Request for Twitter: add all followers

I have 469 followers on Twitter. Very amazing service growth. Many of the world’s technologists are on it. Interestingly enough, the guy who started the company (Obvious) that made Twitter only has 578 followers.

Twitter is like the weird offspring that would happen if blogging mated with IM. It lets me write very short blog entries to my friends, letting them know what I’m doing. It’s addictive, especially when you get friends of your own, cause then you can follow them.

Anyway, I have a few problems with Twitter. First, I’d like to add all my followers to my list so I can follow their lives. Instead I have to add them one-by-one, which, makes my job 469 times more difficult. I can understand that they don’t want to see n*n growth, though. Makes scalability a much worse problem than it is.

On the Followers Page, I can’t see which ones I’ve already added as friends. It would be really neat to put a little icon next to each of my followers saying “add as friend.”

Also, I keep forgetting to use Twitter. I set it to automatically SMS me if I forget for 24 hours, but I’d like a toolbar app or something that lets me enter right from the desktop. I know some developers have been working on such Twitter apps, anyone know which one is the best? Since I use Mac and PCs now, which is the best on either platform?

Anyway, I find I keep coming back to Twitter. It’s an interesting way to keep in touch with the lives of your friends, or followers, as it were.

Comments

  1. I think the IM interface works best. Getting friend updates through the IM window is great and if you use IM as a regular part of your communications set, nothing is easier than just replying back in the Twitter window.

  2. I think the IM interface works best. Getting friend updates through the IM window is great and if you use IM as a regular part of your communications set, nothing is easier than just replying back in the Twitter window.

  3. I also tend to use the IM bots often. Google Talk on my desktop and Tablet, and imov Messenger on my smartphone work great.

    Twitterrific for OS X and Twitteroo for Windows are both standalone apps if you prefer those over IM.

    You should check out the Twitter fan wiki for a list of apps and scripts that developers are writing. Lots of good stuff there.
    http://twitter.pbwiki.com/

    I also wrote an add-in for Windows Live Messenger that automatically sets your personal message to your latest tweet. It’s convenient because it essentially makes Twitter a sort of universal status message service. Plus, it also means you can change your Messenger status remotely. :)
    http://kunal.kundaje.net/twessenger/

  4. I also tend to use the IM bots often. Google Talk on my desktop and Tablet, and imov Messenger on my smartphone work great.

    Twitterrific for OS X and Twitteroo for Windows are both standalone apps if you prefer those over IM.

    You should check out the Twitter fan wiki for a list of apps and scripts that developers are writing. Lots of good stuff there.
    http://twitter.pbwiki.com/

    I also wrote an add-in for Windows Live Messenger that automatically sets your personal message to your latest tweet. It’s convenient because it essentially makes Twitter a sort of universal status message service. Plus, it also means you can change your Messenger status remotely. :)
    http://kunal.kundaje.net/twessenger/

  5. Another vote for Twitterific on the Mac, I like being able to just click the icon in the menu to bring it to the foreground to post and check on friends then just send it to the background by pressing the icon again or you can just leave it open and get reminded to use it when you see it in Expose. I was using the Twitterlex dashboard widget but I found having to load the whole dashboard o use it was a bit of a pain and din’t really suit my workflow.

    Twitter is starting to get me back into the mood for blogging again as it is much easier just to post a quick update to Twitter than doing a whole blog post but the process of doing that is getting me back into the habit.

    btw I’m jaseone on Twitter and one of your followers ;)

  6. Another vote for Twitterific on the Mac, I like being able to just click the icon in the menu to bring it to the foreground to post and check on friends then just send it to the background by pressing the icon again or you can just leave it open and get reminded to use it when you see it in Expose. I was using the Twitterlex dashboard widget but I found having to load the whole dashboard o use it was a bit of a pain and din’t really suit my workflow.

    Twitter is starting to get me back into the mood for blogging again as it is much easier just to post a quick update to Twitter than doing a whole blog post but the process of doing that is getting me back into the habit.

    btw I’m jaseone on Twitter and one of your followers ;)

  7. I still don’t quite get twitter but then again I don’t really *want* to know what anyone is doing. I prefer the suprise of talking to a friend and learning that they went to the new sushi place or that they saw a sneak preview for “300”. That’s what makes good conversations with friends.

    The thing I find interesting about twitter is that it’s a way for people to feel like they’re being heard. Everyone wants to feel unique and to feel like they matter, that they’re being noticed. Blog’s are a great way to do that but now that there is more pressure to make your blog actually mean something instead of just an online diary people are looking for an easier way to still be digitally heard.

    Twitter is simply the quicker form of MySpace for geek adults. It’s real value is not in what it does for others, it’s in how it makes you feel. Sure, you can stretch some use out of it if *all* your friends and co-workers happen to use it but if even one doesn’t then it’s use for any other reason than self-defining drops drastically.

  8. I still don’t quite get twitter but then again I don’t really *want* to know what anyone is doing. I prefer the suprise of talking to a friend and learning that they went to the new sushi place or that they saw a sneak preview for “300”. That’s what makes good conversations with friends.

    The thing I find interesting about twitter is that it’s a way for people to feel like they’re being heard. Everyone wants to feel unique and to feel like they matter, that they’re being noticed. Blog’s are a great way to do that but now that there is more pressure to make your blog actually mean something instead of just an online diary people are looking for an easier way to still be digitally heard.

    Twitter is simply the quicker form of MySpace for geek adults. It’s real value is not in what it does for others, it’s in how it makes you feel. Sure, you can stretch some use out of it if *all* your friends and co-workers happen to use it but if even one doesn’t then it’s use for any other reason than self-defining drops drastically.

  9. I find that alot of people use Twitter. However, there seems to be a better application out there called Jaiku. (Jaiku.com) It seems to work with Twitter somehow but I cant figure that out. Give it a look.

    -Ethan Bodnar

  10. I find that alot of people use Twitter. However, there seems to be a better application out there called Jaiku. (Jaiku.com) It seems to work with Twitter somehow but I cant figure that out. Give it a look.

    -Ethan Bodnar

  11. > Also, I keep forgetting to use Twitter.

    If that’s the case, then it’s doing something wrong. Its value should be enough to keep it in your mind at the appropriate times and places.

  12. > Also, I keep forgetting to use Twitter.

    If that’s the case, then it’s doing something wrong. Its value should be enough to keep it in your mind at the appropriate times and places.

  13. wow, ask and you shall receive! i’m checking out the two greasemonkey scripts now.

    as for a PC twitter platform, i’ll second Twitteroo. it’s simple, fast and pretty.

    and ditto to checking out the Twitter PBwiki.

  14. wow, ask and you shall receive! i’m checking out the two greasemonkey scripts now.

    as for a PC twitter platform, i’ll second Twitteroo. it’s simple, fast and pretty.

    and ditto to checking out the Twitter PBwiki.

  15. Just stumbled onto your post via Fred Stutzman’s thoughts on twitter and youth adoption. I agree with it being an amazing service, but I’d like to second the recommendation for Jaiku as an alternative. Call it tweet on speed, but I like it way better.

    How does it differ from twitter? If find it less interruptive, more relevant, and easier to use. There’s no need to add all your followers on jaiku as they can simply comment on any of your entries and vice versa. Can also recommend twitterific and twitter IM on top of that.

  16. Just stumbled onto your post via Fred Stutzman’s thoughts on twitter and youth adoption. I agree with it being an amazing service, but I’d like to second the recommendation for Jaiku as an alternative. Call it tweet on speed, but I like it way better.

    How does it differ from twitter? If find it less interruptive, more relevant, and easier to use. There’s no need to add all your followers on jaiku as they can simply comment on any of your entries and vice versa. Can also recommend twitterific and twitter IM on top of that.

  17. Woof! I’m having tons more fun on Jaiku. I think techie bloggers viewing both services are opting for Jaiku if only for features. You got threaded conversations and I can stream all my online webfeeds into Jaiku. One online home, baby. Thats cool.

  18. Woof! I’m having tons more fun on Jaiku. I think techie bloggers viewing both services are opting for Jaiku if only for features. You got threaded conversations and I can stream all my online webfeeds into Jaiku. One online home, baby. Thats cool.

  19. I'm using MSM's demo version for Twitter, pretty cool application, I guess its better than both humming bird and others in that you can very cleanly remove all non following friends, ON ALL PAGES, I liked it pretty much.

    http://www.microsocialmarketer.com/2009/07/twit

    Still in demo though, can add 15 in one go, does any one know where the full version of this app is availble??

  20. I'm using MSM's demo version for Twitter, pretty cool application, I guess its better than both humming bird and others in that you can very cleanly remove all non following friends, ON ALL PAGES, I liked it pretty much.

    http://www.microsocialmarketer.com/2009/07/twit

    Still in demo though, can add 15 in one go, does any one know where the full version of this app is availble??