Mr Moodley, WTF Is...
Shaun's Indian Gnome Explains Technical Shit
In An Easy Way.
Mr Moodley is my Indian
garden gnome who lives at The HQ. Besides being an Indian and
a garden gnome, he also happens to be web strategist,
quite jacked up on techie and web stuff, and explains it to me as
one would explain things to a retarded child, or someone who has
been dropped on the head repeatedly.
04 January, 2008
Mr Moodley, WTF Is... Twitter?
The Indian Garden Gnome Explains Twitter
Twitter - WTF Is This?
is basically a cool messaging service, which allows you to send
short messages to friends, via computer or cellphone. Basically
you can send messages from a central control panel ie: http://twitter.com/YOURNAME/,
or from your cellphone, and have it displayed on your website or
blog, which I've done and which you can see on the left hand menu.
You can choose to have just YOUR messages displayed, or include
the interactions with friends. It's similar to the Facebook status
tool ie: "Shaun is... wondering who ate all the pies"
except this can be shared with everyone who are "Friends"
with you. You get Twitter Friends by inviting your mates via email,
or searching for existing buddies who already have Twitter accounts.
When a message is sent, your friends can either receive it on their
blog or site, or on their cellphone. My feeling is this may potentially
be quite intrusive and annoying, as you could get loads of annoying
messages such as "Fred is waiting in the bank queue".
I don't give a flying f**k Fred, but thanks anyway.
Where I DO see the potential in Twitter though, is from a marketing
and promotional point of view, as you now have a captive
and highly targeted.. well, target market. I'm just thinking in
terms of event co-ordination and competitions here, where you can
effectively manage a database of potential clientelle in a more
personal form of communication. As an example - think of some sort
of treasure hunt, where clues are sent via cellphone to a pre-approved
set of twenty-somethings, which need to be found throughout the
city before eventually leading to a massive party at an undisclosed
I'm pretty sure this can be applied to other business models pretty
effectively as well, but I'm not thinking outside the box at the
moment, as I'm still playing around with it hesitantly, like a young
teen playing with his first pair of breasts.
Have a gander by registering at http://www.twitter.com.
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