I love Twitter. I think it’s a great tool for keeping in touch, though I’m still in the middle of trying to convince friends and colleages to use it (it’s considered a bit geeky I think).
However, I just removed my first “follows”, because that well-known person was simply regurgitating links to articles on Truemors.com. If I wanted to know what was on Truemors, I’d add a feed to Google Reader, but I don’t, so I haven’t. What I want to hear on Twitter is what people are thinking, ideas they’ve had, not mindless link propagation linking to something I could add a feed for.
There is an excellent article by Chris Pirillo on 10 ways to Eliminate the Echo Chamber. Which is well worth a read. Blogging (and Twitter is a form of blogging) should be you posting about your own experiences and ideas, with links as appropriate to add value and context.
I also don’t want to listen to one-half of a conversation they’re having with someone else. I want that stuff out of the main feed, and either displayed as a thread, or hidden altogether. I don’t want Twitter to become a chatroom. We have chatrooms and newsgroups for that, which are real-time, allow everyone to participate and can be indexed by Google for searching. If you want to get me on the SMS/mobile aspect, then I’ll let you have that. Even then, with 3G and widespread commercial Wi-fi coupled with devices like the iPhone and iPod Touch, that could soon start to change.
I’ll stop now, I’m getting way too big for my boots, but I really like Twitter, and what it could do if it doesn’t become polluted, as Facebook as been. I’m worried about it, is all.
What do you want Twitter to be?