March 4th, 2009
You can’t end a conversation with digital types these days without them making their fingers into guns and saying ‘Tweet ya later!’. But is Twitter really the future? Or is it the forerunner of something better…
Jaculate! is a new web service that takes the Twitter principles to extremes by giving users just a single character to play with. It may seem restrictive but just as Twitter’s 140-character limit makes users wittier and more concise, Jaculate!’s rules are also stimulating new creativity. Already a highly compressed language has evolved that is capable of surprising nuance.
‘L’ means ‘LOL. Jac u later!’.
‘c’ means ‘If anyone wants to meet up I’m coming to Crewe on the 1132 train on 12 October. Jac u later!’
‘C’ means ‘You have got to see this. Jac u later!’
‘F’ means ‘I’m stuck in a lift with Stephen Fry, not really. Jac u later!’
Whether Jaculate! will catch on outside the digerati is anyone’s guess. Its chief rival apart from Twitter is of course Extemporise, another new service which gives users a minimum word count of 140,000. Over a million users worldwide have already signed up to use Extemporise by giving a two-page proposal of what their first post will be about, and the treatises should start to appear in 2011. We can’t wait to see what the Twitter community will have to say about them!