@jrome

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

My name is @jrome, I’m a full time stay-at-home dad with a very recent history in digital publishing and web business development. I have a zillion ideas, one of which I’m actively bootstrapping. I post really short snippets of things on my old fashioned Blogger blog, http://lessonsinordinary.blogspot.com. I do tons more on Twitter, identi.ca, flickr, and the like.

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

I read about Twitter in the summer of 2006, reading a blog like we all used to do way back then. It was Evhead.com, no bizstone.com. Maybe both. I had gotten off the phone with a Googler who was in new biz dev for Writely when I took a u-turn and thought about Blogger, if I remember my train of thought at all correctly. Actually, my memory is pretty lousy, but I’m pretty sure I went from either blog and signed up when it was still twttr.com though I wasn’t sure I could even send or receive an SMS on the crappy cell phone I kept at the time. I remember when it became Twitter.com shortly thereafter, with the little bubble world design, like 37Signals’ app icons would become.

3. When did you first start Twittering?

My first tweet was Aug 30, 2006, 9:24am (6:24am PCT). It still exists, believe it or not, deep in the bowels of Twitter’s archive. http://twitter.com/jrome/status/23604

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

Twitter appeals to my sense of being a closeted extrovert. Let me rephrase… Twitter appeals to me because it doesn’t require anything of me. I can tweet what I’m doing, whatever that may be, whatever thought is in my head. It’s only a short burst, a snapshot of a moment in time, and then it’s over.

These moments used to just happen – a thought flutters in one’s mind then forever forgotten, but now every thought has a web page, to hang around so long as the Twitter servers don’t melt. Much that is tweeted – particularly that which is mine – is junk, ephemeral chad, markers that a thought happened or a comment occured, but should only one of those thoughts catch wing…we’re only now learning that the smallest of tweets can have much broader impact. A nerd with a cell phone can snap a picture tomorrow with Twitpic and launch a ten thousand ships. Or something. That’s why I use it. To be a grain of sand on the beach.

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

From the first day I have thought hard about Twitter. It was my business at the time to know what was going on on the web. Where our business was going to need to be. This Twitter tasted different than what other trends I was observing at the time. It was pure excitement and still is.

To this day I can recall driving home with my coworker awash in Twitter. We were stuck in late ’06 summer traffic, I was claiming that if Twitter could scale might very well revolutionize news reporting – I used the traffic jam on I-91 we were in as one of many examples. My colleague commented she had never seen me more excited.
So yeah, I jumped right in, mostly Tweeting from the web or IM on a semi-regular basis.

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

I take pains to not measure it. I glance at Twitter like I would take a look at my watch. But know that sometimes I stare at the hands of my watch for an hour at a time. Time flies.

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

Twitter is a true revolution in human communication, like a first phone call after a lifetime of snail mail. You know that adage about a butterfly flapping its wings on one side of the world and causing a tidal wave on the other? That’s essentially what happens when millions of people use Twitter. You may not experience the tidal wave at first, but try it. Dive in, wade in, or get your feet wet, but give it a try.

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

I’d (continue) to follow @BarackObama, but only if he tweeted as often as I do and picked me as one of only three people he follows. I’d also follow @ev and @biz since I’ve been following them from the start. My wife will just have to call me.

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

No. It’s early. I trust they won’t end up like Ma Bell.

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

Simply robust. Services built on Twitter (most of which will not be owned by Twitter) will continue to emerge for the foreseeable future and the best will make money. Twitter’s growth will continue unabated, especially as more and more cell phone users get on board in and outside the US. Twitter will be profitable in 3 years, a global powerhouse in 5 or heck, even less.


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

Yeah, I have used Tweetdeck. I use Tweetie on my iPhone 99% of the time these days. I update from IM via Adium on my Mac in my kitchen. When I’m on free cafe wifi on the Asus netbook Santa brought for my daughter I use the nifty Twitterbar in Firefox. I have used Twittervision in presentations, which is always charming.

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