Is there a Twitting point?

Ross Mayfield says Twitter has tipped the tuna. There’s definitely a buzz here that if you’re not Twittering, you’re not cool. I was here a couple of years ago when a similar service, Dodgeball (pre being purchased by Google) was the hip thing of the moment. I could never really get it to work and frankly never understood it. And it only worked in some towns, not others and there was this sense that people knew where you were even if you didn’t want them to know. And then, there is Plazes, but I never figured that one out either. The Twitter folks have created an incredibly simple service (a micro blog?, an Texting blog?, what is this — and what is a nudge?), but I don’t think they’ve cured cancer of anything. I’m holding off on nominating them for a Noble prize.

Don’t brush it off, however.

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  • I have been playing with twitter but I haven’t quite figured out what I want to get out of it. I like it and think it is cool. I just don’t know what content I want to post to it.

  • I’m finding Twitter to be a good way to feel in touch with distant people on a day to day basis. I may not have reason to email or call them, but I get a feel for their lives through their updates.

    Additionally, if you have a huge group of followers (I don’t), you can use it for instant information. I’ve seen requests for local restaurant recommendations and names of quick label printing companies.

  • scott

    i can’t wait for the social networking/blog/user-based content/vlog/twitter/second life/mmorpg fad to go the way of excite chat, netscape navigator, colecovision and the 2400 baud modem.

    phone (wired/mobile/voip), email and im really is sufficient to stay in contact with people. as a tech/gadget geek it pains me to say it…but enough is enough.

  • It must be hitting critical mass because… I just signed up for it today. I seem to pick up on things later, after I see other blogs using a service. This happened with MyBlogLog. I just use myself as an example as I don’t see myself as a super early adopter.

  • Hudge

    The name is unfortunate, altho retrohip in a nerdy-geek sorta way. Brings back memories of Monty Python routines.