Check out David Carr’s article from the January 1st New York Times:
He does an excellent job of explaining why Twitter seems like a bad idea (corny name, yet another thing to check online, etc), but is actually a great one (curates a real time feed of information from people/organizations/businesses you are interested in, keeps those updates brief, allows you to search for up-to-the moment info on any topic…).
In the printed version of the Times, there was a nice subheading to the article, which I can’t find on the NYT website, but it said something like:
“Why the solution to too much information online might be… more information online.”
I think this captures the Twitter conundrum and he explains it well.
Finally, he makes an argument that Twitter is here to stay. Here’s my favorite quote:
“The history of the Internet suggests that there have been cool Web sites that go in and out of fashion and then there have been open standards that become plumbing,” said Steven Johnson, the author and technology observer who wrote a seminal piece about Twitter for Time last June. “Twitter is looking more and more like plumbing, and plumbing is eternal.”
So sign up and give it a shot. It only takes a few seconds and if you don’t like it, you can ignore your account. At least you have your favorite username locked down before someone else grabs it.
Plus once you’re on there you can follow The Husslington Post!