zondag, april 06, 2008

Twitter: for people without kids?

Since i'm doing a keynote presentation for a group of secretaries of works councils (what's the right English word for dutch words ondernemingsraad / medezeggenschap? where people get to talk with the managers about decisions?) on trends on the internet on April 18th, i thought i would give Twitter a try. I didn't want to spent money on it so gave Twhirl, a Twitter PC client, a try. And got connected with some Twitting people :-).

Now, shouting a short message in space with no idea who is going to notice or what they would do with it, seems odd to me. If i have something i want friends to know, i sent them an email, call them ... contact them directly.

Another thing that bugged me: sure, i LOVE to communicate, know what friends are up to, get to know new people, let them know what i'm doing etc. But: my life is filled with all kinds of other stuff already! With 2 kids, a wife, a full-time job, 42 RSS-feeds, friends with problems needing help etc (and preparing for this keynote ;-)): no time left! 40+ people twittering 10 messages a day would mean 400 messages. Without counting time for replies: this eats up some time, time i already invest in all those other things. I'm not even doing sports! And lots of other things, like playing board games with my kids. (April 17th: just found this post of another person drowning in Twits and this take on social networking & twitter from Wired Lore Sjoberg says pretty good how i feel about it as well)

So when someone Twittered what was the purpose of social networking sites like LinkedIn and (Dutch) Hyves, i Twitter-replied the same could be asked about the thing he was using to ask the question: "what's the purpose of Twitter?". Jojanneke, a friend i worked with and very active with new media, replied with 2 links, one to her own blog (go and have a look ;-)), and one to this presentation of Erwin Blom (a guy i also heard Remco Pijpers about). I think the slides show nicely what Twitter is about. But also that it depends on your phase of life whether you can fit this in! Just yesterday a (non IT) friend of mine asked me "what are all those people doing on social networking sites. Don't they have a life? Do they even still call people? Don't they have kids to take care of, husbands/wives and normal live things?"

2 opmerkingen:

  1. Richard de Jong9:48 p.m.

    Hoi Raoul,

    Toen ik les gaf in het Engels maakte ik regelmatig gebruik van http://lookwayup.com/free/dict.htm#

    om woorden van NE naar EN te vertalen.
    Dit is het beste woordenboek dat ik ken (hoewel ondernemingsraad en medeezeggenschap er niet in staan ;-) )

    Volgens mij is er wel een maximum aantal zoekopdrachten per dag (30 of 50 oid) maar door de systeemtijd even een dagje vooruit te zetten, kun je dat omzeilen.

    groet,


    Richard de Jong

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  2. Richard de Jong7:24 a.m.

    Hoi Raoul,

    Toen ik les gaf in het Engels maakte ik regelmatig gebruik van http://lookwayup.com/free/dict.htm#

    om woorden van NE naar EN te vertalen.
    Dit is het beste woordenboek dat ik ken (hoewel ondernemingsraad en medeezeggenschap er niet in staan ;-) )

    Volgens mij is er wel een maximum aantal zoekopdrachten per dag (30 of 50 oid) maar door de systeemtijd even een dagje vooruit te zetten, kun je dat omzeilen.

    groet,


    Richard de Jong

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