Twitter and Twinkle

Ah, summertime... and the bloggin' is easy!

Yes, another year, another gadget... And right now we're tweaking "Michelle's Mental Clutter" to get the most out of our new iPhone mobile blogging!

To wit, at left in the sidebar you'll see a couple of new additions...

First, there's Twitter! If you're familiar with the status updates on Facebook, then you already have an idea what Twitter is all about. If not, well... as the website says, "Twitter is a service for friends, family, and co–workers to communicate and stay connected through the exchange of quick, frequent answers to one simple question: What are you doing?"

According to the all-knowing Wikipedia, many prominent people and organizations have embraced this technology, "including the Los Angeles Fire Department who put it to use in situations such as the October 2007 California wildfires." (Not to mention that the great and august The Onion is, too!)

I first really experienced Twitter through what turned out to be a couple of its greatest uses ever... The incredibly plugged-in and insightful "microblogging" of Rex Sorgatz on Fimoculous and the raising of the legendary digital truisms (pictured at left) of contemporary artist Jenny Holzer to its logical, ubiquitious, and glorious Twittery conclusion!

Now, all this incoming informational minutia might seem a bit overwhelming. But there are a couple of fun ways to narrow it down...
  • Favrd collects the best of Twitter.
  • Twitstori is both a digital art project and "the first step in an ongoing social experiment based on twitter"... What does the world say that it loves, hates, believes, feels or wishes?
  • Ever overhear something surreal, stupid, wise, etc. and want to share it with the world? is a fun site that pulls in all the fun things which people twittered, saying that they've overheard.
  • The ultimate in citizen journalism is, which tries to build a newspaper out of Twitter posts.
I am personally twittering mostly through the iPhone app Twinkle, which sorta guestimates location by trianangulating with cell towers, plus can let you add pictures (both of which can only be seen on the iPhone, so hope to see you on one soon!)

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