What I learned from Twitter This Week

I began tweeting in April 2006 at the Web 2.0 Expo and after a short hiatus have been back tweeting daily (I would say "religiously" but I've been attempting to avoid hyperbole lately). While my friends and co-workers can't for the life of them understand the appeal, or importance, of Twitter...frankly, I can't see how they can't. (One caveat here, I do have a mild obsession-- and even woke up one morning realizing that I had just been dreaming in tweets).

Twitter is where the conversations are, and has pretty much replaced my Google reader! Its like the back of the news room where everyone is chattering and thinking aloud and brainstorming before they actually post to their blogs. I used to say I'd read something in the blogosphere two days before it was in print--and a day before the print publication's online counterpart--and now I feel that I can get a sense of what will be in the blogosphere days before the posts go up via Twitter feeds. More than empirical information regarding business or blogging or 2.0...Twitter offers nuanced insight into the lives of others.

This week, not only did I keep keep up with all the bloggers I normally read and find the usual information on Android and Facebook and Apple being anti-social, but I also found out that Allen Stern may be depressed, Max Kalehoff's kid had a birthday party, and Biz Stone was in a conference room at Oxford University. What does this information matter? Maybe it doesn't, but keying into the this kind of information from some of the most dynamic influencers in this ever-evolving communications landscape--surely is worth something in the bucket?

And this just noticed...Allen got a $20million offer for CenterNetworks? Really?


Anonymous said...

who said $20 million - I won't accept anything less than 21.2 million!

-- allen

Gavin Heaton said...

Dreaming in Tweets? Wow, that is serious.

Like anything, early adopters have to find the paths to engagement that will work for others. Sometimes it is fun, sometimes frustrating. But at least it is never boring.