Twittering on the Bolivian Altiplano
The internet sometimes feels like a cluttered place, choc full of lots of useless applications that make geeks excited and leave the rest of us cold. When I first came across twitter I thought, what a waste of time, who cares what I’m doing right now? After a quick snoop around and after reading loads of 40 character posts like: “Morning all”, and “Think I might have a coffee before checking my emails” my first impressions were confirmed, WHO CARES, and I promptly decided that my life didn’t need yet another platform to express myself to an unlistening world.
However, when we were building the site for this expedition one of the key things we realised was the importance of currency. Things go cold really fast online. We noticed that it was frustrating following other expeditions who’s site might lay dormant for days and sometimes weeks, so we set ourselves the challenge of making our site as uptodate as possible. Knowing that we wouldn’t be sitting in-front of a computer all day we reckoned we could do this using a Blackberry for textual updates on twitter and a Spot Tracker for instant updates on our map. We originally wanted one of these too but our budget didn’t stretch : (
Now that I’ve been using twitter for almost six months, i’m hooked. I find it really useful medium for quick communication with other twitterers and for following their adventures thoughts, and it allows us to keep our site current without pulling up a chair to a computer screen. True enough, I do still get irritated by many of the geeks’ that I inadvertently wind up following, pointless tweets. It seems like many of the people who are compelled to answer the question, “What are you doing now?” seem to do little other than sit at a computer and tweet.
Others use it wisely and creatively and allow us to share a little of their interesting lives. People who actually do things make Twitter an exciting tool for documenting events current and up todate.
I’m particularly excited by @Alhumphreys’ walk in India which he will document in real time,
and inpressed by @Twitchhiker’s creative use of Twitter to travel.
@Robinb shows it’s usefulness in a mountain rescue.
And when we finally make it back into GPRS coverage, it works really well with our Sanoodi page
Twitter, its not just for geeks.
You can find out what the fuss is about here