I am not sure yet about Twitter….
Twitter is a very popular micro-blogging tool that had its coming out party last year at the SXSW conference/festival. Wikipedia defines Twitter as:
“Twitter is a free social networking and micro-blogging service that allows users to send “updates” (or “tweets”; text-based posts, up to 140 characters long) to the Twitter website, via short message service (e.g. on a cell phone), instant messaging, or a third-party application such as Twitterrific or Facebook.”
I started using Twitter about 9 months ago when it first came thru my aggregator. I started using it at first to simply explore the micro-blogging medium but I soon dropped it because it was proving to be largely distracting and little value as far as new information/ideas were concerned.
It looks as if I am following the typical “Twitter Life Cycle“. I would say I am beyond what Darcy said but I am still not quite where Vicki is.
The tools you are using certainly can be a game changer. I tried Twitterific and it was buggy and inconsistent. I am now using Snitter (an Adobe Air app) and I love it. I think this will be a positive for Twitter as the tools mature and evolve.
The other issue seems to be around community. I think I made a mistake when I chose to follow too many people with varying interests. I need to pick off the thought leaders and let them do the filtering for me. I think this will help to solve my signal-to-noise issue. There is also the issue of adoption and K12 issues. Twitter seems to be approaching the tipping point….I am doing my best to help!