Twitter My Love, I Won't Leave You For Jaiku
There are lots of people examining Twitter competitor Jaiku over the past several days, with lots of oddball and new-fangled terminology thrown around like “co-presence” and “social peripheral vision”.
Unfortunately, I can’t seem to access Jaiku to check it out for myself (I’ve tried several times over the weekend â€“ not a great sign), so I’m going to stick with Twitter for now, an application that has wound its way into being a part of my everyday communicating, web geeking, and activities.
Part of the buzz over Jaiku stems from the fact that Leo Laporte is jumping ship to Jaiku because of feat that his podcast, TWiT (This Week in Tech), might get confused with the name Twitter. Tony Hung over at Deep Jive Interests says that “walking away from Twitter isnâ€™t going to solve any potential confusion â€” if there was any in the first place,” and I quite agree.
Co-presence and social peripheral vision aside, Twitter works and is exploding in popularity because of how simple and easy it is. Send short messages to a group of friends, and receive messages from those Twitterers you choose to follow. Take part in Twitter via web, IM, or mobile device. And that’s it! From there it’s up to you.