Sometime last week my pals over at Odeo let me know about a little side project they were working on – twttr (say ‘twitter’). Aside from the fact that the hooligans over there are making a Web 2.0 funny by starting a web service with no vowels and ending in a Flickr-style ‘r’ – it’s a mobile way to keep in touch with a group of friends. Biz Stone has a good write-up about the service and I expect fans of Dodgeball to find it just as compelling though in a slightly different way.
In the week that I’ve been using it I have been receiving about 5 times the SMS traffic I would get in a normal week. Basically, when you SMS twttr’s shortcode (40404) whatever you send is broadcast to your friends. It’s a lot like reading a push mini-blog. I like that I feel more in touch knowing what my friends are up to even if I don’t call or IM with them directly in the course of a week. I don’t think I will accept everyone I know as a contact since I don’t want my phone buzzing 24/7 and I may switch updates on my public twttr page to be for friends only, but time will tell. Enough of my blabbing, go try it out at twttr.com. Nice job Odeons.