For those of you still not using (or at least trying) Twitter, or if you’d like to learn about some resources that can make your Twittering more interesting or useful, check out this comprehensive post by digital media professor Kathy Gill (University of Washington). Good history, good explanations, great list of resources.
Plus, don’t miss the Twitter Fan Wiki for even more tweety goodness.
I’m still not a constant Twitter user myself — it kind of happens in batches for me — but it’s still a lot of fun. I’ve met people in my own area that use Twitter and maintained some interesting pseudo-connections with people very, very far away.
- it’s better than IM, because it’s asynchronous in nature — like e-mail
- it beats blogging every thought that comes into your head
- it’s highly mobile — via iPhone with web or any cell phone with SMS
- it offers a fascinating stream-of-consciousness view of the world
- it actually informs me about the world — it’s faster than RSS feeds, far faster than web sites and the news I capture via Twitter friends is much more relevant to me (most recent example was learning about the midwest earthquake before I heard about it anywhere else)
- my wife won’t sign up, so I can say whatever I want! 😉