Twidget – Twitter Dashboard Widget

As my experiment with Twitter continues, I’ve been looking for an easier way to update my Twitter status rather than always having to go to the Web. I found a great dashboard widget for Mac OS X that allows me to quickly update my status…very nice!

Apple - Downloads - Dashboard Widgets - Twidget - Twitter Dashboard Widget

Now, how about a widget that lets me see the status of those who I want to “follow” in Twitter? I’ve not come across that that, but I’m sure it’s out there somewhere. For anyone who is already using Twitter, how are you following the status of others? Are you actually logging into the Twitter site? Or, via Facebook? Something else?

The undeniable fact remains…I’ve got a lot still to learn about this whole microblogging thing.

Twitter vs. Jaiku?

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While I’ve not yet done a whole lot with the microblogging tool Twitter, I just came across this thorough introduction to how one might use Twitter.

If you want to give Twitter a try, you can sign-up for a free account here. You can find me at Twitter at http://twitter.com/jrhode

I wonder as enamored as it seems young people are these days with texting and social networking tools like this, are us “old folks” missing out by not being actively involved in the whole social presence phenomenon?

While I’m going to give Twitter a try and keep an open mind about it, I must admit that I’m really apprehensive about taking the time to post what I’m doing. Does anyone really care anyway what I’m doing? I know there are people who do, but will they want to subscribe follow me electronically? Maybe they do…and I’m being totally “20th century” about this.

Anyway…I’d love to hear from anyone who is either actively using Twitter, Jaiku, or some other microblogging tool. Or, maybe you’re considering just trying one. What are your thoughts on this?

Another question I’m going to throw out…what’s the big difference between Twitter and Jaiku? I’ve got a Jaiku account as well, but I’m not sure why I would want to use one over the other. Certainly, the fact the Google now owns Jaiku certainly catapults the development capital and potentially the longevity of Jaiku.

Chime in with your thoughts!