What initially won me over to twitter was finding out that Jenny Holzer was using it to disseminate her truisms. The thought of receiving random, unsolicited text messages from her completely delighted me.
I went for several months only using twitter to receive instructions from her.
Gradually, however, I realized that it could be used to receive softcore porn, too! The next few people I added were hot guys that liked to take pictures of themselves.
That was really all it took to justify using twitter for me. If you're not Jenny Holzer or a cute camwhore, the next best use I've seen for twitter is brief social or psychological observations, since they can be made in the field.
Many things posted to twitter benefit from the character restriction, because the form eliminates the temptation to pad a hard kernel of observation with a preamble, context, or elaboration that would only lessen the impact.
A couple of examples that have helped redeem the site for me, both from the same person:
- @kuschkusch: The hurdle I have faced in all my relationships: the fear that saying no to anything means saying no to everything.
- @kuschkusch: I was told today, "That's your ego talking." I responded, "Your ego is what you talk with. Your id has no vocabulary."