After yet another grumble at jt, I’ve finally broken and will give Twitter a try (my ID is andrewferrier). I’m still struggling to see where the benefit will come from, but he made the valid point that I can’t say for sure ‘til I try it - so I’ve given in and will give it a go. To be fair, I’ve come across two bits of useful info. already, so early signs are promising.
My concerns are:
It’ll suck time. I don’t think that can be avoided - it’s just a question of whether there’s enough benefit there to make it worthwhile.
I haven’t yet found an interface that works for me. twitter.com is too much of a stream-of-consciousness, and not rich enough to show clear threads of discussion or filter stuff out. I’m avoiding desktop clients as a matter of habit these days. Integrating the RSS feed into my Google Reader stream will just overwhelm me. This could be a deal-breaker; I’m already wondering whether Twitter actually lends itself to a inbox, read-everything model or if I should chill and let stuff slip past unread (something that sends prickles down my spine).
Twitter’s help pages suck. Still haven’t found the number to SMS updates to in the UK (OK, I haven’t tried _that _hard).