Tweet!

by on March 17, 2008 · 10 comments

Ironically, despite writing about technology for a living, I have a bad track record when it comes to adopting new web tools. I only joined the Facebook and RSS bandwagons last year for example. At Jerry’s virtual urging, though, I’ve broken down and joined the Twitter revolution. Now you, too, can read all the interesting things I have to say in 140 characters or less.

One of the things that annoyed me about the sign-up process is that it asked me for my GMail/Yahoo!/whatever password in order to add all of the people in my address book to my Twitter watchlist. This is a Bad Idea, and especially now that sites are starting to offer dedicated APIs for this purpose, there’s no excuse for demanding peoples’ passwords.

I’ve got a Mac. Any recommendations for good Twitter-related software I should be checking out?

  • Adam Thierer

    Wow, that is crazy. If you refuse to provide your password(s) is there any other way to use it?

  • http://www.techliberation.com/ Tim Lee

    Oh, you can sign up, you just have to add your friends manually.

  • http://www.techliberation.com Adam Thierer

    Wow, that is crazy. If you refuse to provide your password(s) is there any other way to use it?

  • http://www.techliberation.com/ Tim Lee

    Oh, you can sign up, you just have to add your friends manually.

  • http://techdirt.com/ Mike Masnick

    Yeah, you only need to provide your login info if you want it to automatically invite friends. Most people skip that part…

    But, Tim, it’ll be interesting to see what you think of Twitter. I had tried it a year ago and then dropped it, but picked it up again about 3 months ago, and found it to be useful in surprising and totally unexpected ways.

    The thing that convinced me it was useful was watching the Iowa caucuses unfold via Twitter, with people at the actual caucuses reporting in, giving a much more accurate picture than CNN. It was fascinating.

    Also, this weekend, watching the chatter about the Bear Stearns/JP Morgan deal was quite interesting.

    It’s also resulted in at least one random lunch meetup while I was in NY last month.

    If you start to think about it as a sort of public/group chat, it becomes pretty neat.

  • http://techdirt.com/ Mike Masnick

    Yeah, you only need to provide your login info if you want it to automatically invite friends. Most people skip that part…

    But, Tim, it’ll be interesting to see what you think of Twitter. I had tried it a year ago and then dropped it, but picked it up again about 3 months ago, and found it to be useful in surprising and totally unexpected ways.

    The thing that convinced me it was useful was watching the Iowa caucuses unfold via Twitter, with people at the actual caucuses reporting in, giving a much more accurate picture than CNN. It was fascinating.

    Also, this weekend, watching the chatter about the Bear Stearns/JP Morgan deal was quite interesting.

    It’s also resulted in at least one random lunch meetup while I was in NY last month.

    If you start to think about it as a sort of public/group chat, it becomes pretty neat.

  • Chris Riley

    I know some Mac users who worship Twitterific. I just send IM’s to Twitter myself.

  • Chris Riley

    I know some Mac users who worship Twitterific. I just send IM’s to Twitter myself.

  • http://www.robhyndman.com Rob Hyndman

    Twhirl is the best I’ve tried so far.

  • http://www.robhyndman.com Rob Hyndman

    Twhirl is the best I’ve tried so far.

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