What’s Twitter good for?

By Steve Outing

I’ve been playing around a bit with Twitter, occasionally tossing something on my Twitter log — nothing of much consequence, just random ideas or thoughts, and without much regularity. I’ll keep at it, even if no one else is watching. (That’s only close to true; I currently have 1 person tracking my Twitter posts. :) )

I used to think of blogs as the place to write up smaller things that didn’t warrant greater treatment, such as a column or full article. Now I think of Twitter as a place for even lesser things — stuff that doesn’t warrant a blog item.

I do think that Twitter has some great potential — though probably not for me personally. (Well, I can imagine it as an oddball but interesting archived series of snapshots of my life; it’ll be interesting to look back on my Twitterings years from now.)

But wouldn’t you love to tune in to the Twitterings of some people you find especially interesting? There are some friends with interesting lives that it’s fun to view their Twitter musings. As my kids get older and move out, it’d be cool if they Twittered, so I can keep tabs on the minutiae of their lives.

Beyond people you know and care about, I think there’s potential for celebrity Twittering. I can imagine it even turning into a revenue source for enterprising celebs. Has anyone thought of the financial potential of Twitter yet?

Author: Steve Outing Steve Outing is a Boulder, Colorado-based media futurist, digital-news innovator, consultant, journalist, and educator. ... Need assistance with media-company future strategy? Get in touch with Steve!