I was very skeptical about wanting to update it at first – nobody is interested in the minutiae of my life. There is certainly plenty of gimmick value in it (see Twittervision).
But it has started to show its benefits in a distributed development environment. You can get some updates on what people have been doing while you’ve been off-line (due to the different timezones), and you can drop notes on what you’re working on. It seems to make the working environment feel a bit "more real". And it has paid off a couple of times as I started to work on something I didn’t need to, or tried to locate someone at a conference 🙂
The key is that you get what you expect – anyone dropping these sorts of incessant updates to email or an IRC channel would look pretty foolish – but for Twitter, it’s just what you expect!
I’m still unsure of how it will scale up to a large number of friends. I’ve already had to scale back the communication I get from it (I use Twitterific, and have set it to Growl notifications only – no pop-ups). I only lasted a day getting IM tweets, and I’m pretty sure it’s never going on my phone. The annoyance factor needs to stay down.
What I suspect will happen is that as it gets too much, I’ll need to start ignoring friends that have the worst signal-to-noise ratio. The ones that not only tell you what they are doing, but what they are still doing 🙂
So, still thinking it’s a little silly, but going to keep it up and see how it goes for a while longer.
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