By some coincidence, two articles or posts about Twitter crossed my digital sphere at almost the same moment… A few (geek) friends have tried to convince me that this will / would change my life… or at least the way I see it… I must say that I haven’t been convinced yet!
In time magazine, the cover story is about how twitter will change our lives… and the author, Steven Johnson, is convinced that this new way of communication brings us back to the essential… 140 characters-updates about the substance of your life for your followers… Althought he was skeptical at first, he seems to have changed his mind about this way of creating « ambiant awareness » of what’s happening in your network. The fact is, we cannot just simply ignore the millions of people twitting every day… They must find something (essential?) to it!
In February, Julian Dibbell asked almost the same question in Wired magazine… and wondering what Twitter users find in such a media that doesn’t already exists in SMS, blogs, chat…
Identifying Twitter’s comparative advantage, in other words — the compelling, real-world need that it alone among social media best fulfills — is hard. So hard that a recent blog post by legendary web-tech guru (and avid twitterer) Dave Winer all but conceded Twitter’s core appeal might remain forever shrouded in the ineffable. « There’s something there, » wrote Winer. « The challenge is to figure out what it is. »
[…] And just so, too, by forcing users to commit their thinking to the bite-size form of the public tweet, Twitter may be giving a powerfully productive new life to a hitherto underexploited quantum of thought: The random, fleeting observation.
Well, to say it frankly, millions of people use it and nobody knows why :-) … I hope Twitter users … THEY know! Personally, I still have some trouble to consider adding an important amount of staff to read… when I don’t even have time to read throughout ONE Time magazine every week :-(
But… oh, well… I’ll probably end up twittering in a few months… the same way I said I’d never blog…