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It started posting articles electronically back in the BBS days in the late 1980s.I create a web page with my own domain name in 1998 (back in Brazil with a ".br" domain name that I no longer own).I moved to a US domain when I moved to the United States in 2000 (it’s still there at http://www.barreto.us and it hasn't changed much in years).In July 2004 (around five years ago, almost to the day), I started blogging here at http://blogs.technet.com/josebda.It’s actually kind of fun to go back and re-read that very first post at http://blogs.technet.com/josebda/archive/2004/07/06/173623.aspx I stopped posting in both English and Portuguese two years later (too much work to post in two languages, side-by-side), but kept posting in English regularly to this date.To this date I have posted 270 blogs (not counting this one :-), an average of about 5 per month.
As of this month, I am also starting to use twitter. You can follow me at http://twitter.com/josebarreto There were a few things I learned in the last few weeks as I got started.Obviously you need to visit the site and create the account, hoping no one grabbed your name before you did.Next, I spent some time getting the lingo: tweets, shortening URLs with bit.ly, retweets, following, replies, @name, #subject, etc.Then I tried to find interesting people to follow and watched what they tweet about, how frequently.
I soon figured out that I could retire my RSS reader in favor of a twitter client, which is now how I am getting my basic news.I am pretty OK now with the number of other twiterers I am following, and it does pretty much match my old list of RSS feeds, plus a few new finds.I chose to use TweetDeck on the PC and PockeTwit on the phone (any suggestions there?).
I started writing my own tweets a few days ago, mostly one for every blog post I get out the door. I guess I am too tied to old models, huh?I am also starting to retweet some of the stuff I am following, as my next step into the new model.If you haven’t already, you should get started. It is a different way of doing things, but it has worked quite well for me so far, especially as it replaced some of my old tools.I find myself using the twitter clients for most of my news and updates (personal or work-related).
An interesting side effect is that it got me back to Facebook (at http://www.facebook.com/jose.barreto) and I started posting updates there as well.I created the Facebook account a few years ago, added a few friends over time and even got a “vanity URL” earlier this year, but I never really got into posting frequent updates.Not that Twitter and Facebook are directly related, but it sounded simple enough to post updates on both.I learned that there used to be a Facebook app to do that automatically, but apparently that no longer works.It even got me to load a Facebook application on my Windows phone. How about that?
There’s a lot of hype about Twitter, but it does seem to have an interesting model, a new twist on things.You’re not likely to find out what I had for breakfast every morning, but you will at least learn of any new blog posts I publish (RSS is so 2000-and-late :-).As with most things, time will tell if the model does work. We will find out when I post about it five years from now…