Much has been written on, about and around Twitter – with a clear acceleration over the past… three weeks ? Essentially the traffic on the site, and the number of mentions in the blogosphere seem to be highly correlated – which is not surprising since a lot of the Twitterati are also highly visible bloggers.
I had not paid much attention to Twitter during my 6–months blogging break, but discovered it two weeks ago when hanging out with my friends Scott Beale and Robert Scoble – who have been twittering away for some time. I jokingly told Scott that I would never use “that” but I did twitter quite a bit at Ted 2007, and since then.
What works for me with Twitter is the fact that I can fire one comment, one thought, one message, in 30 to 60 seconds. And not bother with presenting, formatting or developing that idea – because, or I should say thanks, to the 140 characters limit. I have always had difficulty at writing posts of less than 200 to 500 words, and so that artificial constraint is actually interesting. Obviously, the editorial value of these 140–character messages tend to “vary greatly”, and I would expect only a small number of close friends and/or associates to be interested in that “stream of consciousness”.
What struck me, or at least surprised me, what the speed at which Twitter got its mention in the New York times, was called the blogging killer, had its first mashups, and created a passionate debate between fans and opponents. Talking about mashups, Twittervision is really way cool, and could easily be applied to photostreams.
So it is something new and important happening in front of us, or is it a fad that will burn out that much faster ?
I say who cares? If it is truly useful to some people (like Tara “Miss Rogue” Hunt), it will find its (killer) application amongst other publishing and collaboration tools. And in the meantime I have added my own Twitter badge on this blog.
Disclosure: I have no interest in Obvious Corp, the makers of Twitter.