Twitter Pt II: Useful? Yes–plus I know when everyone goes to bed

Mirrored from my post in the Tech PR Gems blog:

A week ago, I blogged my skepticism about Twitter— would it be useful, or would I burn out with the overload?

The answer is, both.

Since that post, Gideon Television kept me online with some “extreme gonzo twittering,” and I have stuck with it, with increasingly good results. Even though he is now gone from Twitter.

The good?

  • Some very interesting links have been pushed my way, like a CIO Insight article on Second Life
  • I actually like the idea that people alert me when they post to their blogs. It has kept me engaged– those, and the constant updates on the very entertaining Network2.tv video contest
  • There have been at least a couple of online events I or others have joined due to Twitter alerts– that might not have happened otherwise
  • Seeing live Twitters from events such as SXSW and New Communications Forum has been instructive (and could be more so).
  • Quick answers to questions (actuals: where do you go to look for widgets? What kind of digital camera do you like? Are superheroes back in style?)
  • I have actually done a little business-related communication that started in Twitter

The not so good:

  • I now know when everyone on my friends list goes to bed, and what they have for lunch every day– TMI, and adds ot the clutter (no offense, of course).
  • Presidential hopeful John Edwards needs to be more interactive– points for being online, but so far it has only been 1-2 “here’s where I am” messages a day. I need more than that
  • I need to behave myself (so far so good)– this is such a mix of personal and professional communications, that a bad statement from one side reflects poorly on the other

So, I stay on

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