I have become a much more frequent user of Twitter in the past few months. What I found helpful was finding people with similar interests to follow. They link me to interesting sites or articles that I would otherwise not have heard of. They quote or say something insightful that I would not know of or thought of. This is what is interesting about Twitter. It is a great way to get a big of everything all at once.
However, not many people within my circle are active on Twitter. I think it comes from the fact that if you don’t have followers or anything interesting to look at, there is no reason to be there. We all like to have someone hear us when we have something to share. If there is nothing interesting to look at, why use the service. Sure, some might (reasonably) say that this can be done on Facebook. It’s not the same. Twitter forces you blurb your information. There is loads of information in one 140-character tweet. On a productive day you can get much better articles and and much better tailored to your liking than any social bookmarking site (i.e. digg, reddit, stumbleupon).
This may be the case simply due to the fact that it’s people curating the information. It could be that they found this little gem on some social bookmarking site but has now it gone through a further filtering. People have social bookmarked it and now someone who has similar has found shared it with others like him or her! Fantastic!
I want everyone I know to get a Twitter account to go with their Facebook. We can create little communities of friends that just share interesting ideas or link etc. Further, I want us all to have a Shared Twitter. This is a Twitter that we all curate. We can all log onto the account and once a day we each retweet something we found interesting from that account ensuring further filtering. (Actually, you should only retweet something if you found it to be really interesting and of worth.) I think for this to work we’re going to need at least 10-15 active participants. Any takers?