Letting Twitter Go

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!

4 comments

  1. Ben Casnocha says:

    Ultimately your "friends" on Twitter need to be folks who you *are* interested in on a personal level — like whether they’re going to the airport or having dinner w/ family.

  2. rkassissieh says:

    Though watching your friends is a common use of Twitter, it doesn’t have to be this way. If enough technologists Twittered about their projects, we could have a rich conversation online about our work, as conference attendees have recently demonstrated.

  3. Vinnie Vrotny says:

    I have developed a number of resources sifting through the twitter noise. It is also summer, so once everyone settles back into the year, I am anticipating a different experience.

    Or, I will be like you and backing away.

  4. rkassissieh says:

    Thanks, Vinnie. I am happy to give it another try in September. Will I have time to Twitter then?