I’ve been using Twitter for a couple of weeks now, and to be honest I’m still not really getting it. This is probably down to the fact that there’s only a handful of work colleagues who I know use it. Most of my social circle would just not get it. I think this might be the first example of where I find a technology which I’m maybe too old for. I find SMS texting useful for quick one-to-one communication, but I don’t see too much value in twitter for this. My fear is that the Myspace/bebo generation probably do. That and the fact it has obviously been jumped on by those into the whole web 2.0 thang, which is great if you are in the places to build a network of connections with like minded people. In a middleware development role those opportunities are few and far between. Funnily enough the business card of the Senior Director of Enterprise Architecture I met at a customer last week didn’t have his blog, twitter, flickr or any other URL on it.
It may also have something to do with personality. I tend to build my network up based on physically meeting people rather than virtual connections. As such I might have some kind of psychological barrier to adding new “friends”, “contacts” and the like in such tools without actually physically knowing them.
Anyway, just to change the topic slightly, thinking about the way my life is now available online, and prompted by the comments on Andy’s Scrapbook post, I decided to create myself a Pipe to pull together my various feeds dotted around the place. So, if you want to know where I am, what I’m listening to, thinking about, blogging and taking photos of, here it is. Feel free to take a clone.