Hi, I’m Tris and I’m addicted to Twitter…
I think it’s the fact that the messages are short and the flow of information is so fast that I just enjoy it. Rapid-fire, simultaneous discussions with tons of people at once (yeah “tons” isn’t terribly exact, I know). Twitter fills a niche between email and IM. Listservs and forums.
I’m certainly not going to be on the “Twitter solves all the world’s problems” bandwagon, but I do see it as something that works really well right now.
For example, as news of the F-18 crashing in San Diego was breaking, I caught a tweet from Rick Sanchez of CNN asking if there were people on the ground there (presumably to feed CNN with info). Could we really have imagined that even a year ago?
Scoble, though, has a beef with Twitter and Facebook that I don’t agree with. Scoble hates Twitter DMs and Facebook email, frankly I agree with the Facebook part. If you want me to ignore you message, send it via Facebook. On the other hand you want me to answer as fast as I can, DM me.
DMs are the “flash action message” of the Net to me. I get them, read them, and deal with them. Heck it’s only 140 characters. Yes, as Scoble points out, sometimes you need more space so I reply back with email me at… I also think the system where you can’t DM someone who doesn’t follow you but you follow them is kinda silly. Yes it does have a nice bit of protection in there, maybe a warning when sending “You aren’t following this person so they can’t DM back..” would be nice.
Ross Mayfield doesn’t agree with Scoble on the DM question either, but goes into the area of reciprocity that I don’t agree with, per se. Ross sees that replying is optional in Twitter, that you don’t have to follow back or respond to every @reply (could be misinterpreting him though on that point), I agree with not always following back (I don’t, but follow back most) however I try to reply to all @ replies when I see them.
Which brings me to the point of the post: where does Twitter fit into your communication stream? Is it a vital info point? Nice distraction once and a while? Just plain annoying?
Interestingly enough, FriendFeed still doesn’t hit my radar often. Now if TweetDeck had FriendFeed in it, I’d probably interact with it more. Scoble’s post on FriendFeed, I can’t figure out if he’s trying to be ironic or serious. Kinda like, no don’t blog unless you don’t want to earn money or express yourself.