garrylengthorn

20-Oct-12 Twitterings!

In Blog, Personal on October 20, 2012 at 6:56 am

Saturday morning and as I wait for our curtesy car, as a result of our accident last weekend, I finally get 5 minutes to dedicate to the blog.

For those who don’t catch my regular tweets @garrylengthorn on Twitter, you won’t know that the police caught the individual who burgled our home this time last year. The man, of Polish origin, apparently burgled over 40 properties! It nice to see that justice will be served. Unfortunately none of our goods will be returned. In fact, that might be fortunate, as most of the items were electrical, so not sure I want back them back now!

It seems that more and more people that I know are converting to Twitter. I’ve been on it for some time now with over 1100 tweets, and this week, I finally bypassed the 200 followers mark, which has taken a long time to achieve. It shames me, as my daughter has over 2000 followers!

It is difficult to judge the long term future of Twitter. At a meeting yesterday, I learnt that Analysts reckon that Twitter has a short term life. In an article in July, it was estimated that there are over 500 million accounts, albeit only 170 million of these are active.

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Top of the tweeting capitals is Jakarta!

I do wonder how Twitter will evolve. For me, there is a clear distinction between using Facebook and LinkedIn to socialise and collaborate, but the lines get very blurred with Twitter. Especially as Twitter starts to get used more by those who are fleeing from the privacy concerns over Facebook.

As with any technology, the consumer will influence where the product goes and what products will be here in 2 years time. Already, other social networking tools, like Instagram, are grabbing significant online time with my teenagers! The ability to share an important moment through an enhanced photo or video is very popular with this generation Y culture.

I have a doubt over whether Twitter and indeed Facebook will be here in 2-3 years time, unless both companies can keep up with the emerging trends and a population that will want to be even more social on the move and in the workplace, whilst not being inhibited or feeling like they are being stalked.

I’m looking to embrace whatever comes along, as I’m a generation X who is clearly a generation Y wannabe!

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Back in the day! Now where’s my Freedom t-shirt!

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  1. Trying to predict the future? I’m sure something else will come along that takes over from twitter/Facebook. I know more and more people that are leaving Facebook, some for twitter, but also more bloggers emerging….

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