Twitter is a promising place to learn foreign languages. Anyone can write 140 characters in a language they're learning.
If you want a realtime, rapid fire conversation on twitter, you will need a few tools and to look at twitter differently:
The #hashtag is the chat room
Hashtags signal the world that a bundle of tweets are related somehow, like maybe it is a single group conversation or a virtual chat room.
#tokichat is a good hashtag for chatting. The #tokipona hashtag has spam.
If you don't want to use the tweetchat interface, you can approximate it in any client using a hashtag search. Someday #tokichat will be overrun with spam, too and the community
will need to move on to a new hashtag.
Everyone is their own moderator
In twitter chat, each user is responsible for filtering out obnoxious people or spammers. On tweetchat, this is right in the interface, click the user and select block and they disappear from the chat room--but just for you.
Where is the chat log?
Remember, everything on twitter is entirely public. Even though chats persist, Twitter doesn't keep tweets for ever-- it seems that old tweets slowly disappear.
TweetBackup can backup just what you said, or anything on a hashtag.
I've lost the thread--how can I follow a two person conversation?
The lack of threading is most obvious on your friend tweet stream where often you can only see half the conversation.
Twitter initially didn't think about threaded conversations, so you may need to resort to using tools like Twitter chat to
follow what is a response to what. This would also be useful where you suspect some people are forgetting to put the hashtag into their tweets.
Are there any downsides?
Twitter is a type of broadcast-- all your followers can see your twitter chatting. Your twittering will flood your stream and potentially annoy your ordinary followers.
This another reason why you want to have two twitter accounts, one for toki pona and one for everything else. On the other hand, this isn't that serious of a problem because everyone is twittering and everyone's tweets will
eventually roll of the bottom of the page.