I wasn't going to join yet another social utility website but curiosity prevailed--as a self-professed new media fanatic I had to check what all the rage is about. Now that I've seen it from inside, I still don't understand what is the added value of Twitter over Facebook (where I've been for a while now, reconnecting with a bunch of old friends and which I find useful, if you can ignore all the idiotic quizzes).
This is how Twitter's co-founder Biz Stone (what a name) described it to a Guardian journalist a few months ago:
The analogy there is that the Facebook status update is 'I'm headed to Boston' and then the whole time I'm in Boston, I'm Twittering that 'I'm getting doughnuts', 'I'm eating doughnuts', 'I'm on third street with doughnuts'. And then when you get back online, you'd say 'I'm back from Boston'. It's a different use case."I read this and I went, huh? This is it? I don't think I want to bore my friends with this level of detail and I also probably don't need to know what is going on in every minute of their lives.
What do you think? If you are tweeting (and I know some of you do), I would like to hear what's the attraction for you--why do you do it?