I have stopped my Twitter experiment. It was fun while it lasted. I followed a dozen people and got to find out when they went to the airport, played with their kids, and published new blog posts. I posted many of the little tasks I performed each day as I switched from project to project. I was hoping to get more information about other people’s tech work lives — what technologies they were playing with (besides the iPhone), breakthroughs, obstacles, and so on. Every so often, I read something really interesting, but the noise-to-signal ratio was too high. Most of the gems got repeated in people’s blog posts, anyway. It’s possible that I was reading the tweets of too many consultants and not enough school tech directors.
I will hold on to Twitter in order to drop in on conferences in progress if I can make myself available at the right times. It appears that people are also using Skype to conduct a backchannel chat during sessions. Two two applications could enhance a long-distance session experience, as long as I am reading the posts of at least one attendee!