So I learn from Bryan Appleyard -- see Thought Experiments : The Blog: Twitter -- that he isn't a fan of Twitter (or Twittr as might have been a trendier name for the mini-blogette). That doesn't surprise me. Bryan points to an interview with Twitter's founder, Evan Williams, at Technology Review, to which I subscribe but had missed this article.
"Launched in March 2006, Twitter lets people broadcast short messages from computers and phones to anyone in the world. The idea has generated a fair amount of buzz, but while some people love the idea of a constant stream of updates, others are appalled. "
I still find it hard to gain access to Twitter and hence have never really got into it. From the little experience I have had, I can see that it is a great resource for one's online circle of friends, if one has such a thing and if they are all the Twitter type. But although in principle I might like knowing what they might be up to at any given nanosecond, I would not be interested in knowing what everyone in the world is doing at the same frequency. Even if my day wasn't full with my job, I don't have the time or patience for the permanent distraction from a longer-term task, maybe something that would take a whole five minutes.
But the flip side is that I bet Twitter is great for people who are isolated and who have time to kill -- it probably prevents a lot of nervous breakdowns. Hence I would not call it a "vision of hell", as does a certain person. I am definitely not an "instant messaging" kind of person, particularly when I do manage to log on and I see a message from the Twittermakers saying "what are you doing to help with our climate crisis? Live Earth has great tips". In 140 words max, I presume.