Smart Mobs has a collection of recent posts reflecting upon Twitter: Global distribution of Twitter users, Twittering churches, and Who really benefits from broadcasting via Twitter?.
The most tweets are apparently coming from Tokyo, then New York and San Francisco. This is based on the first 300,000 tweets collected by Twitterment via the Twitter public timeline API. Other countries that have a top ten city are Canada, Singapore, and Spain.
Twitter has many alternate uses, and has the potential to become an extremely valuable messaging service, but it’s lacking in social networking features. One proposed use of Twitter is to send out short prayers or nice thoughts. The congregation could subscribe by SMS text messaging on their cell phones.
While this could be an interesting idea and would no doubt draw subscribers to the feed, doubling or tripling the 140 character limit would make a difference. I think 140 characters is too restrictive, even with the conversion of long URLs to tinyURL forms. Maybe even have the ability to include a graphic – though of course that may lie danger.
If someone does put together a Prayer Twitter feed, I can’t help thinking that there might be a nice tie in to GodTube or a similar service. No reason there can’t be a multi-faith Twitter-like service, except maybe religious politics.