I am feeling engulfed by Twitter - it has become a staple of my day. I have updates appearing on my desktop computer and every few seconds I hear a little sound that lets me know that someone has updated their moment to moment existence on Twitter. I really have to work hard not to continually go and check to see what someone has written.
I'm not sure why I Twitter, in the same way that I'm not sure why I update my status on Facebook. Maybe it's a way to feel connected with a larger community as I work alone in my studio most of the time. I absolutely love hearing from some folks, and others I seem to ignore. What is it that draws me to some, and not others?
Hilary, of Designing Hilary - http://57designstudio.blogspot.com/2009/01/tweet-tweet.html has an interesting perspective on Twitter - she writes that there are different takes on how to use Twitter effectively - some believe use it as a vehicle of self-promotion, and others think personal sharing is what brings people in. I know that I filter out many updates I receive and am more likely to read them when they are personal - in particular ones that focus my attention on what's current, whether on the news or in their lives. I am not wanting to know what someone had for breakfast, or that they have a dentist appointment today. I'm more a feeling oriented person and like knowing how they are feeling, what they are struggling with, needing a break from, wanting to focus on, new learnings, etc. That said, I also read posts that have to do with jewelry making, networking, marketing tips, new ideas for displays, etc. Most importantly it needs to connect to some part of my life. This virtual world I've created is full of wonderful people I likely will never meet, but feel that in some profound way they are known to me and I am known to them.
How cool is that?