At Twitter, we ask one question, "What are you doing?" The answers to this question are for the most part rhetorical. In other words, users do not expect a response when they send a message to Twitter. On the receiving end, Twitter is ambient--updates from your friends and relatives float to your phone, IM, or web site and you are only expected to pay as much or as little attention to them as you see fit.Well there you have it, clear as mud. Please let us know your thoughts, if most of you would like to see it added I'm sure we can figure out the technical side of it. And if anyone can explain 'What is it?' better than Twitter does, please let us all know (and you cannot use the phrase 'Twitter is ambient'). And also let us know if there is anything else you would like to see us add.
The result of using Twitter to stay connected with friends, relatives, and coworkers is that you have a sense of what folks are up to but you are not expected to respond to any updates unless you want to. This means you can step in and out of the flow of information as it suits you and it never queues up with increasing demand of your attention. Additionally, users are very much in control of whose updates they receive, when they receive them, and on what device. For example, we provide settings for scheduling Twitter to automatically turn off at dinnertime and users can switch off Twitter updates at any point.
Simply put, Twitter is what you make of it--receive a lot of information about your friends, or just a tiny bit. It's up to them.
Saturday, February 21, 2009
Should RaysProspects Add Twitter?
The reason for the poll question is that several baseball sites I visit have recently added Twitter feeds to their sidebars. I went ahead and created an account for RaysProspects, but I'm not sure whether to add a feed on the site. Is it something you want? Is it annoying? What is it? The answer to the last question from the Twitter About Us:
-- By Doug at 4:34 PM