What is interesting is that almost everyone has looked at this question from
the Poster's point of view and not the reader's. Very interesting. I LOVE
reading my twitter follower's feed. Sometimes its a bit much when David
Armano is at a conference, or Thomas Vander Wal is traveling around the
world (I mean how many times can one man be stuck on a tarmack?).
But it is a great way for me to not be connected (that's like 'ease of
use'), but rather to get new insights into the lives of.
Examples. I have met with, corresponded with, even planned a conference with
Dan Saffer, but I only found out through twitter that he plays cello.
There are a million such situations like this.
Now going back to the other side of it (and I'm concentrating on twitter).
First off, I don't think of it as micro-blogging. It is not a log in any
sense of the term for me, the way a blog is, or maybe it is more like a log
than a blog is. But it is so much about the way I monitor it. The fact that
it can come into so many different platforms and they are all push (by
choice/selection). And I can push back through all of those same platforms
Next thing, it is sometimes an easier (and also cheaper) way to SMS someone,
especially someone around the world. I love doing back and forth direct
message conversations with Daniel Szuc in Hong Kong (or wherever he is this
week -- I think Taipei). The fact that I even know he is in Taipei would
have never happened before twitter.
A great resource to look up about all this are some of the talks on Leisa's
blog www.disambiguity.com. Just look for "ambient intimacy".
On a separate note, this is also why I use facebook. It's stream/feed is
also a great way to relate to people in a different way.