Fri, 27 April 2007
I woke up this morning and checked my Twitter tweets and found this one from Jason Calacanis:
I clicked on the URL and found myself smiling at what Jason wrote. He lists the things you need to do for him to link to your post. I’m not sure he’s serious about everything in his list but I figured he did it to see how many people would write about him and link back to his site. This is an interesting social experiment and I’m sure he will get lots of takers (I’m guess I’m one of them).
Jason has been around for a while (co-founder of Weblogs Inc; VP at AOL) but I started reading his blog and following him on Twitter when I heard him on the Gillmor Gang podcast doing a great imitation of Adam Curry. He also has been talking about Fatblogging and exercising to get his weight down so he can run a marathon. Since I’m a runner that caught my interest. You can read about Jason here.
I find I get a lot of great links from Twitter (like the one from Jason). I follow a number of interesting people on the Web and Twitter helps not only answering the question “What are you doing now?”, but more important, “What do you find interesting now?”.
I do have one concern that I haven’t seen raised before about Twitter and that’s clicking on unknown links. Twitter limits the text to 140 characters (because of SMS text message limits) so most URLs are converted to the “tinyurl” format to save space. As you can see in Jason tweet the URL destination is hidden and you don’t know where it’s going until you’re there — very dangerous (for Window users). I guess it’s a matter of trusting who you’re following and hope nobody hacks their account and starts posting dangerous URLs.
I found another great tweet this morning from Jeremiah Owyang (Podtech) that mirrors what I was talking about in my last podcast: Thanks, Tom
Category:Technology -- posted at: 9:30am PST