Just noticed a communal twitter, where any Twitter user can post to, this is closest thing I’ve seen to groups.
See it here, Twitter/Macworld.
They say “Contribute by preceding your Twitter update with MACWORLD”.
So if I want to post to this Twitter, I say:
MACWORLD this is great
This post will appear on the Macworld Twitter page as:
johnt: this is great
NOTE: the post also appears on your own Twitter, and the public timeline.
So it’s not quite a group, it’s a type of communal message board without threaded replies for each post.
It’s a good example to see how people use it, I guess the idea is not to post questions or content that requires a reply…but as it seems, people can’t help discussing.
I guess the rule each time you post is to ask yourself “What are you doing?”
Maybe a private version of a communal Twitter would be good, everyone can post to the same twitter board, if there are any replies or discussion posts it will be OK, as everyone will know the context of the replies as they will have seen the post it is replying to.
NOTE: These posts would not appear on your own account, therefore they wouldn’t appear in the public timeline (you can have a private account anyway). Or these posts would appear in your user account, but not in your timeline, they would appear in a separate timeline (and again they wouldn’t appear on the public timeline)
It seems Festmob is another communal Twitter.
BTW - I wonder if there will be a real-time Twitter public page like Digg or deli.icio.us.
I found the Macworld Twitter on the Twitter wiki, it seems lots of companies (non-individuals) are using Twitter to update their audience…the 30boxes blog is re-syndicating their Twitter posts (Twitter also have badges for this type of thing).
Even Twitter itself has a status profile, add Twitter_Status as a friend or subscribe to the feed in your RSS Reader, so you know of a status issues.
Here’s some Bot posting from the BBC, they seem to be using the Twitter API to run feed post titles or summaries as Twitter posts, and the link to the native post is a neat and tidy URL via a URL shortener, eg. BBC/Tech.
Obviously this is seen as a way to re-syndicate your blog posts through Twitter, this way your audience can fetch your posts by following your Twitter by SMS or IM…also see Zingku, 4info, msgme, and others.