I could never see the point of Twitter and resisted signing up. Now somedays I find that although I haven’t emailed, or written on anyone’s Facebook wall, or read posts and lefts comments on blogs – I have “tweeted” through the day.
What appeals about it is:
a) Each “tweet” (post) or response/reply is limited to 140 characters.
It’s almost a cross between mini blogging, status updates (like on Facebook or MySpace) and a place to chat which can be in real time or like a forum, when you’re ready to respond.
b) There’s usually one or two of my contacts around at any one time so I can get *almost* real time interaction.
A real person somewhere responding to my questions, ponderings and ideas.
My contacts are a mix of people artists, crafters, media types, moms, chronically ill folks and much more including Brits, Americans, Irish, Canadians and Europeans.
And *conversation* is limited to these 140 character snippets – which seems to fit with my ME brain pretty well.
Now I have to use a client on my PC to make life a bit easier. It alerts me when new tweets come through and if my computers been off it only gets the 20 or so most recent ones. It always brings me replies and direct (private) messages and any tweet that mentions me by name (username that is). And the client on my computer makes easy for me to send replies, check people out, search for things and so on. I use twhirl but there are loads about.
What is not so good is that the more people you get to know the more tweets there are to keep up with and read. Often I have to scan read and a lot of the time if there’s loads I only look at my favourite folks as I scroll through them.
But where I am alone for the largest part of my waking day and limited in what I’m able to do (thanks ME) it’s proving a good thing to be using. Maybe it’s seems a bit superficial to have 140 character contact with people (most of whom) I’ve never met – but like blogging, social networks like Facebook, internet shopping and banking, it really helps to keep me in touch with the world outside these 4 walls of the house.
You can find me on twitter under my rachelcreative username.