You have heard about Twitter. Maybe. It's something other people do, mainly younger people. You subscribe to the service, then you can post little messages on people's cellphones, or on their instant message accounts. About nothing.
The perfect twitter is a lapidary techno-haiku: I send these pointless little messages, gobbling up Internet bandwidth for no reason. Because I am a twit . . . er.
In honor of Beam's article, I've created a blog badge for those of us who are the targets of his derision. Feel free to use the badge however you like. I have one in the sidebar of my page that links to my Twitter profile.
Many of you know I post to Twitter several times a day on average, but it took me several months of using (and more often NOT using) the site before I started to get anything out of it. Once I found a substantial number of people to follow (many of whom are fellow law librarians) and who followed me in return, however, the conversation took off. I am now in constant contact with librarians all over the country every single day.
I posted my own favorite Twitter experience as part of a comment to a post at Out of the Jungle about Beam's column:
A few weeks ago a librarian in Chicago Twittered that she was interested in an AALL session on empirical research. I replied to her -- via Twitter -- that I was also interested in this topic because I was working with such materials at work. Two days later, a librarian in LA who isn't even on Twitter asked me about my empirical research after she had a phone conversation the Chicago librarian. Minus Twitter, I wouldn't have made either of these valuable professional connections.
So I will continue to send pointless little messages.