How Twitter Will Change the Way Business Communicates

How Twitter Will Change the Way Business Communicates: "Hard to believe that only 10 or 15 years ago we interacted with coworkers and colleagues with memos and phone calls.

Email and instant messaging changed all that. Now there's a new communications revolution coming. These services mix contacts, instant messaging, blogging, and texting, and they're poised to make email feel as antiquated as the mimeograph.

The best known of the new services is Twitter. Since its debut last spring, it has been one of the fastest-growing apps in the history of the Internet. The best way to describe it is as a microblog service in which you tell people what you're doing or thinking at any given moment.

The hook is that you're limited to 140 characters. 'It's strangely addictive,' says NBC videographer Jim Long. 'Evidently, people are interested in what I'm doing, and I genuinely care about what they're doing.'

Twitter's basic idea has proven so popular that others have copied its premise and added features. Jaiku lets me include blog posts, my link blog, and more along with my mini posts. Pownce users can send files to one another, as well as calendar events.

At Facebook, I can add such information as my favorite music and the syndicated Web feeds I've shared in Google Reader."

Helge: Google aquired Jaiku last week. Twitter has more users but Jaiku offers interesting features for those who like to microblog events and seminars. Jaiku has a broad mobile user base.

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