It took some time for me to get the hang of Twitter. Of course I signed up rather early, on May 25th 2007. Two days later I found the courage to publish my first tweet with the unforgettable words “first twit….” (sic!). Twitbin, a Firefox addon, helped me to tweet more. But still, I didn’t see what Twitter could do to improve my social web experience.
Then I found Plurk. I signed up – of course – and plurked. Later I plurked again, but I wondered how many people are on Plurk.
After a rather long moratorium, I stumbled upon this great article at Grinding. I thought, wow, this Twitter-thing is something worth to dive into. I din’t follow the lengthy workshop exactly (in fact, it still resides in my “To-Read” folder at delicious), but I decided to use Twitter more often, to explore it’s possibilities. I installed another Twitter add-on in FireFox, the Twitter-toolbar, so I could post my tweets from within my browser. But, a year later, on June 2nd 2009, I had to admit in a blogpost on “The Art of Sharing” that I still wasn’t using Twitter very much. However, this article also was a turning point for me. I decided to dive a little deeper into the benefits of my FriendFeed account. It appeared that I underestimated the power of all this, and now all my web 2.0 accounts are talking to each other.
All my feeds are streamed to Friendfeed, who cc-s it to Twitter. And when I post to Twitter, it will be forwarded to Friendfeed. Without being forwarded to Twitter again, because that would trigger an endless loop 🙂 From Twitter it will be send via Ping and Twitterfeed to my Linked-in account. Independently from all this, all my sharing is feeded to Plaxo Pulse, but I turned of this feature for some applications, because not all of my Plaxo-connections are interested in all my web-scribbles. Now, there should also be a connection between Twitter and Hyves, a Dutch social network. If this works, I will know after posting this entry 🙂