Microblogging, Flutter, and Getting Twitterish

The Guardian 2009 April Fool’s joke picked up on the zeitgeist suggesting that one of the oldest newspapers would soon be stopping the presses literally and switching to twitter as it’s primary outlet. But, twitter is no joke, at the moment it’s big and everyone is trying to get in on the microblogging game.

Of course, we’ve already got a nanoblogging spoof called flutter, and it occurred to me that we could also have picoblogging, which instead of a 140 character limit would offer users just one bit with which to get their message across. The new service should be called phartr or something equally as exhilarating.

Meanwhile, Facebook has gone all a-twitter and now the new version of FriendFeed seems to have adopted a twitterish skin. And, identi.ca always was a twitter clone, albeit with a few bells and whistles.

Author: David Bradley

Freelance science journalist, author of Deceived Wisdom. Photographer and musician.