For those of you familiar with twitter, you know of its addictive properties, and for those of you who don’t know what the hell it is, imagine being able to tell the world that you’re about to sit on the can and… ok, bad example.
The best thing I can compare it to is to Facebook’s “status” option, or AIM’s and gchat’s “away” message option. The difference being that instead of using a chat client or a social networking site, you’re actually “publishing” your status to a network dedicated solely to that end. Oh, and it’s convenient, you can send updates to your status from your mobile phone or IM service.
The point is not only to share your “status” with friends and other people, but to “follow” others as they update their accounts. And did I mention it’s convenient? If you want, you can simply subscribe to the RSS feed, or actually get a text message on your cell every time there’s an update. Fun, eh? Hey, I didn’t invent the Internet, so don’t ask me to explain.
Furthermore, before you go all judgmental on me, know this: Twitter can actually be a helpful tool. A number of mainstream media sites (NYTimes, NPR, CNN) are using it to push “breaking news” tidbits or links to interesting news stories and articles to the network.
Anyhoo, as you probably guessed by now, we created a profile for UmpBump on twitter, and every time we post a new blog entry, we’ll send out alerts to those of you following us there (it’s all thanks to Mr. Alex King and his twitter tools plugin for WordPress – if you self publish on WP, his plugins are essential, check them out).
So that’s that, we’re following a number of people who came up in the search results when we entered “baseball” but hit us up on twitter if you’re using the thing so we can follow you as well. Let us know what you think what other things we can use it for in the comments.