Pre Oprah

Do I have to start my blogs with the same line? Geez, I haven’t written in a long time. 🙂

Work is still busy, and the wife is off to some remote places in China with my mom (wow. what a fun trip. Thanks for putting up with her). So here I am, all alone (and a tad miserable), surfing non stop.

The biggest thing these days has been Twitter and Oprah. She finally got onto the bandwagon, and started twitting. Now all of a sudden Twitter has become “mainstream”. You see, I am a “Pre-Oprah” twitterer, meaning I started using twitter before Oprah did. I guess that kind of separates me from the so called mainstream. But to be honest, I am still figuring it out. I don’t know if twitter is for everyone. I am more engaged on facebook, because I know whom I am talking to, and what I want to share with them. Whereas on Twitter, I just don’t know yet. I started off with the power twitterers (the usual suspects … scoble, kawasaki, etc), then dropped a few, and moved on to the celebrities (sports celebrities, to be exact), such as Shaq, Nash and Tony Hawk. I tried to RT things here and there, and I also tried to tweet stuff that I read online. But really, I fail to find a consistent theme. I also find Twitter very clumsy and messy. I find it very hard to keep track. I seriously wonder how those power users follow people, or do they only track/manage/monitor his followers, and the @ # about him/herself? Anyway, I don’t know.

The thing I am waiting for though, is microblogging in China. There are already a bunch of Twitter (aka 叨客) clones in China. Well, according to another list, there are actually close to 50 clones in China. Now I don’t think it will last very long, because this is the type of democratizion of human networking that the Chinese government would be very interested in. I just can’t see a medium that would reach millions of people in an instant, all the time, would survive in China. The other thing is I don’t know how authentic/trustworthy people in China would find microblogging. I have been asked this question “you believe what you read online” over and over again. Oh well, let’s see. I think the bigger names (QQ/Tencent, whatever) will eventually get the critical mass.