This entry is not about birds. It's actually about Twitter. Wikipedia describes Twitter as a microblogging/social networking service. The best way I've heard it described to people of my generation is that it's basically facebook statuses. That's all.
So how does one use this Twitter thing? Well, first you sign up. Then you have to follow people. This is the important part. I first got Twitter last spring but I wasn't following anybody, so it wasn't that interesting. If you follow people, you get to read their updates. You also have to update it yourself. Answer the question! What are you doing? A person can "tweet" (update) from their computer, either on the internet or from a widget, from their phone, from facebook...anything!! You can also have other people's updates sent to these devices.
Who can you follow? Everybody. Friends, family, celebrities, companies, Barack Obama. If you search for RIT there are 45 results, including CAB (College Activities Board) and E-Hall which I guess is the classy new nickname for Entrepreneur's Hall.
So one day in January, I woke up to find out that a bunch of my friends had gotten Twitter and had found me. Recently (as in the past few days) there's been an EXPLOSION of my friends using Twitter. Mostly I'm "following" RIT people, but I do have one home friend that I'm "following". (Sorry I feel like a total creeper saying I'm following all these people) Today all of my RIT friends were having a conversation over Twitter about one thing. In the middle of that, a tweet from my home friend popped up. It had been hacked by his friends (aka he left himself logged in on the work computer). It made for good times.
Or right now when my friend tweeted asking if he should have a slip n slide at his fraternities spring weekend and I i.med him a response. Yay technology!!