Tobias Buckell, science fiction writer


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

It just sort of seeped into my awareness. I’m not sure who I started first reading was doing it, but it seemed like one day I woke up feeling like it was something people I liked where doing, so I’d better check it out and see if it was something I’d get into.

2. When did you first start Twittering?

On February 13th, 2008 I joined twitter, which means I’ve been on it for over a year. For some reason it doesn’t feel that long. It feels like I just joined it a few months ago.

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

When I first started blogging back in 1998 the appeal was having a conversation with a number of people who shared common interests. It was, at first, a very flat medium with few people participating in the area I was very focused on: writing science fiction. As more and more blogs launched, I never quite was able to get that ‘world is flat’ level of intimacy back that I enjoyed so much, even though blogging is still something that’s fun. Twitter appealed to me b/c it let me lifestream a lot more, talk about little tidbits of my life, and just sort of toss stuff out there without worry about whether people cared.

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

I jumped right on in. It appealed to me right away, and with the iPhone, it became very integrated into my mobile life.

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

I mainly use it via TwitterFon on my iPhone, so I’m not sure how much time it takes. I look at it on my way to get water from the fridge, or a snack, or when waiting in line somewhere, all those interstitial places.

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

Think of the benefits of instant messaging, but without the need to instantly reply.

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

Holy crap, that’s a tough question. I can’t even begin to answer that without sitting down and going through my list and taking the time to reread and cull and… yeah.

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

Here’s the thing: I use an iPhone mainly, I’d love a way to sync twitter across my devices. I have a laptop, a desktop, and the iPhone. But if I read a bunch of twitters on the iPhone, then load them up on my laptop, I have to figure out what I did and didn’t read. The fact that Tweet Deck and other apps on the desktop let you mark read/unread *for only that machine* indicates we need this. My email uses IMAP, so I see the same 3 unread emails on all 3 of my devices. NetNewsWire lets me see what RSS feeds are read and unread. I love the web 2.0 cloud, but we use multiple devices, giving us synch would be nice.

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

I’m still using email, blogging, and using IM. They’re all aspects of the various conversations I have at different levels and layers with varying intersections of my tribe. I don’t see Twitter going away, I do see some modifications (threading, or synching across devices for read/unread) being useful.

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1 JeffRutherford April 6, 2009 at 3:59 am

@tobiasbuckell: @tobiasbuckell Tobias Buckell, science fiction writer
1. How and when did you first hear of Twit.. http://tinyurl.com/cgmmgp

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2 tobiasbuckell April 6, 2009 at 10:20 am

Me interviewed about twitter: http://tinyurl.com/cgmmgp

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