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Everyone's a twitter about Twitter

February 19th, 2007 · 4 Comments · Current Affairs, Innovation & Creativity, Passion, Web/Tech

Picture_1_1 Twitter, by their own FAQ definition is "a community of friends and strangers from around the world sending updates about moments in their lives."

After watching it for a week or so, I decided to give it a try, as you can see in the right hand column of this blog.  Like it or not, you will now be able to peek into the deep and dark recesses of  my mind.  Best tie a rope around your waist so you can pull yourself out when you’ve had enough!

What value does it bring?  Why does it matter?  Why would I add it to my world?

I can’t tell you yet, because I don’t know.  There is something incredibly interesting to me about sharing both the mundane and the monumental moments that, in a flash, are gone. 

When I did a Google blog search, I discovered that lots of people have already been talking about twitter.  So I thought I’d give you a snippet of their perspectives. 

David Armano (Logic + Emotion) wonders if Twitter will be polluted by product placement.
Kathy Sierra  (Creating Passionate Users) who makes the argument that our brains just can’t take much more.
Robert Scoble (Scobleizer) is all about maxing his Twitter contact list.

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.   You can also go  here, here or here.

From a personal perspective — it’s almost like having a secret friend you can whisper to.  Of course, you need to remember that your secret friend is a blabbermouth and anyone can listen in. 

From a marketing perspective — what do you think it says?  I wonder if it is more evidence of how, in this uber connected world, many people feel even less connected and less heard.  Or perhaps it means our blended obsession with technology and instant gratification has taken on a whole new level.

What do you think it means?

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4 Comments so far ↓

  • David Armano

    Drew,

    It’s not that big of a deal. Initially before i started using it, I thought “how connected do we have to be??”

    But to me this seems like a simple way to share what I call life’s “short stories”. And some of these stories are boring as heck. They just happen to be true.

    It’s not for everyone. That’s the beaut of these things. We pick and choose what makes sense for us.

    The Web is more of an all you can eat buffet vs. a gourmet restaurant. Show a little restraint and you just might enjoy yourself.
    :)

  • Drew McLellan

    David,

    When I first saw it and read about it…I thought of it as sort of a stream of consciousness toy.

    Then, I started seeing more posts about it. Some viewed it as mmore tech fun and others, as I’m sure you’ve read — dug deeper into it.

    I think it’s an interesting “debate” and experiment.

    It will be fun to watch how different people use it. For me, I suspect it will be kind of like electronic tourettes.

    Drew

  • Andy Brudtkuhl

    I still haven’t gotten into it. I think it’s a fad. Besides – does anyone care how much I sit on my couch with my laptop watching Seinfeld?

  • Drew McLellan

    Andy,

    I was wondering today, how much will people edit themselves on Twitter. I think it might evolve into a way friends sort of “touch” each other during the day.

    It will be interesting to watch!

    Drew

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