Do We Really Need To Twitter?
A few years back I knew a guy who had one of the first blackberries. Armed with this new device, he would fire off incessant and inane emails while outside of the office, just because he could.
The emails often contained numerous typos, cryptic messages, stray useless thoughts and were sometimes sent to a few too many addressees, many of whom may have been the subject of ridicule in the emails.
Whenever I used to receive on of these electronic missives (clearly indicated as such by the “sent from my blackberry” tag line) I would recoil in vague amusement and remark to one of the many other recipients “there goes X again speaking in thumbs”; meaning cryptic and typo filled.
I filed this thought away for a few years. It strikes me X was sending these messages solely because he could not because he needed to or there was any value in doing so.
This is how I view the early adopters of twitter as they vainly try to justify some business reason for “following” the random stray thoughts of dozens of people similarly affilicted with repetitive thumb injuries.
Is there really any business value in twitter or are we just using it because its there?