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Dave Huston

Excellent point. I find that a lot of Twitter users, like myself, work from home or coffee shops a lot. For us, Twitter become the office chatter that our work lives are currently lacking.

Hans-Joerg (ME)

Twitter for me is like a non-invasive form of Messaging. I can follow persons i adore or find interesting without disturbing them, i can stay connected to my friends and family via mobile, the messages wait for me, it's easier to twitter than to comment somewhere, and i don't expect a reply like in a Messenger... but i love each reply i get back of course. It's not replacing real social contacts. It even makes meeting each other easier at times. It's much more satisfying than waiting for Blog Comments. Together with tools like friendfeed.com i can reach and follow a lot of the ones i care about in every life situation. And the best thing is: I dont need to stay connected all the time. The tool waits for me until i find the time to check. That's what i like about twitter. And it gets people micro-blogging that normally wont blog. Will follow you later, Debbie. Good to be able to read you there as well.

Tim Wilson

Well put! Twitter has taught me how little it takes to make a personal connection with someone. And, even a tenuous personal connection can be a great entre to a deeper dialogue. It's a little like being at a party -- a 3-minute conversation makes a world of difference six months later when you cross paths with that person again.

And, to one of Dave's point, there are a lot of tools rolling out constantly to help people use the basic Twitter infrastructure in a way that benefits them (and the community). In my case, it's Twhirl + Tweetscan...currently. But that's subject to change.

Kevin

Um ... no. Sorry. Love ya, Debbie, but not with you on this one. If you like Twitter and find it useful, then I think that's great. But it has only the most limited of possibilities as a form of business communication and, as I've written on my own blog, represents exactly what the people who hate social media think social media is. If you want a cool way to text your friends, then it's great. But the way some folks (not you) have lately been waxing poetic about the inherent profundity of 140-character "tweets" has been downright nauseating. Perhaps consultants and people who work from home are starved for idle chit-chat, but I'm starting to wonder what happened to real communication and conversation.

(End of rant. :)

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