops up in my feed. It saves a lot of time surfin onto sites to see if they've been updated.

Put all the aforementioned technology together, and you would know what celebrities are eating, while viewing the freshest lolcats, and Tweeting your thoughts about them.

6 comments:

soup said...

I have now embraced RSS feeds and the igoogle thingy, but I am still too much of a Luddite to do the making with the twitterings.

I'm not sure what I think of Google Reader, but I'll give it a chance.

bizmarkie507 said...

Twitter is further destroying our society, I will curse its name to my grave.

And we're running out of time for March Madness, are we all doing a bracket thing again?

jammyman said...

we should.

tfrezac2002 said...

I had never heard of twitter until about 3 weeks ago. I still don't know what its all about.

I like my igoogle, it compiles everything I check everyday into on page. But I find myself with much more time to just stare at the screen now.

haasertime said...

have we done that before? If anyone can figure out a way to do it and compile it and score it, go ahead and post something right now.

jammyman said...

we can do it as a group on cbssports.com