Overheard on Twitter:
More than a few have emailed or commented to me asking about Twitter, my thoughts on it, and why I added the "twitter this" button under my face on the right. Those are all good questions.
I wish I had some definitive answers. I'm still not convinced what it's ultimate purpose will be, but one thing it has done for me is give me the ability to monitor the thought streams of "My Friends" on Twitter. While it's true that some of that though stream is just plain silly, a good number of interesting nuggets of thought and links to sites I might not have found otherwise have come as a result. I use a Mac only application called Twitteriffic. It makes it simple to monitor the "micro blogs" coming from these friends. Here are a few examples:
Robert Scoble: "Many devs I meet are going to Macs and won't likely to switch back to Windows to develop apps (at least in startups)."
Jason Calacanis if twitter down time is any indication they are going to be 2x as big as EBAY"
Loren Nason: "working on a project blogger site"
Paul Chaney: "This could get addictive. . .for a while at least"
Pat Kitano: "Jeff Turner ResPres has gotten me into twittering... he has his pulse on everything techneat." (thanks, Pat!)
Twitter does not give me access to information older than 24 hours in my friends stream. These are just a few tidbits from the past 24 hours. Where is this going? I don't know for sure. The point is, I don't need to know for sure. It has already provided value and a way to connect with people and ideas I certainly would not have otherwise. Heck, CNN started streaming breaking news there, so who knows what's coming next.
Should you check it out? Sure. Nothing ventured, nothing gained. If you do go sign up, come back here and try the "Twitter This" button. Then you'll know why I did it.
Can I guarantee you'll "get it?" No. I'm not sure I do. :)