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Stephen Fry, the unlikely Web 2.0 pioneer

by Scott Bicheno on 4 February 2009, 10:38

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Twitter, the micro-blogging service, has been getting a fair bit of publicity of late, thanks in no small part to the efforts of British comedian and national institution Stephen Fry.

In case you don't already know, the main differences between Twitter and regular blogging is that you're only allowed to publish (or ‘tweet', to use the vernacular) 140 characters at a time and what you write is only read by people who subscribe to your Twitter feed.

Fry has managed to acquire over 110,000 followers and counting as he gives real time updates on what he's up to every day. His following went exponential after he discussed Twitter with Jonathan Ross on the latter's first show after being put on what Fry dryly called "the naughty step" by the BBC for his famous ill-judged phone call.

Those followers who were still checking their Twitter feed at 10pm yesterday read the following tweet from Fry: "Ok. This is now mad. I am stuck in a lift on the 26th floor of Centre Point. Hell's teeth. We could be here for hours. Arse, poo and widdle."

Fry even started uploading photos of the experience: "Here we are x http://twitpic.com/1bgnt" and "No shit, Sherlock .... http://twitpic.com/1bgp1".