Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Twittering about Second Life

Monday I got this e-mail from my director:

Those of us at the Futures conference heard about the increasing rate of change
and how technology is central to it. So, do any of you read the Sunday Star
Ledger? If you do, did you notice the articles on pages 2 and 3 of the first
section (not buried somewhere) - Twitter and Second Life. When things like this
become news that's prominently placed, you HAVE to sit up and take notice.

True, this past Sunday's Star Ledger carried articles about Twitter and Second Life (actually, there were two about Second Life, there was also this one). Well those are the ones I found online, I didn't actually see the print paper.

While I'm certainly not a "Twitter celebrity" I have discovered that Twittering is kinda' fun. The first time I heard about it I thought it was ridiculous and didn't even sign up for it - even though I am a major "joiner"! ;-) However, when a friend invited me to join and be his friend, I did it and then found out that getting little messages about what he was doing was kinda neat and fun. Then I added another friend. It also became fun to post little tidbits about what I was doing (you are limited to 140 characters). I am by no means "addicted" or "obsessed," but it is fun.

The article calls Twitter a "booming new social networking site," "micro-blogging," "addictive and may just be the future of communication." People are using it to find like-minded friends and connections without all the "noise" of MySpace. Especially funny tweets become popular and their posters gain visibility.

One day when I checked the public timeline I saw people posting to each other who were at some kind of conference and checking-in to say when/where/what they were doing - making plans about where to meet up and when to eat, etc....

At the Futures Conference Ray Kurzweil talked about things doubling very quickly. Well, according to one of the founders of Twitter, its users are doubling every three weeks!

Check out Twitter Map and Twitterholic if you're into it.

As for Second Life, the first article offers a sort of "travel guide" to it with tips and a warning that "sex is everywhere," hence the second article about someone offering child pornography there.

Again, I am not a big user of Second Life. I did eventually sign up but have only been "virtual" once. I just fumbled and stumbled around and ended up getting stuck on a fence somewhere. However, Second Life has more than 6 million registered participants (according to the article) and I have seen some interesting things on useful applications and results from Second Life. Of course, there is a library there and many "real world" things take place there - concerts, buying and selling, advertising, building or creating things, meet people, own land, etc..

Maybe I should give it another try. If anyone knows how to get off that darn fence in Second Life, Twitter me!

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At May 15, 2007 2:55 PM, Blogger Peter Bromberg said...

Hi Amy,

I don't consider myself an early adopter but I do like to jump in and play. Usually...

For some reason Second Life and Twitter have not grabbed me yet. I've actually downloaded and played around with Second Life, but felt a bit lost and incompetent. Also, it seemed run kinda slow and buggy on my laptop.

Twitter just plain scares me, and that's nothing against Twitter. I just don't want anything like that picking away at my attention. It's the same reason I resist watching new tv shows when friends say, "You have to watch it--you'll love it!" Yeah, that's what I'm afraid of... I don't want another hour of my life sucked away.

I read that some librarians were using twitter to keep each other posted and make plans during a recent conference (CIL?) That got me a little more interested, and I'm sure it's only a matter of time before I surrender to the might lure of Twitter. But not yet. Please, not yet! :-)

Postponing the inevitably yours,


At May 15, 2007 3:51 PM, Blogger Janie L. Hermann said...

A big "Yeah That" to everything that Pete posted.

It was at CIL that I saw the usefulness of twitter (I always knew who was in the bar and when because they posted the twitter feed on the wiki) and I saw people twitter each other to make comments on a speaker while they were speaking.

Still, my attention is diverted enough by email, IM, feeds, etc. that I just can't see myself twittering while I at work. I fear it would take my already diminishing attention span and obliterate it completely.

At May 15, 2007 5:29 PM, Blogger Amy J. Kearns, MLIS said...

DISCLAIMER: I do NOT Twitter at work!!!!!! ;-)


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