I’m busy exploring Twitter for the moment. There will be less updates here while I’m doing that.
What am I currently using Twitter for is not to really to chat, but to find information:
- discovering new users who post interesting information (by reading those ‘close’ to me)
- via retweets and original tweets, discovering the links to interesting blogs and zines and websites
- creating lists of people who tweet about one particular thing or another (in the last few days I have added people to ‘social media’, ‘ui-design’ and ‘marketing’
- occasionally retweeting an interesting article or tweet myself
- sometimes something funny cos I’m not a robot and it’s my account to do with as I please
So I’m actually not tweeting that much, and using it more like a work tool. However, something funny has happened the last few days – I’m being followed now by other people who are in the ‘social media’ and ‘marketing’ business.
Do you know what ? I’m thinking that Twitter is the latest refinement to finding your counterparts that are equally interested in the same subject or use the same mental gears as you do… Before that you had email, you had letters, you had clubs…
In the real world, you are constrained by your body and the bodies around you. Finding someone like-minded or like-interested was and is mostly coincidence or you need to make yourself be heard one way or another. There was a lot of chaff to go through before you found someone who thinks alike. Nowadays, with the bright siren calls of 140 character messages being thrown around, it’s easy to find someone and follow that person and another until you have a group of like-minded people around you. Makes you feel all warm and fuzzy. And somewhere therein lies a danger as well, methinks.
You can find me on twitter via @lexstok