Despite loving what both these ladies have to say on a regular basis, I have to say I’m with Kathy Sierra rather than Tara Hunt on the matter of Twitter. Frankly, I just don’t get it, and would love to have someone I understand and respect explain why they love it to me.
Now, let it be said, I’m a registered Twitter user, but I just don’t touch it. I have several friends and colleagues who are also registered, and their level of interest pretty much matches mine. Which is to say, none.
We all started using Twitter a few months back, and our level of interest peaked after about 36 hours and then bottomed out pretty quickly. We all use IM of several sorts. We all use email. We all sent text messages to each other. But be damned if I can figure out why you’d want a continuous stream of consciousness from your mates appearing on your phone or in IM. Not to mention, my working life is just too busy to be breaking out of my work stream of consciousness into one where I tell everyone else about it.
Is Twitter social networking with value?
I love the whole social networking phenomenon and have what I consider to be a usefully active online life using a lot of those tools (Skype, Upcoming, Last.fm, del.icio.us, etc.) but I just don’t need an every moment as it happens insight into anyone’s life. And nor do I feel the need to broadcast mine to anyone else. And hey, when I do want that insight, like Kathy, I’d prefer to get together for coffee or lunch or poker or an afternoon of playing RPGs.
Where is your attention and need fulfillment
The notion of Twitter as providing always-on partial attention into your life doesn’t cut it with me. If you’ve got a busy life, your attention ought to be focussed on that – on your work and then on your face-to-face social life, not on Twitter. Life lived through Twitter suggests to me an inability to focus on what’s important – work and people in the flesh. Interaction in the Twitter form lacks meaning. There’s no possible way it can fulfill the Third Need.
What do you think? Are you a Twitter user? Are you bought in to the whole phenomenon? Or, like me, are you unconvinced and waiting for the fall?