It is a feature which will make it easier for Gmail users to view and share their status updates.
Rumor has it that Google could launch this feature as soon as this week.
It should be noted that Gmail users can already update their statuses but as soon as a new update gets posted, the previous one disappears. Users will be able to see stream of updates and the feature will be integrated with YouTube and photo-sharing site Picasa.
I doubt that this will have a huge bearing on Twitter and Facebook but it will all depend on how Google delivers this one. Yahoo previously launched a feature that’s almost the same but not many people are using it.
I was wondering what my first post about Twitter would be and my friend David K asked me to start by explaining Twitter.
Wikipedia gives this explanation:
Twitter is a free social networking and microblogging service that enables its users to send and read messages known as tweets. Tweets are text-based posts of up to 140 characters displayed on the author’s profile page and delivered to the author’s subscribers who are known as followers. Senders can restrict delivery to those in their circle of friends or, by default, allow open access.
It’s a Microblog
Let’s start by saying that Twitter is a blog, a small blog but a blog nonetheless. It is a smaller, more stripped-down version of Facebook. Imagine if all Facebook had were status updates. With Twitter you can only broadcast messages not more than 140 characters long.
Tweets are those messages that one sends out which get displayed in the author’s homepage and also in the time-lines of the people who follow him/her. They can include any kind of information, be it what one is doing, a new blog post, opinions, links to articles, anything.
There’s a follow button on every Twitter profile that is used to ‘follow’ people of interest. On the profile page, Twitter also shows the number of followers one has and the number of people one is following in addition to Name, Location, Website, number of tweets to-date and a short bio also 140 characters long.
Don’t Leave Too Soon
Newbies can easily misunderstand Twitter but if they take time to stick around and understand it, they soon realize that it is quite interesting and beneficial.
So tweet away and don’t forget to follow me here.
My name is Stone Atwine and this is my ‘official’ blog.
I own an ICT company called BlissOne MEDIA. (I also do a drive-time radio show but that’s not very critical to this blog) We do lots of computer related work like computer training, computer software & hardware sales, ICT consulting and outsourced online work. We also have an Internet café wing. Of late, companies and organizations have contacted me hoping to get some help with social media issues. Because of this, I decided it was time to turn this social tech blogging idea that I’ve had for a very long time into a reality. I can offer a bit of knowledge and advice in that field. I am a life long student of all things computer and a very big fan of emerging technologies.
I am sure people who have consulted me about issues concerning social sites like Facebook and Twitter have found my advice very useful. I have over 8 years experience in the ICT sector in Uganda and a number of ICT related articles have quoted me.
I will be blogging about these particular sites (and others like them) and most of my posts will be about basic tips and tricks to help enhance the experience of using them. I believe that simplicity is key to understanding this often misunderstood concept of social media. I am a news junkie and so expect a lot of social media news too; new trends in social media & ICT, services, products, apps and other news along those lines.
I am blogging to bring all things social media closer to you. So I hope you come back.
Feel free to leave comments, questions, disagreements or advice of any sort. You can also drop me an email at: email@example.com
This is just the beginning.