Twitter Fills a Communication Void

When attending the Web Community Forum a few weeks back I decided to start using Twitter on a regular basis after seeing how many conversations I was missing out on. I suggested that I might even be addicted to Twitter. Today, Matthew Ingram delves a little deeper into what is taking place when we use Twitter. Twitter provides a unique platform for communicating and has its own rules, the same way that chatrooms and IRC channels do.

I can opt to spend ten to thirty minutes responding to someone via a blog post or I can take ten to thirty seconds posting a response via Twitter. If you look at my volume of Twittering versus blogging in the past few weeks, you will see that my “tweets” have been much more frequent than my blog posts. Previously, I found philosophizing about Twitter to be a waste of time because I thought Twitter was a waste of time.

Twitter isn’t a waste of time though. It enables me to maintain communication with those that I have “weak ties” to (as Matthew Ingram points out). It has also helped me foster relationships with individuals that I may never have been connected to. In the world of digital communication, Twitter will soon rank among email, blogging and instant messaging. It’s a public chatroom that I can choose who the participants are. There’s no better chatroom online.

Is my obsession with Twitter unnecessary? I know plenty of my readers are not active Twitterers. Am I crazy?