I’ve found that twitter and identi.ca operate similarly to irc.
Hear me out. Irc is a group of people in a “room” talking to each other about one (or multiple) topics. Twitter/identi.ca is a group of people talking to each other about many different topics. The only difference between the two is that irc happens in real time, and twitter/identi.ca happens in sort of real time; much like a BBS or a message board.
Only there are no topics. No folders to hold different conversations. It’s like a web 2.0 message board with tags to organize what’s going on (on identi.ca anyway).
What does everyone else think of this? Try it out (either twitter or identi.ca) and tell me what you think.
I recommend identi.ca because the conversations are more intelligent (it seems). Creativegeek, don’t get mad at me! :)
Now, I’m off for some more reading, and maybe some Guitar Hero on Tour.