Continuing my explorations into social networking, for the last few weeks I have been playing around a bit with Twitter. If you want to find me I am @gfxman
As I have discussed here before I have been taking a close look at some of the more popular social networking tools to try and get a better feel for what they offer and how people use them. I have spent quite a lot of time now looking at Facebook, LinkedIn and Plaxo so I figured it was about time to have a look at Twitter. If you follow those links you'll get to my page on the respective site by the way.
So far, my initial reaction from a few weeks of Twitter use is that I have found more of the people I know on Facebook (a mix of work connections and friends from outside work) and on LinkedIn (work connections) than I have on Twitter. Maybe that's just because the user names are more obscure and it's harder to find people or maybe it's simply because a different set of people are on Twitter. I'm not yet sure about Plaxo. It seems a lot of the people I know are there but are mostly redirecting to Plaxo from other places (Twitter, blog posts, photos etc.) rather than using it as their primary "meeting place".
One thing that does bug me a bit is the way people use Twitter to update other sites, such as Facebook. While this is clearly convenient for them, it does raise the question of if I make a comment to your posting on Facebook (that you made from Twitter) are you really going to see my response? Well, probably not, unless you are also watching for comments on Facebook. Of course the same is true in reverse. There are people that update Twitter from places like Facebook.
I could go on a lot more about the things I like and don't like about each of these tools but that's probably good fodder for a future posting.
I'm curious...if you are reading this...what social networking tools do you use (and why) ?