I’ve been playing on twitter a bit recently – I find it quite an interesting little tool: quicker and easier than blogging and nuanced differently from e-mail.

A recent development which to put it bluntly, does my head in, is geo-location. It seems a flash new startup (with about as much chance of building a monetizable business as my left big toe) brightkite offers a geo-location twitter mashup.

One user in particular (and as tempting as it is I’ll not name them) seems to delight in sending positional updates every five minutes. Now call me a sceptic but I have two thoughts here;

  • If he were truly famous, he’d be trying to hide and remain incognito
  • If he’s not it’s akin to walking around with a sandwich board saying “paparazzi come here”

The saying that comes to mind (not really analogous but you’ll get the drift) is “don’t be modest, you’re not that good”, come on guys attention seeking is just sooooo 1.0

So as my contribution to the high-level conversation that is twitter geo-location, here follows a recent exchange between me and Julian;

benkepes benkepes @Julian101 i’m sitting in my study watching a southerly roll in – which could be a lie or the truth and frankly… who cares
Julian101 Julian101 @benkepes Agree… who cares if we know they’re taking a poo..
Julian101 Julian101 @benkepes Turning my head looking out a window.
Julian101 Julian101 @benkepes I’m taking a drink
Julian101 Julian101 @benkepes I’m in a chair
benkepes benkepes why the frig do some on twitter insist on sending their location every 5 minutes – trying to gain a following or something?
Ben Kepes

Ben Kepes is a technology evangelist, an investor, a commentator and a business adviser. Ben covers the convergence of technology, mobile, ubiquity and agility, all enabled by the Cloud. His areas of interest extend to enterprise software, software integration, financial/accounting software, platforms and infrastructure as well as articulating technology simply for everyday users.

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