Friday, May 18, 2007

Re-thinking Twitter defined

A reader of my blog who we'll call Janice Oglethorp, even though that isn't her real name (her real name is Dani Cutler), recently asked me this question:

I read your blog entry about re-organizing Twitter. What did you mean by that, if you don't mind me asking?

I've been re-evaluating how I use it- or more accurately, how I want to use it, myself. So when I saw your entry I thought I would inquire and see what your thinking was about it.

Thanks for the question, Janice. I look forward to killing... wait. Sorry. Ninja moment. Twitter is a cool tool and I'm imminently fascinated by things which I think are cool, and I really dig on telling you people about them here. But coolness wears off after a while. Honestly, the same thing happened to Twitter.

But I think I fixed it.

Look, I'm a busy guy. We're all busy people. One more thing to keep tabs on? I don't need it. But one more potential communication device? Now there's something I won't shy away from. And if it's a device that I can (and this is critical) choose to ignore when I don't have the time, we're into Groovy Land.

So that's how I've re-organized Twitter. My contact list has been paired down to those whom I have a vested interest in hearing from. Some I know, some I don't. But all of them post things that I may want to hear about -- when I choose to look. I don't feel the need to go back in time and see what I missed. I don't feel the need to look up every time Twitterific chimes at me. And I don't obsess over what I might be missing. Nope. It's an on/off situation for me. And I'm comfortable with it. I'll still communicate (still do communicate) out to all of you who have friended me -- thanks for doing that, by the way. I'll do my level best to make sure I only push out something when I have something worth saying.


  1. I hear you man. But I love following everyone, knowing exactly what they are doing. I'm a stalker like that :)

  2. I do understand what you mean. I think what has happened with a lot of people who use Twitter is they have reached a plateau of sorts (or a brick wall, depending on how you look at it). I mean, you start out by twittering every move you make, right down to the left or right butt cheek being scratched. Then you realize that you're answering every single person who twitters. Then you wonder- what the hell am I doing with this exactly? Then you reach that place where you need to re-think exactly what you want to use Twitter for. The newness of the relationship is over, and you need to figure out if this is going to be beneficial and last over the long haul or not.

    What you said here is key: "But all of them post things that I may want to hear about — when I choose to look. I don’t feel the need to go back in time and see what I missed. "

    Exactly. Besides, if you want to know what a specific person has said in the past 2, 4, or 8 hours, all you need to do is hit their twitter page and you catch up in a flash.

    I still find myself being too chatty at times, however I'm trying more and more to post relevant information and links- like the PodCamp AZ info earlier today. Because I do believe in what Twitter can be, as long as you control the media and it doesn't control you. ;)

    Glad you made my email into a post, and even more glad I didn't say something stupid, or bitch you out for no reason or some lame crap like that. :D


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