The other day, I had a conversation on Twitter with five or six other people about how much we love our beds. Then, I asked what brand of rain boots I should buy.
So if you’ve ever wondered, “What’s the point of Twitter?”, please look no further.
Also, you are not alone. When that same question was posed to the CEO, Dick Costolo, and two of its founders, Evan Williams and Jack Dorse, they didn’t know either.
“I am working on clarity around that at the moment,” Costolo admits. “I am currently trying to define what Twitter’s purpose is in the long term. We will be able to be more specific on that answer in the near future.”
It seems people either love it or are confused by it, but that all depends upon how they use it. According to Dorsey, Twitter’s co-founder and chairman:
“It is hard to speak about Twitter’s vision without factoring in how much of its purpose has been defined by its users over the years. Users came up with so many parts of the service, such as the ‘hashtag’ [which allows people to link to a subject or an event] as so many people use it in so many different ways.”
Earlier this year, The Nielsen Company reported a suprising increase in live television viewing. Television executives attribute the rise in ratings to people watching live events and making comments on social site like Facebook or Twitter, essentially sharing the moment together but online.
370,000 people join Twitter everyday, and this in addition to the 175 million registered users sending 95 million tweets per day reported as of September 14, 2010. I follow approximately 309 of those users, and even that’s overwhelming at times.
So, how do I stay on top of it without being attached to my laptop or Blackberry 24-7?
Paper.li is a nifty new tool that make it easier to keep up with your “tweeps” (“tweeples”?) without having to spend day and night on Twitter, although it seems some people still do…
Here’s how it works. Paper.li organizes links, photos, and videos shared on Twitter into a daily newspaper-format which can be created by user, list, or hashtag.