I promised you some more thoughts about using Twitter, so here we go.
As you know, I went in doubting it’s usefulness. I still think there’s a whole lot of stuff I don’t care about on there, but in the process of using it, I think I’ve stumbled into some good stuff, mostly in the area of instant information sharing. For example, the other night I left a post that said I was researching things to do when we’re in San Antonio next month, and got a couple of quick responses with suggestions. That’s pretty cool. That’s useful.
As I see it, the problem with IM for me has always been that you just never know what the other person is doing when you send a message, or whether they care about what you have to say at that moment. Using Twitter, you can send out a question or something that you’re working on, and if any of the folks following you has an idea, or wants to talk about it, they can. As I’ve gotten hooked up to some more folks, I think those sorts of things will happen more and more, so I think there’s a really good chance I’ll continue using it.
On the other hand, I took a look at Scoble’s Twitter profile and the various conversations going on there. There’s lot of good ideas and conversation going on, lots of good information being shared, but I would have a really hard time keeping up with all of that and trying to have a life, so I think there’s a sweet spot, somewhere that has enough people connected to you to be able to share information really well, but not so many that you end up doing nothing but tracking Twitter.