I still do not know exactly what to think about Twitter. I use it, and often leave it up all day, but it seems a little bit superfluous for most of us.
I completely understand how it makes sense for a famous person to have ‘followers’, though I hate the cultlike sound of that, because they are public figures and people are interested in what they are doing. For example I ‘follow’ both Newt Gingrich and Richard Dawkins. Therefore it makes sense for me to follow them if I am interested in some nugget of a quote from Dawkins or Gingrich’s take on a political news story, and often those ‘famous’ people turn around and follow me in response, presumably looking for more feedback from ‘the choir’ in most cases.
But for people like me, meaning broadcasting my status updates, Twitter is basically a glorified Facebook Status string wrapped up in an application. What I do not get is why regular people like me start picking up followers that we do not know. I am going to play around with writing an application that goes through others’ lists of followers and followed to see if it can figure out where some of these rogue followers came from.
Anyone else using Twitter with anything interesting to add here?