11 thoughts on “Twitter, Misunderstood?”

  1. Om,

    I do think that one of the driving forces in twitter’s uptick (outside of the buzz) is that they have made a range of inputs and outputs (such as web and IM) to allow people to participate in the stream.

    Third parties are jumping in as well with products like twitterific. And for those people who want mobile but not SMS, 30 Boxes has put out twapper to allow wap browsing. We also be integrating our buddy updates (your online life stream) into twapper as well.

  2. I think that the tool has potential to be more useful if some changes are made to the product. As it stands now, at least from a professional standpoint & gathering information, I currently find it somewhat lacking & doesn’t give users enough control over what they receive.

    I do think that this is a service that can take off with teens, college students & overseas markets.

  3. It is bizarre how quickly it moved from hot app of the moment to passe, at least in local circles at any rate. It makes me wonder whether people who are not early adopters will hear about apps that rise and fall so quickly.

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  5. Om, I think your age ranges are a bit off. I think anyone under 35, in the US, is pretty comfortable with SMS — not just twenty-somethings and younger. Whether they are comfortable with Twitter’s implementation or even their carrier’s SMS billing scheme is another question.

    broadstuff, the key to Shannon’s law is how you define information. If you and I agreed that the code 0101 would represent a specific 100 MB file you already had on your computer, it would seem that I can transmit 100 MB to you by only using a four bits. That is not the case, however. For the purpose of the law, a bit is just a bit, regardless of what it may mean to you. Under the law, useful information is that which is meaningful without any a priori knowledge. So, a QAM16 constellation can at most represent 4 bits of data and nothing more. Using a cryptographic method to make those 4 bits represent some larger set of data is complete irrelevant and outside of Shannon’s Law.

  6. Am I the only one sick and tired of hearing about slow US adoption of SMS? That only the teens are sending these intrusive messages?

    Take a look at the stats and it will show the real story. Ex. the average SMS user in the US is 36 years old (..and getting older). Deal No Deal is doing alright, driving 1 million+ messages a night at $0.99 a pop. Better yet, its target demo is women, 36-54 yrs old. Same goes for American Idol….

    The SMS adoption is booming in the US and we keep doubling our usage every year. We’ll keep seeing fantastic usage now that traditional media players in radio and TV are integrating it into their programming. Let’s leave the “slow adoption” stories once and for all.

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