Do you remember when Twitter was a word that only the tech-savvy crowd might have heard of? It was back in March of 2007 that I finally started paying attention to what Twitter was, only because there was so much buzz about it on the blogs I was reading. Between then and now, Twitter has experienced all kinds of growing pains, including outages from traffic overload. Some start-ups don’t survive the pains of growing, but amazingly enough, they managed to overcome them.
About two years after the early adopters really started getting into micro-blogging via Twitter and telling the world in 140 characters or less, what was going on in their lives, “Twitter” and “Tweets” are now common household words. Twittering is even becoming popular among stay-at-home moms, in part thanks to Oprah Winfrey’s recent decision to join in on all of the Twittering fun. She’s one of many celebs who Twitter (or have someone Twitter for them), including:
- Stephen Fry
- Ashton Kutcher
- Britney Spears
- and the list goes on…
Even the radio station I listen to in the morning is all about Twittering, with all of their big DJs detailing their lives in those 140 characters. Two years ago I could guarantee that 99% percent of my friends hadn’t heard of Twitter, and now they’re all about Twittering all day long. Despite this, I still haven’t felt the urge to join them. Yes, I do have a Twitter account, but the last time I updated was way back on July 15th last year. Yikes!
While I’m reminiscing about social networking, do you remember when Facebook was only for college students and it was plain and simple? Now it’s open to anybody in any age demographic, and it’s being cluttered with countless applications. Case in point…. my 60 year old mother is on Facebook and prides herself on how well her virtual Facebook Farm is doing. All of her friends are doing the same thing…