>From: Christopher Fahey <chris.fahey at behaviordesign.com> > >Moving away from products: You can't judge a restaurant until you go >there multiple times, on different days and times and ordering different >food. You can't judge a club until you go to some meetings and meet some >people. > >So Twitter is a *social* app, not just software code. To understand it, >you have to do the socializing part. And socializing takes time -- >socializing *is* time.
I think there's a bridge point lost here.
You *can* judge the car without driving it, or the restaurant after a single meal, or the club without becoming involved -- but only on the highest level. (I refrain from say the most "superficial" level, since that word has overtones to it.)
You can judge "I don't like the look of the Aztek, with that horrible high back" or "The spices used at that Ethiopian restaurant are too intense and make me sneeze" or even baser, "I have no use for a Vespa club, since I don't ride scooters". I don't need to drive one or eat there or join the club (for a month!) to know that I'm not going to enjoy it.
As yet, that's all I need to judge Twitter to a level suitable for me: "Nothing I've read or otherwise experienced about Twitter has intrigued me enough to pursue it deeper, and some things have actively kept me away. Not worth my time."
(But I also recognize that (a) that's just me and (b) I may change my mind some day. A few years ago, I tripped over an old e-mail I sent to someone in 1994 or so. He told me I really needed to check out this thing called the World Wide Web, that it was really going to be something some day, and I said nah, I don't see the appeal. Twitter could become my career some day!)