Twitter: A Good Thing or a Waste of Time?


Hugh MacLeod has decided to close his own account of Twitter, and apparently that’s a pretty big deal — because strangely, his move seems to push the debate about Twitter in the U.S. blogosphere.

His decision revived the debate.

Below is a comic’s version of Hugh:

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Twitter: Angel or Devil?

All this is very similar to Facebook: we like it, we don’t like it, we like it again, now we don’t like it -)

Personally, I Twit on occasion. I am sometimes tempted to say it was a waste of time, especially if I begin to really love all of this. At other times, I like it and I send some twitts. These are facts to prove that I exist.

Becoming hooked on Twitter is so easy. You read someone’s post and find that he wants to share his time with his “followers.” Then someone responds, another person responds to that, then another person, and it just continues… a person can quickly be taken at his own game and spend hours at this. At its most insane, Twitter may resemble Casino Blogger. But because there is no money to deal with, the only bargaining chip is to find a scoop or learn something new about a blogger we know well.

But Twitter isn’t a void. It’s a coffee shop. On Friday night, for example.

Or twitter is perfect for news monitoring.

Whatever.

Sometimes I love it. Sometimes I say to myself, “give me back these 20 minutes of my life”. But because I tend to optimize my time behind the computer, it is clear that I will not ever become addicted to Twitter.

It is a real love-hate relationship.

It is best, therefore, to use Twitter with restraint and intelligence.

At least I think Twitter has minimal interest for bloggers, unlike Facebook….