Twitter Quitter Fitter Happier?

March 19, 2007

I don’t think I’ve seen any technology sneaking up on the shark as fast as Twitter. I saw it nibbling around the edges, showing up on blogs I read, then suddenly at SXSW it was the best thing since sliced bread and Marmite. There’s now a “Twitterholic” page (similar to Alexaholic or the Technorati 100), Twittermaps, and Twittervision (A Google map that displays the latest public Twitter). This thing is moving so fast, I’m eagerly awaiting the inevitable complains about the Twitter A-List gettin’ in your Twitterific and stealing all ur Tweets.

Anyhow, I signed up last weekend. During this past week, I’ve already scaled back who I’m subscribed to because it’s just getting out of control.

Now don’t get me wrong, I still like Twitter, and plan to use it among a few bloggers I read, but I’m definitely not going to sign up for The New York Times on Twitter (a new tweet a minute? Argh!). I don’t need more reminders that I have several hundred unread articles in Twitter or my feed reader.

My new niche for Twitter is a supplement to my existing work flow. There is no way in heck would I use it to replace this blog, or my newsreader. I’m Twittering about mundane stuff to supplement the blog, and I think I’ve found a pretty decent space for it, where I’m taking a rest, because I might get obsessed or slack of with the blogging.

So here’s a poem I wrote in honor of my decision to limit my use of Twitter. In short, bite sized pieces, perfect for Twittering.

Additional Reading: Creating Passionate Users, Alex King,

Comments

  1. sang says:

    i didn’t know you were a radiohead fan.

  2. webomatica says:

    Hey sang yeah more and more so. I hope they come out with something new soon.

  3. engtech says:

    That’s the secret to any social app… subscribing to the right people. You have to be ready to unsubscribe if they noise is overwhelming the signal.

  4. engtech says:

    That's the secret to any social app… subscribing to the right people. You have to be ready to unsubscribe if they noise is overwhelming the signal.