@GSPN

@GSPN

1.What’s your name, company, and website URL.

Cliff J. Ravenscraft, PodcastAnswerMan.com & Generally Speaking Production Network

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2. How and when did you first hear of Twitter?

I heard about Twitter from Leo Leporte during a podcast that was then called “Inside The Net.” I believe it was around March of 2007.

3. When did you first start Twittering?

I am an early adopter and started using Twitter as soon as I hard about it, early 2007. I’ve posted over 7,200 updates at the time of this response.

4. Why does Twitter appeal to you? Why do you Twitter?

First, it’s so simple to learn how to use. It’s not complicated at all. I love that it can be accessed from the web, applications on my iphone, via text messaging, etc. I love that it can constantly keep me in touch with the various communities that I’m involved in.

5. Did you immediately jump right into Twittering, or did it take you a while to start Twittering regularly?

I immediately started to use twitter to build my brand for gspn.tv and my podcast consulting business. I already had a large community of podcast listeners who were interested when I would release new episodes of our shows and this was my first use of Twitter.

6. How much time do you spend each day on Twitter?

I check twitter about five or six times a day. I’d say that I post an average of about 5 to 10 updates per day on average. Overall, I’d say about 15 to 30 minutes of my day would be spent interacting with people through Twitter.

7. When someone asks you what Twitter is and how it works, how do you describe it?

I typically take them to the site, sign them up for a free account and walk them through how to post. If they have unlimited sms on their phone, I activate twitter on their phone and I look for people they already know who are already on twitter. I then turn on some notifications and ask them to posting and update at least once a day for two weeks. So far, everyone’s still on twitter today!

8. If you could follow only three people on Twitter, who would they be and why?

@FullTimeMom as she is my wife and I love knowing what’s going on in her day when we apart from each other.

I’d also post my chlidren’s accounts, but I don’t want to publicise those. Again, it’s a fun way to keep in touch with each other.

9. Do you have any pet peeves re: Twitter?

I wish the did have a better way of threading “conversations” that take place on twitter. I hope in the future that each tweet would have the ability to leave ongonig comments on them.

10. What do you think Twitter’s future is in 1 year? 5 years? Do you think you’ll still be using it?

That’s hard to say. I don’t think it will just go away.. It’s definately got critical mass. I’m looking forward to seeing what they do with premium accounts in the future. I’m one of those who would probably pay for some additional features. I’m not sure which features I’d want just yet, but I’m sure their are some creative uses out there.

In my mind, I think we’ll still be Twittering in five years from now. I still think people will be Facebooking as well. Thease two sites have been widely accepted and adopted by most people that I know. Even if other services come along that offer so much more, I can’t see leaving the heard to try another new web 2.0 service at this point. Well, I’m sure new web 2.0 things will come along that we’ll all get excited about. But I don’t think we’ll accept anything else to replace what Twitter does for us.

Facebook has certainly tried to become more “twitter like.” However, I know that I, and many others, use facebook for other things. Twitter is just twitter. It’s basic, it’s simple. And well, I like it a lot!

11. Do you use a Twitter desktop client? If so, what do you use? What are your favorite Twitter tools/apps?

On the desktop, I’ll usually prefer a combination of the actual twitter site and http://search.twitter.com

Though I have installed and occasionally use Twirl & TweetDeck. On my iPhone, I could not dream of using any other application that Tweetie… It’s the best $2.99 that any any tweeter will ever spend.

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