I've always found it markedly unsurprising how huge Twitter has become. Personally, I'm a geek, was a geek before it was "cool" to be one, and have a tenancy to stumble upon (no pun intended) tech trends before others. My friends famously made fun of me for being an advocate (of Bluetooth*) circa 2001. Lately I've befuddled people by becoming enamored with my Kindle and insisting on mirroring my everyday computer screen on my living room TV.
For the last few months now, people who know this about have been asking me how long I've known about Twitter. Today I finally dug up an answer, along with my first blog post about Twitter. It's ironic reading this now, for a number of reasons, most significantly because instant messaging services are now mobile-enabled to a level with the iPhone's push notification service that makes possible what I had envisioned at least 4 to 5 years ago.
Now answer the question about my first experience with Twitter, I present my first Tweet along with the blog post I wrote shortly thereafter.
I just found out about it last night. It's like the old AIM away message thing everyone used to do, but 10 bazillion times better. Twitter has just about everything I ever wanted AIM's away messages to do and more. You can get an RSS feed of all your friends status messages (e.g. "away messages") so you can format it however you'd like. The best part is you can change your message via a text message, from the site or with a custom form you can build yourself! I'm totally geeked.
*Updated in 2016 for clarity