This is day 2 of my Twitter experiment and I must say it's not really what I expected. I thought I'd be throwing isolated tweets out into Twitter-space, similar to blogging. Blogging is generally a solitary endeavor. You write a blog entry and publish it. If you're lucky, you get some comments and some interaction, but often not. Twitter is a big group conversation, and it just keeps going and going.... As jbnann said "It's evolving into a gigantic party with brief conversations with interesting people. You swoop in and trade and move on."
Of course, there's a certain amount of pressure. People are following me! I should I think of something witty and intelligent to say! Ummm, yeah, well, some days are better than others in that area. :-)
The tool I'm using to monitor Twitter, Twhirl, was recommended in Stephen Cohen's article "Top Tools for the Twittersphere" in the June 2008 issue of Information Today. I have a twhirl window open right now on my second monitor, and the tweets just stream on by.
It's a little ironic. I've been working hard this month to get some control over my email. I'm diligently unsubscribing from the inevitable spam in my inbox. I'm creating filters to direct email to the proper folder. I'm trying to reduce email distractions. So now I can concentrate on the distraction that is Twitter. I probably need to ration my Twitter-ing.
So, this is fun, but is it useful? I actually CAN see some benefits in an enterprise environment. Maybe you're on a project team, and you follow your team member's Twitter stream, so you know exactly what they're doing, what they need help with, etc. It definitely has potential as a collaboration tool.
If you want to know more about Twitter you can hear Jim Milles talk about Twitter with Richard Leiter on BlogTalkRadio. He also wrote about Twitter and Online Community on his blog Buffalo Wings and Toasted Ravioli.
Only time will tell if I end up with a Twitter hangover. :-)