If you haven’t heard about it yet, or if you’ve heard the name but don’t get it, you’re not alone, but coming to a feed/ inbox/ MSM article near you: Twitter.
Twitter is allegedly blogging meets TXT, a sort of cut down bare bones blogging platform that allows users to briefly update (max 140 characters) other people with details of their current activities.
Posts can be made via the Twitter website, mobile phone TXT messages or via a rather small and limited choice of IM clients.
Twitter has also become the must use service amongst the thought leaders in blogging and Web 2.0. Scoble, Rubel are just two names currently hyping Twitter, but even Scoble himself finds the buzz amazing (despite the fact he’s helping lead it)
(Twitter page: http://twitter.com/Scobleizer/statuses/6799461)
I’ve been taking in the hype over the last couple of weeks and I can list the advantages of the platform: it’s allegedly quicker than blogging (they haven’t seen my try to type on my Nokia :-) ), it supports TXT updates (outgoing) so you get the latest news on your phone, it’s less formal…
And yet I still don’t fully get the appeal of the service.
We already live in a feature and content rich society in which information overload isn’t theory, it’s an every day problem. Why then would sane people want to add yet another layer of information input when most of us struggle to cope as it is? As a contributer to the site, why would I want to post my every thought to Twitter when doing so takes me away from doing work of more substance? As a content creator why would I want to create content that only benefits a 3rd party site? after all Twitter is a hosted solution, not a platform like WordPress. As a reader, do I really want to know or even care about the latest off the cuff thought from Robert Scoble or other users for that matter? sure they might be handy in building a psychological profile, but for entertainment or information value?
Perhaps it’s just me. I’ve struggled to understand the value of MySpace for years, and yet I know it has value, 150 million + users can’t be wrong, but is Twitter my next MySpace? Share your thoughts, and sell me on why Twitter is the best thing since sliced bread.