I have to admit, I'm woefully behind on this trend. I went away on vacation in late February, missed all of the NewComm Forum coverage, and am trying to catch up on real work.
In the meantime, Twitter has rocketed to the forefront of the social media space. Take a look at these traffic statistics from Alexa since last October:
For those of you who may not know Twitter, it's a very simple tool that allows you to share thoughts on the fly, either via the Web, phone or IM. You can Twitter away into the ether, or you can develop a group of friends and let them know what you're up to. If you'd like to be my Twitter friend, you can find me at: www.twitter.com/scottmonty
Steve Rubel, one of the most enthusiastic early adopters (or a lot of social media tools!) questioned how to best use Twitter vis a vis blogging. While it may be good for sharing quick ideas on the fly, it's no substitution for a well thought out blog post with deeper perspective. It's like the difference between IM and email.
Others have varying opinions of Twitter: Dave Armano is clearly a fan, while Kevin Dugan loathes it. Todd Defren argues that it helps him connect to colleagues across the country. Armano makes the argument that it's at least worth checking out before you ignore, so you know what it's capable of. I was guilty of pooh-poohing it, until I signed up yesterday and I can see how it would be addictive.
Twitter is inherently more useful to me than Second Life because it requires so little attention and is so easy to use. Twitter is relevant to my daily activities and helps keep me focused on them, rather than drawing me into an artificial world that keeps me from being productive. It's also much more personal than Second Life. Hey! How about that? A social media tool that helps you be more social!