Twitter is a Tease

September 24th, 2007

Maybe this goes without saying. Twitter is fascinating beause it is such a proto-social network. It does almost nothing, but I probably use it more than any other network I am on.

Still tring to figure out what twitter is “about”, I’ve been thinking about the posts that grab my attention. I follow basically three kinds of twitterers: friends, news outlets and tech experts/celebrities. I like getting little vignettes of my friends ‘ lives that tell me what’s going on with them. This is less true from strangers, though the occasional trenchant comment can be fun.

What gets me to follow people I don’t know is really the same as what I get out of news tweets- teasers that make we want to learn more. I don’t think I am alone in this. Loic le Meur has twittered repeatedly about certain aspects of the new product his company is developing, but without explaining what the product is at all. In the same vein, Evan Williams posted a couple of tweets this morning about “namestorming”- for a new product? Inquiring minds want to know.

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