Twitter Thoughts

So after a few weeks of, um, tweeting, I’ve decided that I kind of enjoy it although I’m not sure I can fully articulate why. I entered the fray as a skeptic to say the very least, but I have to admit that it’s grown on me.

If I had to describe the service concisely, I’d say that it’s IRC without the noise and instant messaging without the immediacy. The first is a good thing, the latter is probably a push. I also like that I can vent, think and write without feeling like I should be expecting a response or like I owe someone else a response when they do the same. There’s no, how do I phrase this, pressure of actual dialog. That sounds sad and antisocial, but sometimes it’s kind of convenient. As @sunrisedesign so congenially pointed out the other day, I often use Twitter as a vehicle for self-communication.

Short story: I didn’t think I’d have much use for it when I started and that’s probably true – I don’t have much use for it. Nonetheless, I’m having fun with it. What’s life without a little inexplicable whimsy?

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  1. Kyril said...

    I definitely should congratulate your tenacity. In my experience w/ “tweeting”, I don’t even think I made it a full week. Either I lack the discipline to keep it up, or I just don’t have all that much to say…I’m not exactly sure.

    That said, however, my brief twitter experience has me considering the possibilities of similar platforms being used to provide mass services (or even organize mass games), rather than being just a highly public bulletin board.

  2. Rob Wilkerson said...

    From what I understand, you may be better off looking to Pownce as a model for that kind of distributed, collective content platform. Judging by what I’ve read – not personal experience – they’ve done Twitter better, but in the course of doing so, launched later and lost the marketshare.

    That said, I’ve never actually seen Pownce. :-)