David Murray tried Twitter so you don’t have to. But after reading his gonzo account, you might want to tweet, yourself
Like you, I don’t have time to try every new social media application that comes down the pike; when it comes to new stuff, here’s how I vet it: I hear about it from Shel Holtz, then wait until I see evidence that Holtz is actually using the technology in his own life.
Then I wait one year, and check it out for myself.
That’s how I vetted Second Life, how I vetted blogs and podcasts before that—boy, Shel and I are getting old—it’s how I came grudgingly to agree that the World Wide Web offered some potential as a communication medium.
Twitter was no different except I may have waited a little longer than usual to make my dive into Twitter, which I finally did last Friday.
I was pretty skeptical.
After all, wasn’t it just a few years ago that every white-collar worker in the world was grouching bitterly about the impossible volume of e-mail? Weren’t we just reading those made-up think-tank statistics—500 useless e-mails per person per day costing the nation $4 trillion in lost productivity per minute?