The Future As Seen By Me In 2010

Well looky here, things one has scanned in eh. (ignore the photo, that's some guy that made some accounting software, not sure what became of him ;) MIKE RIVERSDALE is fuming. The expensive headphones he bought in Sydney three weeks ago have just died. His first reaction is not to randomly spill expletives into his coffee, but to use his iPhone to vent his frustration to his Twitter con- tacts, under the moniker Miramar Mike. "I will also put, 'What should I do?' It's a conversation. I'm reaching out to the people following me." The council predicts hand-held digital devices such as smartphones will rule the world in 2040. They already rule the life of Mr Riversdale, whose company WaveAdept helps businesses adapt - their computing sys- tems to allow staff to work from anywhere - and with anyone. In order of fre- equency, he uses his iPhone to tweet (1136 followers; 8363 tweets since joining), e-mail, make phone calls and use online services, such as checki

Twitter, A Look Back In Awe


Finally got Twitter archive to download (here's how) and have unzipped, popped it into Google Drive so I can run it through any browser (here's how AND how to keep your archive up to date).

Fascinating stuff, in a narcissistic way.

Twitter, born July 2006. I appeared on March 15th, 2007 with, wait for it, ... "Um ... now what?". Well at least it wasn't hello but it was damned close.

I recall it had been talked about on the Wellingtonista (or maybe on the internal email list that used to constantly fly around for those of us that were regular posters at the time) and thinking, "I MUST be on that". As is regulation I signed up and then had no idea what to do next. It seemed empty, quiet, pointless. I came back in November 2007 with, "Trying to get twitter and Facebook to work ... failing", ah such naive and silly days.

Have no fear, I am not going to go through ever damned tweet - a few highlights

  • First tweet reply was to @jasonwryan
  • First complaint about Twitter being too consuming was February 29, 2007
  • First event covered by me on Twitter was, Bloggers Meetup (February 28th, 2008). Check out the photos - my, doesn't everyone look young:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/mike_riversdale/archives/date-taken/2008/02/27/?view=md
  • Most tweets in one month, 951 in February 2011
  • Quietest month after January 2009 (my last with <200 tweets) was January 2010
  • January is by far my quietest month
  • Where as February for the last 3 years has been my busiest tweeting time (Webstock anyone)
And here's my first out and out joke that I can find:
All in all it's fun looking back, thanks to Twitter for making it possible and now I have and my ancestors now have a "diary" to trawl through.
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[Update] A list of those I think were at that Bloggers Meetup way back in 2008

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