Twether or not to twitter?
Getting used to Twitter was a bit weird for me. Although I'm an avid user of some networking sites such as Facebook and MySpace, I found that Twitter was really cut and dry. Only 140 characters can be used in the space provided, so you are very limited to what you can say about your current project, setting, feelings or mood. And I do love the idea of being able to communicate to people in a moment's notice, but I have also been pretentious about too much communication. (I don't like the idea of having to always carry my phone around with me to every room in my house.) I do feel that if I had a mobile device with access to mobile web, I would probably utilize Twitter and other "webifying" communications more readily.
In Connect!, they list chatting, Instant messaging, status updaters, wikis and voice chat/videophoning as great ways to "webify" beyond emailing. (Connect! p.143-150) In today's hectic world, one can get too caught up in all of these simultaneous multi-medias. I sometimes find it hard to talk to one person in the middle of a project because I'm trying to write a concise, yet meaningful sentence. Imagine if I was trying to type a conversation while doing that too...disastrous!
However, I can see how Jen and her colleagues used Twitter to their advantage, by getting the word out on important events in a very precise and quick manner. Thus, I think it matters what you are focusing on or where you are working to determine if you can utilize these webifying applications in your job setting. I find it hard enough to finish a piece of homework without finding someone else's Facebook profile to look at or some article to read on MSN. So where it may work for some people, I just don't think that Twittering is for me...