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8 September, 2010

Posting on Twitter
Filed under: — Psychochild @ 11:24 PM

I’m trying out Twitter again. I heard an interesting news story about how one guy limits himself to one Twitter per day, and thought that sounded interesting. Follow @Psychochild to get my (almost) daily insight. Oh, and I’m announcing new blog posts on there via a plugin, if you wish to use Twitter instead of an RSS reader.

My current goal is to echo Richard Bartle’s blog where the posts aren’t necessarily about game development, but demonstrate how a game developer/designer looks at the world. Only in a much more brief format than Richard’s often provoking posts.

The big problem is that I’m still not sure how to follow Twitter without giving it way too much of my time or simply losing way too much contexts in conversations. Hopefully I’ll at least be able to catch replies that use @Psychochild.

Let me know what you think and if you have any suggestions.

Anyway, I hope to post another real post next week once life gets back in some semblance of order.

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  1. You can grab the feed URL from most everything in twitter and pop it into your feed reader.

    Comment by Bonder — 9 September, 2010 @ 12:00 AM

  2. The use of lists is the only thing that lets me stay on top of Twitter. That, and a client that fetches and display each list independently. So far that client has been Tweetdeck for me–both on my desktop and mobile.

    Comment by Corvus — 9 September, 2010 @ 4:29 AM

  3. My only piece of Twitter advice would be: don’t try to keep up with 100% of what people you follow are saying. Very few people post 100% gems 100% of the time – there is a lot of random nonsense and noise to filter out.

    Now, if you find some people who you simply cannot live without reading their every update, then add them to a list and make sure that you keep up to date on that list, and only check the main feed when you have free cycles to burn.

    Also, I recommend getting a program like Tweetdeck to help manage your read/unread content (try a few out – there’s a wide variety).

    Comment by Andrew — 9 September, 2010 @ 5:30 AM

  4. To my surprise I kinda like Twitter. Not to have conversations but as a nice tool to complete my RSS reader. I’m quick on the “stop following” button though when it gets to things like “waiting in line to get a coffee”…

    Comment by Dave Toulouse — 9 September, 2010 @ 6:07 AM

  5. Another one bites the dust. Soon there will only be me in the WoW blogosphere who isn’t chatting away in the twitter room.

    I hope it won’t affect the pace of your blogging. I have the feeling that some bloggers get their urge to express themselves covered by tweets rather than writing proper blog posts.

    Yeah, I know I’m old and grumpy.

    Comment by Larísa — 9 September, 2010 @ 7:17 AM

  6. Bonder wrote:
    You can grab the feed URL from most everything in twitter and pop it into your feed reader.

    I’ve got 550 or so full blog entries waiting for me in my reader after not checking it very much over the last week. I don’t think I really need more things in my reader. ;)

    Corvus and Andrew wrote:

    I used Tweetdeck before. It was handy for getting stuff in real-time, but it doesn’t solve he main problem I have with Twitter. Example:

    (1 hour ago) @RapidTweeter You’re right, that would radically change how indie games are marketed!

    (5 seconds ago) Look at my kitty! htpt://
    (10 seconds ago) I like pudding!
    (13 seconds ago) My favorite color is ham! gopher://
    (21 seconds ago) I’m waiting in line to get a coffee! #over00willquitfollowingme
    (31 seconds ago) I love to hear myself talk!

    It’s tiring to paw through all the old tweets just to get to that one comment that was insightful enough for someone to want to comment to. This is what I mean by “losing context”. I’d love to read more insightful things, but I already spend enough time reading RSS feeds, etc.

    Larísa wrote:
    Another one bites the dust.

    To be fair, I’ve had this account for a while. I snapped it up when someone else who was using it either deleted it or let it lapse. I played around with it before, but ran into the problems above. I view Twitter like blogs, something that can be a great tool, but you have to know how to use it.

    I hope it won’t affect the pace of your blogging.

    You mean, make me stop posting altogether? :P I don’t think so. Twitter will be more of a “observations on the world” type thing like Richard’s blog, and I’ll still post something more in-depth on here. Twitter’s enforced brevity is nice in some ways, but it can’t replace explaining out a concept or detailing a design.

    Yeah, I know I’m old and grumpy.

    Bah! You just don’t jump on every bandwagon. Nothing wrong with that. :)

    Comment by Psychochild — 9 September, 2010 @ 9:16 AM

  7. I made my FaceBook and Twitter accounts specifically so that nobody else took my handle/name. I’ve used both a bit, but the blog is still my soapbox.

    I’m just too verbose to really function in Twitterspace, as it happens. So be it.

    Comment by Tesh — 10 September, 2010 @ 10:55 AM

  8. I am holding out on the whole Twitter *ahem* ‘fad’. Kind of like bagels. I don’t read Twits or write Tweets (did I say that right?). I hope you kids will get off my lawn already!

    Comment by Isey — 14 September, 2010 @ 4:50 AM

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