Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Twitter

On the right, under "Tweets"

Most people seem to see Twitter as the next step on social networking and blogging -- that is, something technophiles and narcissistic yuppies do to feel important.

I don't doubt that's at least partially true. I fully admit I'm somewhat of a narcissist. But at the same time, it's nice to see little messages from friends about thoughts they've got or something that just happened to them. Some people do try too hard to be humorous or random, but most just give honest updates about things they're thinking. It's enjoyable. Also because it's limited to 140 characters, they're always short and can be written/read quickly. Very nice when you're busy.

There's another reason I really like Twitter, and that's that it has the power to connect people more directly than things like Facebook or blogs. If I can be on Twitter, do a tweet to Neil Gaiman, Elijah Wood, or Trent Reznor, and get a personal response back from them within minutes, there's something really cool about that. As I said in an earlier post, it lets you know that they're people, too. Yes, they're busy with projects and things they're working on and probably get lots of fan mail which makes it hard to respond most of the time, but they still like connecting with people and answering questions when they can. If you're a fan of someone on Facebook, they might have seen your profile pic once; if you follow their blog and comment, it's possible they read your comment, but getting a response is unlikely due to the sheer number of comments they get; if you write a letter or e-mail, again, it's likely they'll be read, but a personal response is sometimes just not feasible.

Maybe it's just me, but I think it's pretty cool. Also, very useful for news.

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