In the last 6 months of 2007 Facebook had a good share of my time and we all saw it become a widespread phenomenon. It appeared in mainstream news as a source of facts, it was talked about as the new darling of the Internet and it appeared they could do no wrong. Microsoft invested $250m and it got daily chatter on Techmeme and in VC circles. The Beacon fiasco of late 2007 didn't help their case and though the hyperbole merchants predicted it would die under the weight of the Google Open Social announcement, it's still going strong. Well, in some circles.
To be honest I used to check Facebook almost hourly in the first few weeks - who didn't - in their keenness to be on the cusp of everything new, to have the biggest circle of friends and to be in the most groups. I still check Facebook but probably once per day now and it's getting less. I got tired of the zombie crap, of being invited to groups I wouldn't dream of being I had no interest in and worn out by the spam it added to my inbox. All of this is under my control of course so I spent the last few days editing my profile to send email alerts to a secondary account, removing myself from groups I'd clicked yes to because it was easier than no, and removing "friends" who just create noise on my Facebook home page.
Regardless, my time is being spent elsewhere and from what I can tell, so is the time of most of the online folks I hang out with. Twitter is where it's at. Last year I derided Twitter but it's clear now that I simply didn't get it - I didn't want to know what kind of sandwich Scoble was eating - I now totally get it. Along with Google Reader, it's becoming an indispensable tool for me. Here's why:
Dan York helped me crystallise these a few more reasons though with his very well written The 10 ways I learned to use Twitter in 2007... (aka Why and How I use Twitter). Most notably the knowledge network capability which has huge potential, particularly in the enterprise. I can ask pretty much any question I like on Twitter and know that within less than 5 minutes I will have answers or suggestions. Inside Microsoft, we have a tonne of email aliases that do just that. It's this part that has really got me thinking and why I'll be posting more on Twitter soon including...
My friends think I have gone Twitter mad over the last 2 weeks. They thought that about Facebook too and though Facebook isn't going away, Twitter is going to be the news is 2008.
If you're not on Twitter, sign up at www.twitter.com and follow me at http://www.twitter.com/stevecla to see what all the noise is about.
[update] Mitch Joel referred to Twitter as "the Social Pulse" and like Dan, explains it better than I
PingBack from http://geeklectures.info/2008/01/06/10-reason-i-think-twitter-is-the-new-facebook/
bearing in mind you can be part of the crowd "sourced" for an influential blog post. This also means you get the gist of the breaking news BEFORE it breaks via blog or podcast.
Twitter - The Social RSS...??
I posted a short while back on the fact that I had lost my 'Twitter' cherry. Like all things new,