Video Battle: Twitter vs APRS (Automatic Packet Reporting System)
On this side we have APRS ( Automatic Packet Reporting System )
APRS is not a vehicle tracking system. It is a two-way tactical real-time digital communications system between all assets in a network sharing information about everything going on in the local area. On ham radio, this means if something is happening now, or there is information that could be valuable to you, then it should show up on your APRS radio in your mobile. APRS also supports global callsign-to-callsign messaging, bulletins, objects email and Voice because every local area is seen by the Internet System (APRS-IS)! APRS should enable local and global amateur radio operator contact at anytime-anywhere and using any device. — http://www.aprs.org/
APRS – You guys go first
And on this side we have Twitter
Now the Twitter people
Twitter is a service for friends, family, and co–workers to communicate and stay connected through the exchange of quick, frequent answers to one simple question: What are you doing?
Where did the idea for Twitter come from? Jack Dorsey had grown interested in the simple idea of being able to know what his friends were doing. Specifically, Jack wondered if there might be an opportunity to build something compelling around this simple status concept. When he brought the idea up to his colleagues, it was decided that a prototype should be built.
Twitter was funded initially by Obvious, a creative environment in San Francisco, CA. The first prototype was built in two weeks in March 2006 and launched publicly in August of 2006. The service grew popular very quickly and it soon made sense for Twitter to move outside of Obvious. In May 2007, Twitter Incorporated was founded. –Twitter.com
We have asked an academic to better explain Twitter to us. She has a degree in Philology
Lets establish her credentials
Her name is Marina Orlova, she’s 27 and she’s a philologist! Now you might be asking what the heck is a philologist? Well, it’s someone who studies linguistics and etymology.. and in Marina’s case.. she has applied her Philology degrees to specializing in word origins.
Marina has two degrees – Teaching of Russian Language and World Literature Specializing in Philology and the Teaching of English Language Specializing in Philology from State University of Nizhni Novgorod Region in Russian Federation, graduated 2002 and taught English to high school students for 2 years.
We have asked an expert, Lisa Nova, to provide commentary on excess Twitter usage
Twitter expert Lisa Nova – Part 1
Twitter expert Lisa Nova – Part 2
How many people use Twitter?
One user brought up an interesting point. Every time a new account is created they get an xml feed with an ID number in it. Mine is number 5,870,022 which matches the number that Twitterholic defines as the nth person to sign up. Last week I created a new account which as the ID 14,461,298. This suggests that if Twitter is using these id’s in sequentially that there have been nearly 14.5 million accounts created. However, what % of those accounts are actually active? That’s still an open question. –Marc Boucher
See who is twitter-ing in real time http://twittervision.com/
And the winner is?