Wall Street Journal: Friends Swap Twitters, and Frustration. Twitter is one of several growing services, including Google Inc.-owned Dodgeball, that tie together instant messaging, social networking and wireless communication. Twitter allows members to use their computers or cellphones to distribute short messages on what they’re doing. Each message is limited to 140 characters, but there are no limits on how many messages a user can send. Members specify whether they want to be alerted by a text message on their phones or an instant message on their PCs when friends post updates.
This story spends a lot of time worrying about the problem of message overload. I found it a problem, too, when I was signed up by an early user.
What about the journalistic potential of Twitter? It’s huge.
(I’m still baffled that Knight Ridder failed to use the domain headlines.com for stuff like this…)