It seems like lately, Twitter has completely taken over the internet! When I first got Twitter, I wasn’t so sure about it, but it seems like if you don’t have a Twitter account, you have no internet presence at all! Even this blog (and Hosted IM World) share a Twitter- it’s http://twitter.com/hostedIMspot
Twitter allows you to post short messages, about 120 characters, about anything- from announcing a new blog entry (which is what I use the hostedIMspot account for a lot of the time) to talking about a new dress that you spotted in the Macy’s Misses department. I’ve found that a lot of companies and individuals use it to marketing themselves, their websites, and their brands.
But how does Twitter compare to instant messaging? Is Twitter the new instant messenger? Well, in my opinion, no. Both are very easy to use, but I believe that Twitter is way less impersonal than instant messaging. With Twitter you do get a glimpse into someone’s daily life (if it is their personal Twitter account), but it is no where near as personal as instant messaging. Usually, with IM, you know the person you are speaking with, either on a personal or professional level. You also aren’t broadcasting a message to hundreds or thousands of people, but are usually only speaking to one person in a chat window at a time. IM is also real-time, like a telephone conversation.
Whichever way you like to talk online using Twitter and IM are 2 of the most popular (and free!) ways to communicate using the internet.
Have a good weekend everyone!