Thursday, February 5, 2009

Regarding Twitter

Twitter is kind of fun. Like a mini blog.

I've been using it for about a month now and it's interesting to see what people are up to.

I've been using the website lately since Twhirl seems to not always want to work. And I don't really like a bunch of apps running on my machine, even if they're small. I tend to run into problems after a while and end up not using them. (a learned behavior?)

I don't plan on getting an iPhone or the like for quite a while but I'd like to be able to get the tweets on my cell phone. I guess I can - I can put in my phone number and it'll send me a text msg.... I'll have to try that.

I guess I have two complaints about Twitter - one is most of the url's are hidden behind a tinyurl link. When I'm at work, I can't get to YouTube or FaceBook, etc. I probably get 'Access Denied' kind of messages on about half the links I try to follow. Tinyurl has the preview link that seems pretty cool but I don't see how to change my settings to use it.

The other thing that bugs me is the 140 character limit. I guess that's the limit on text messages sent via phones (SMS).

There are some things I don't understand yet - what the heck are the # and RT things in the text? The RT ones look like forwarded msgs and the # are infront of TV show names and other stuff.


Les said...

If you go to and look for the 'Preview' link in their navigation. Once there they will tell you that you have to accept cookies to use it... chances are you already use cookies (these days who doesn't). You can allow them to put a cookie on your computer that will always tell them you want their preview page to see the source of the url.

I haven't tried any of the other sites (,, etc) but the tinyurl cookie works very well.

bubba said...

That works great! Thanks!