Over the past few weeks, you may have noticed that we launched a Lifeskate Twitter service (see the notice on the right side of this page -- soon to be more prominently included in our Lifeskate header). You may be asking, "What's Twitter?"
Twitter is a service that allows users to post 140-character timestamped messages (called tweets) that others can read. Often, these tweets are sent via SMS or mobile devices, but you can also create them on the web. Kind of like a blog, which is why services like Twitter and Plurk are called microblogging sites. If you have a Twitter account, you can sign up to "follow" a fellow Twitterer and read his/her tweets. This is probably basic for most of you, but bear with me for a moment.
A lot of Twitter usage is, shall we shall, frivolous -- people posting what they had for lunch, comments on that pretty guy/gal who just walked down the street, random impressions that maybe only a few friends (if that) care about, etc. But some ingenuous types have used Twitter as a fast-response messaging system to distribute concise bulletins. Firefighters in California used Twitter disseminate information about forest fires, Chinese residents used it to communicate about the recent earthquakes when official news channels were censoring reports, and several news organizations have used Twitter to supplement their RSS feeds and e-mail bulletins.
Here at Lifeskate HQ, we thought that maybe a Twitter version of Lifeskate could help keep our audience up-to-date on the latest skating news between visits to the site, as well as let us broadcast some skating nuggets that fell on the cutting room floor. And maybe there will be a few, um, "frivolous," items (I just got new Pattern 99 blades!). Once we get into the swing of things, we'll be posting three or four times per day.
So, if you're a current or future Twitterer, click here to "follow" Lifeskate online. If you're a Twitterer and have interesting skating observations to share, please comment below and we can "follow" you.