By sschablow July 17, 2007
Have you heard of Twitter, Pownce and Jaiku? They’re products in the emerging nanoblogging space. A nanoblog allows the user to type in a quick update on what you’re doing at the moment. Your friends can then see your updates on the web, in an instant message, or in a text message on your phone. You’re limited to 160 characters so it’s tough to say much.
Truthfully, when I heard of nanoblogging I really didn’t get it. Why would you want to send updates to others or read the trivialities of your friends? So, I jumped in and opened a Twitter account to see what all the fuss was about. It was an enlightening experience. I found that when you view the updates over a period of time you begin to have a better sense of who someone is, where they generally are, and what’s going on in their life. It can actually enrich the conversation you have with them in person because you know what issues they’ve been dealing with.
Clive Thompson wrote a fascinating article in Wired Magazine about nanoblogging and he had a similar experience. He said that when his four closest friends and worldmates send him dozens of updates a week for five months, he begin to develop an almost telepathic awareness of the people most important to him. He predicts that this is where the Web is headed. If you consider Facebook’s friend status updates, he may be right.
Which of them is right for you? Read this Webware.com piece on how to choose between them. My perception is that Twitter works well on mobile web and SMS, Pownce is mostly for sharing files and Jaiku is good at aggregating them if you use more than one.
So go get a Twitter account and look me up at: http://twitter.com/sschablow . Tell me what you’re doing!