I've only recently appreciated how much Twitter
is a part of my life. A
lot of folks I explain Twitter to say "huh? that seems frivolous".
That was my reaction, too. But now that Twitter is a daily part of my
life I really like it. Here's some ways Twitter has enhanced my life
- My old friend Richard was in SF
recently. I didn't know until he twittered that he was at his dentist,
so I twittered him back "you're a mile away from me. come for a glass
of wine". Great casual reunion.
- I needed to get rid of some old computer gear. I twittered a
suggestions and my friend Ned responded wtih good advice.
- Twitter search was a great way to keep up with chatter at the
- I use Twitter frequently as a replacement for SMS. Much easier to
remember usernames than phone numbers.
- Twitter in the background on my computer gives me a casual way to
stay connected with friends.
One thing that surprises me about my use of Twitter is that
it's almost exclusively a way for me to stay in contact with people I
already know. I don't really have new Twitter friends. I do have one
friend who meets new people via Twitter. The key thing there is the
iPhone app Twinkle
him tweets from other people near him; he's trying to meet people in a
new country so English tweets near him get his attention.
Also I almost never use Twitter as a mobile app. It's all computer
desktop for me (with Twhirl). I
do get SMS notification for direct tweets but I quickly found it
irritating to see all my friends' updates on my phone. OTOH I
frequently load my Twitter home page on my iPhone's web browser.
My favourite thing about Twitter is it's low obligation. Small updates
free me from the need to be eloquent, and the ephemeral nature of
tweets means missing some is no big thing. It enhances my social life
without being complex.
I'm an advisor to Twitter but this post is my
sincere, personal thoughts