What You Can Get Away With » twitter

Off to the Lake District for a week, so no fresh blogging until I get back next week. I have scheduled a few posts to appear during the week, just to keep my new posting schedule up, but if you want to know what I’m doing for the next few days you’ll have to follow me on Twitter, where hopefully I won’t be posting ‘raining again’ too much.

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A thought occurs to me: if you have a phone capable of sending messages by SMS, what’s to stop you branding it as ‘Twitter-compatible’?

An addition to this is the thought that someone – possibly inspired by the Amstrad Emailer – is currently working on a Home Twitterphone system so that you too can join in the fun and send messages through your normal phone. All responses will either be read out to you by the automated SMS voice or printed out and sent to you by post for an additional charge.

I’m not saying this is a workable business model, but I do wonder how much seed capital the right pitch might get from befuddled investors looking to leap on the latest bandwagon.


Some other hashtags that might have been used instead of #welovethenhs:

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As we’re on the subject of Council meetings, I should begin this post by declaring a personal interest in that I know both the Councillors mentioned in this story, and indeed have campaigned for both of them to be elected – though I would stress that Rene was a Liberal Democrat at the time I was campaigning for him.

I am also someone who has Twittered during Council meetings, which is probably the most relevant part to this discussion, as I really don’t see what Peter or Rene has done as being wrong. For me, using Twitter is a way to communicate during a meeting and to let people outside know what’s going on. This may come as a shock to some people, but the people of Colchester (and the people of Swansea too, unless they’ve changed dramatically since I lived there) don’t hange breathlessly on every word uttered in the Council Chamber. Tweeting little snippets about what’s happening, or my commentary on something, is a way to let people know what is going on. I’d also note that as far as I recall, I’ve only Tweeted during Full Council meetings in which the vast majority of Councillors spend 99% of their time listening to other people speak – and as an intelligent adult human being, I am capable of listening to someone and writing a text message about what they’re saying at the same time, in the same way I’m capable of writing notes on pen and paper while listening to someone.

And I know I’m not alone in this – I follow various other politicians on Twitter and they’ve posted updates from Council Chambers, Assemblies and Parliaments from all sides of the political spectrum. To claim that someone is ‘showing contempt’ for one of them by being able to multi-task is a rather ridiculous claim, unless you believe that representatives should spend all their times in meetings sitting ramrod-straight, doing nothing but staring intently at the person currently speaking, hanging on their every word.

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