Looking at my Twitter account is pretty funny. It's not unlike my YouTube account, MyBlogLog account and many others like it. I get into these things early, get bored or disillusioned, and then all of a sardine get back into it later. My tweets stopped in March and have restarted now in November.
I'm an early non-adopter.
I'm not going to write about the benefits of Twitter - that's been done ad nauseam. What I would like to highlight is how it's changing my publishing habits. I'm consuming and producing information in tiny 140 character titbits. And it's great. I'm taking quick pics on my phone, even recording quick videos (my N95 is perfect for that) and publishing them online. It's fast, fun and catching on quickly. I'm tapping into the long tail of (to quote Richard MacManus) persistent social intelligence.
From a business perspective, Hugh MacLeod talks about Twitter as the micromedia for micromarketing. Fascinating stuff:
Everybody is sponsoring the big mega-events, with the disconcertingly faint hope of scoring Mainstream-Media pickup. Instead we're going for the opposite extreme. Micromarketing. Micromarketing on Micromedia.
I've said it before and will say it again. If you have any interest whatsoever in this space, weather the initial skepticism and the natural aversion to new stuff, and use it. You'll learn something about yourself and look at your work differently.
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