2 Twit or not 2 Twit


Robert Scoble posted a picture of Twitter's door. Part of his day was spent visiting their offices. Biz sent out an email announcing new hires, the tracker function, and promoting the new PBS Show Wired Science who you can follow @ http://twitter.com/wiredscience. Here's a link to Anita Hamilton's Time article 'Why Everyone's Talking About Twitter' (from March '06, after SXSW).

I love Twitter, I'm addicted to it and I am completely voyeuristic when it comes to some people whom I've never met. It supplies a real time snapshot of developments in the Web 2.0, social media arena. It's just a place to post random thoughts that you think are worth sharing in less than 140 characters. The tired argument against Twitter is than everyone just posts "I'm eating a burrito". Which isn't true. Twitter is an easy way to discuss events, ideas, news stories, new photos.

The problem is that unless you have a blog or a web site that you are posting longer stories or you have a totally unrelated job it's easy to just post sentences as often as you want during the day and feel like you're really accomplishing something. Businesses that use twitter are smart but very few of them get it right. There are weird Twitter spammers who befriend you in the hope of getting you to friend them back.
The beauty of Twitter is that you can follow and unfollow whomever you want (as long as they're not locked into just people they know so you can test which Twits you find interesting and which you get very annoyed by.

It's frustrating that some of the people you want to communicate with have no interest in following you. You can still respond to them by starting off your Twit with @theirname. Interestingly some of the people using Twitter most effectively like Robert Scoble, Jason Calacanis, and Guy Kawasaki follow more people than follow them facilitating deeper relationships through two way communication. It's one thing to evangelize and it's another to listen. In a sense I wish there were groups, although I like the freedom to pick and choose. Personally I'm a tad more interested in TV than the average Twitterer and I would like to be able to communicate with the TV people without bothering the rest of my Twitter universe.

To twit or not to twit, that is the question. I vote yes.


Nicholas Carr writes about MSNBC buying Newsvine. Newsvine appears to be a web site where readers upload links to the stories they find most interesting. Right now the story that most readers find to be most interesting is from Slate, 'Why Americans Should Ingest More Excrement'. OMG.

1 comment:

David Berkowitz said...

Thanks for alerting me to your post here. I'm all for the listening part of it. But a) quite a few people who I follow who are incredible writers don't have much of substance in Twitter, and b) it still takes a ton of time to do this listening thing through Twitter. I'm not yet convinced it's the most efficient way to listen.