Twitter is hyped for some months now but I can’t see the cool thing about it. Maybe it’s because of its proprietary nature (you can’t transfer from twitter to another microblogging platform).
But there is a microblogging alternative which respects their users, their privacy and follows open standards:
Identi.ca is an Open Network Service. Our main goal is to provide a fair and transparent service that preserves users’ autonomy. In particular, all the software used for Identi.ca is Free Software, and all the data is available under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 license, making it Open Data.
The software also implements the OpenMicroBlogging protocol, meaning that you can have friends on other microblogging services that can receive your notices.
The goal here is autonomy — you deserve the right to manage your own on-line presence. If you don’t like how Identi.ca works, you can take your data and the source code and set up your own server (or move your account to another one).
If a microblogging service makes sense for you and adds value to your life is another question. But if you want to try it out, use Identi.ca so you are not getting stucked with a proprietary service.
Btw. my username is stefon and here you can subscribe my identi.ca messages.