A friend asked me a question about Twitter the other day. I had never used it before, so I got signed up. Turns out over 15 people in my gmail address book have Twitter profiles. Some of them were following me within minutes of signing up. Pretty amazing technology. Great to be able to make posts with a simple text message from the phone.
All that said, I have to admit that Twitter isn’t really doing much for me. In general, I’m not interested in inflicting my every thought on others (nor do I want to read theirs). Because of the simplicity and connectivity, I can envision some useful applications. It’s a great way to preserve thoughts and ideas. Some writers might be witty or insightful enough to inspire a devoted following. Webs of friends can communicate in new ways.
But what is here for libraries? I’m not sure. I’ve seen some Twittering libraries that post mini-news items. That’s cool. I’ve also seen libraries that post new books. Also fun. But kind of random. Unless you’re paying attention at the right moment, you probably miss anything you’re really interested in. As a kind of “short attention span” form of entertainment, I guess it’s pretty effective.
But I wouldn’t advise people away from Twitter. I suppose in order for the breakthrough application to develop, a lot of mundane has to happen first. So, Twitter on my friends!